Introduction/Background*The introduction of telephone or patient-initiated follow-up schemes for endometrial cancer (EC) follow-up across the UK has been primarily clinician-led. This has resulted great variation in the structure and management of such schemes, as well as the population of EC patients enrolled. The aim of this study was to investigate clinicians’ views on the existing schemes and guidance for EC follow-up, and to determine the interest in the development of a national UK-wide stratified EC follow-up scheme.
Methodology The views of clinicians involved in the follow-up of patients who have undergone treatment for EC were explored through semi-structured telephone interviews. Purposeful sampling was applied to ensure that the views gathered spanned diverse clinical backgrounds, experience and geography throughout the UK. Interviews were audio recorded, transcribed verbatim and analysed using framework analysis.
Result(s)*Interviews were conducted with gynaecological oncologists, cancer unit gynaecologists, oncologists and clinical nurse specialists (CNS). There was overwhelming interest to move towards patient initiated follow-up schemes, although there was variation in the extent of implementation of such schemes between cancer centres and units across the UK. There was also variation in the structure and patient populations clinicians felt should be included in the schemes. The concept of a national protocol for EC follow-up was of interest to the participants, although it was felt that the addition of biomarker monitoring would increase the confidence in transferring patients with high-risk or advanced disease to such a scheme.
Conclusion*There is a move towards risk-stratified follow-up schemes for EC, in particular patient-initiated follow-up. Clinicians reported interest in the development of a national follow-up strategy in order to reduce variation in practice and enable equality of access to innovative schemes across the UK.
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