Telephonic Contact and Subsequent Physical Follow up Treated Lung Cancer Patients (TELE001)
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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01133067
Verified July 2014 by J P AGARWAL, Tata Memorial Hospital. Recruitment status was: Active, not recruiting
Does the routine clinical practice of follow up after primary treatment in lung cancer patients has any utility.
Condition or disease
Patients of cancer, after their primary treatment are subsequently called for follow up visits to assess the disease status. This has two important implications from the point of view of resource management. One, patients often have to travel long distances to report to the hospital and have to take care of other logistics such as their accommodation, local travel and food. Further often the patient travels with 1-2 attendants which adds to the logistic burden. Also, these patients of follow up also contribute to the load on existing hospital services. Many authors have speculated that follow-up visits generate anxiety about possible disease recurrence. On the other hand, many others have suggested that although there may be a transient increase in anxiety, patients are ultimately reassured by this practice. Hence, there is no firm evidence for the practice and the need for follow up in oncology care.
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Ages Eligible for Study:
18 Years to 90 Years (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:
All curative lung cancer patients after there intial primary treatment who have already been given scheduled appointment shall be called telephonically every 3 months. A set of questions shall be asked to the patient in his /her vernacular during the telephonic interview.After the telephonic interview, the patients shall then report to the cancer care specialist at the Hospital for the due follow up visit.
All patients of lung cancer treated with a radical aim (e.g surgery, Chemoradiation, surgery followed by adjuvant treatment or any other combination)
Patients should have completed radical /adjuvant treatment, if any
Patients of both SCLC and NSCLC
Patients with at least two telephone numbers (landline/mobile/both)
Patients willing to participate
All patients for palliative intention
Patients with less than two contact telephone numbers -