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Follow-up of Gynecological Cancer Patients, Their Needs and Expectations, A Cooperation Project

This study has been completed.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Heidi Lidal Fidjeland, University of Oslo Identifier:
First received: August 15, 2012
Last updated: May 11, 2016
Last verified: May 2016
Follow-up of cancer patients accounts for a substantial part of outpatient activity, and alternative models of care are developing. In some countries, low-risk follow-up is already done in primary care, mainly in breast, and colorectal cancer. In this study the investigators will explore gynecological cancer patients about their expectations regarding their future follow-up plan. Further, the investigators will ask about the experience and satisfaction among patients who have already attended a follow-up programme for 2-3 years. In addition, the investigators will especially focus on the cooperation aspect between primary and secondary care. The investigators hypothesize that follow-up of selected gynecological cancer patients can be done by general practitioners.

Endometrial Cancer Ovarian Cancer Cervical Cancer

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Case-Only
Time Perspective: Cross-Sectional
Official Title: Gynecological Cancer Survivors` Views on Follow-up After Cancer Treatment

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Further study details as provided by Heidi Lidal Fidjeland, University of Oslo:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Patient expectation questionnaire [ Time Frame: within the first 30 days after primary treatment ]
    The patients will be asked to fill in a quesionnaire regarding their expectations on follow-up care

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Patient satisfaction questionnaire [ Time Frame: 3 years after treatment ]
    The patients will be asked to fill in a quesionnaire regarding their satisfaction on follow-up care after three years

Enrollment: 239
Study Start Date: September 2012
Study Completion Date: December 2015
Primary Completion Date: December 2015 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
recently treated patients
2-3 years after treatment

Detailed Description:

After gynaecological cancer patients have completed their treatment, they are followed up at a gynaecological outpatient clinic for a number of years. The aim of such follow-up is to detect recurrence, improve survival and reduce adverse effects of the treatment. The national guide for oncological gynaecology recommends follow-up by a specialist for five years at intervals depending on cancer type. Several review studies on follow-up of endometrial, cervical and ovarian cancer patients show large international variations in follow-up routines. There are only retrospective studies available, and they indicate that most recurrences are discovered within the first three years after completed treatment, and, in most cases, by the women themselves. More intensive surveillance does not appear to affect the time for discovery of recurrence.

A few randomised controlled studies and retrospective cohort studies have been published that focus on follow-up of colon cancer and breast cancer patients by general practitioners versus by hospital specialists. These studies have not shown any significant differences between the groups in terms of detection of recurrence, incidence of serious clinical events connected with recurrence or health-related quality of life.

The investigators therefore plan to perform a study in which both gynaecological cancer patients and their regular general practitioners are asked about their views on patient follow-up after completed treatment. The investigators especially wish to focus on the collaboration aspect.


Ages Eligible for Study:   19 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   Female
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population
Newly treated gynecological cancer patients and patients treated 2-3 years ago

Inclusion Criteria:

  • > 18 years
  • histologically or cytologically proven cancer

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Unability to fill out questionnaires (due to language or cognitive barriers)
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01691144

Sorlandet Hospital Kristiansand
Kristiansand, Norway, 4621
St. Olavs Hospital
Trondheim, Norway, 7030
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Oslo
Study Chair: Mette Brekke, PhD University of Oslo
  More Information

Responsible Party: Heidi Lidal Fidjeland, MD, University of Oslo Identifier: NCT01691144     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 2012/355B
Study First Received: August 15, 2012
Last Updated: May 11, 2016

Keywords provided by Heidi Lidal Fidjeland, University of Oslo:

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Uterine Cervical Neoplasms
Endometrial Neoplasms
Uterine Neoplasms
Genital Neoplasms, Female
Urogenital Neoplasms
Neoplasms by Site
Uterine Cervical Diseases
Uterine Diseases
Genital Diseases, Female processed this record on September 19, 2017