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1049 The GO forward ovarian cancer nurse led clinic
  1. Caroline Miller1,
  2. Sheila Boylan1,
  3. Sheilah Broderick1,
  4. Emma Nixon1,
  5. Tracey Fitzpatrick1,
  6. Donal Brennan1,
  7. Geraldine O’Sullivan Coyne1 and
  8. Yvonne O’Meara2
  1. 1Mater University Hospital, Dublin, Ireland
  2. 2University College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland


Introduction/Background Women with ovarian cancer experience both physical symptoms as well as a myriad of psychosocial concerns. It causes considerable distress and uncertainty as it is synonymous with mortality.

As recurrence and the need for future treatment is likely, the impact on quality of life (QOL) is significant. Oncology nurses play an integral role in patient assessment, education, symptom management and supportive care. By providing nurse led survivorship clinics UCD-GOG delivers patient centred care which enhances QOL.

This new initiative helps patients move into the next phase of their cancer journey. The purpose is to empower patients to live well and achieve their best possible health moving forward. Providing guidance and support on healthy lifestyle, disease prevention and control, aiming for good QOL and prolonged survival.

Methodology The clinic combines face to face nurse led education sessions with virtual review clinics for clinically well patients after their primary treatment is completed.

A treatment summary designed with contribution from the ISGO-PPI is provided. Using an NCCN distress thermometer and a holistic needs assessment (HNA) to guide the consultation, treatment and lifestyle related side effects are assessed. Each patient is provided with a resource pack to support their survivorship needs and education on alert symptoms which may be indicative of disease recurrence.

Results Over 150 patients have been reviewed in the GO Forward Clinic to date. Preliminary feedback from patients is extremely positive with the majority reporting a real sense of holistic, individualised care. Our aim is to do a service evaluation next year to ascertain the benefit of this clinic from our patient’s perspective.

Conclusion The specialist nurse offers tailored, accessible and expert care to women with ovarian cancer. The GO forward clinic endeavours to empower ovarian cancer patients on how to live well and achieve their best possible health moving forward.

Disclosures Nil.

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