Randomized Trial of Follow-up Strategies in Breast Cancer
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The purpose of this study is to determine whether family physician 'routine follow-up care' of women with breast cancer in remission is an acceptable alternative to the existing system of specialist follow-up. Primary outcome measure are event rates of oncological catastrophes and quality of life.
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Ages Eligible for Study:
Child, Adult, Senior
Sexes Eligible for Study:
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:
Women with breast cancer on well follow-up at regional cancer centres in Ontario and Manitoba
Diagnosed at least 12 months previously (range 9-15 months)
Without evidence of active disease (i.e., stages IIIB and IV excluded)
Free from any primary treatment complications
Primary treatment at least 3 months previously, except for continued use of tamoxifen
Still experiencing complications of primary treatment (patients will become eligible once complications resolve provided they are within the 6 month window)
Unable to identify an acceptable family physician to provide follow-up
Language or literacy skills inconsistent with completing questionnaires
Unable to comply with study protocol including completion of questionnaires
Previously enrolled in a study which requires continued follow-up in specialist or peripheral clinics
Actively followed at a cancer centre for another primary cancer