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Comment & Response
October 2017

Consider Quality of Life to Improve Quality of Cancer Guidelines—Reply

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Surgery, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, New York
  • 2Center for Health Policy and Outcomes, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, New York
  • 3Surgical Outcomes and Quality Improvement Center (SOQIC), Department of Surgery, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois
  • 4Department of Medicine, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, New York
  • 5Department of Medicine, Weill Medical College of Cornell University, New York, New York
JAMA Intern Med. 2017;177(10):1538-1539. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2017.3700

In Reply We appreciate the letters from Schepisi et al and Nekhlyudov et al, both of which highlight the need for a definition of cancer survivorship care that goes beyond surveillance for recurrent disease. In our study,1 we reported on the inconsistency and lack of clarity among national guidelines regarding posttreatment surveillance in patients with common adult cancers and recommended a more systematic guideline development process. These letters make an additional point about the appropriate scope of survivorship care.

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