Gynecologic cancer survivor preferences for long-term surveillance

Matthew Schlumbrecht, Charlotte Sun, Marilyn Huang, Andrea Milbourne, Diane Bodurka

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Abstract

Background: With ongoing healthcare reform and shrinking numbers of oncologists, appropriate triaging of gynecologic cancer survivor care is crucial. Input from patients is a necessary part of this task. The objective of this study was to assess the preferences of gynecologic cancer survivors for surveillance after the completion of treatment. Methods: A 38-item questionnaire was developed and launched in conjunction with the Foundation for Women's Cancer (FWC). All women who registered as gynecologic cancer survivors with the FWC were invited to participate. Patients were asked about physician preferences for multiple symptoms and diagnoses, and when they felt comfortable transferring care out of their oncologists' offices. Analyses were performed with chi-square and logistic regression. Results: Six hundred twenty four patients completed the questionnaire. Sixty six percent had ovarian cancer, and 86% were primarily treated by a gynecologic oncologist. Fifty seven percent of the respondents reported being unwilling to see a physician other than their oncologist for survivorship care at any time. Women age > 60 years were less willing to leave their oncologists for survivorship care at any time compared to younger women (OR 1.53 [95% CI 1.03-2.27], p = 0.03). Ovarian cancer survivors were also more likely to report a desire to stay with their oncologists compared with uterine cancer survivors (p < 0.001). With few exceptions, respondents preferred management of non-oncologic medical problems by their oncologists. Conclusions: Gynecologic cancer survivors prefer that their oncologists remain heavily involved in survivorship care. Reconciling patient needs with physician and financial constraints will be a challenge as the survivor population continues to grow.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number375
JournalBMC Cancer
Volume18
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 3 2018

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Keywords

  • Endometrial cancer
  • Gynecologic cancer
  • Ovarian cancer
  • Preferences
  • Surveillance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Genetics
  • Cancer Research

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