Follow-up practice in endometrial cancer and the association with patient and hospital characteristics: A study from the population-based PROFILES registry

Kim A. H. Nicolaije*, Nicole P. M. Ezendam, M. Caroline Vos, Dorry Boll, Johanna M. A. Pijnenborg, Roy F. P. M. Kruitwagen, Marnix L. M. Lybeert, Lonneke V. van de Poll-Franse

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Abstract

Objective. To examine to what extent endometrial cancer survivors experienced follow-up according to the Dutch national guidelines, and to identify associations between follow-up care consumption and socio-demographic and clinical characteristics, Health-Related Quality of Life (HRQL), and worry (including fear of recurrence). Patients' preferences with the received follow-up care were also evaluated. Methods. All patients diagnosed with endometrial cancer FIGO stages I-II between 1999 and 2007, registered in the Eindhoven Cancer Registry (ECR), received a questionnaire including patients' follow-up care consumption, preferences regarding the follow-up schedule, HRQL (SF36 and EORTC-QLQ-EN24), and worry (IOCv2). Results. 742 (77%) endometrial cancer survivors returned a completed questionnaire. Overall, 19% reported receiving more follow-up visits than recommended by the guidelines. Overconsumption of follow-up care was lowest in follow-up year 1(13%), and highest in follow-up years 6-10 (27%). In addition, overconsumption was associated with having a comorbid condition, a higher score on the worry subscale, and hospital of treatment. Most patients (83%) felt comfortable with their follow-up schedule. Patients in follow-up years 6-10 felt least comfortable (69%). Conclusion. Follow-up frequency was higher than recommended in a large group of endometrial cancer survivors, mainly in follow-up years 6-10. Moreover, a substantial variation in follow-up practice was observed between the different hospitals. Despite limited evidence to support the use of intensive follow-up schedules, the current study suggests that intensive routine follow-up after endometrial cancer continues to be standard practice. Possibly, patients should be better informed in order to reduce overconsumption and worry.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)324-331
JournalGynecologic Oncology
Volume129
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2013

Keywords

  • Endometrial cancer
  • Cancer survivors
  • Follow-up frequency
  • Follow-up care consumption
  • Hospital variation
  • Health-Related Quality of Life

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