Follow-up after curative treatment for breast cancer consists of frequent outpatient clinic visits, scheduled at regular intervals. Its aim is primarily to detect local disease recurrence, or a second primary breast cancer, but also to provide information and psychosocial support. The cost-effectiveness of these frequent visits is being questioned however, leading to a search for less intensive follow-up strategies, such as follow-up by the general practitioner, patient-initiated or nurse-led follow-up or contact by telephone. These strategies are generally considered to be safe, but they are not yet widely accepted in clinical practice. Since brief interventions based on self-education and information have been shown to be able to improve quality of life, we hypothesise that these interventions may lead to a better acceptance of reduced follow-up by both patients and professionals.
Kimman, M. L., Voogd, A. C., Dirksen, C. D., Falger, P. R. J., Hupperets, P. S. G. J., Keymeulen, K. B. I. M., Hebly, M. H., Dehing-Oberije, C. J. G., Lambin, P., & Boersma, L. J. (2007). Follow-up after curative treatment for breast cancer: why do we still adhere to frequent outpatient clinic visits? European Journal of Cancer, 43(4), 647-653. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ejca.2006.12.002