HOME >> MEDICINE >> NEWS
Should nurses conduct breast cancer follow-up visits?

Hamburg, Germany: Women who have been treated for breast cancer find follow-up visits to their oncologists unsatisfactory and not reassuring, according to research carried out in Sweden.

Ingrid Kssler, president of the Swedish Association of Breast Cancer Societies, told the 4th European Breast Cancer Conference in Hamburg today (Thursday 18 March) that the format of follow-up visits needed to be changed and that research should be carried out into the efficacy of specialist nurses conducting the follow-ups.

Ms Kssler sent questionnaires to 1,200 members of three different local breast cancer organizations within the Swedish Breast Cancer Association, and also distributed it to participants in an Internet discussion forum. She received over 600 replies.

"The majority of the women preferred to go to a breast centre for follow-up visits rather than to their GP," said Ms Kssler. "However, they indicated that the follow-up examinations were hurried, investigations were not reassuring and some women reported a lack of continuity as they saw different oncologists at each visit. Many women felt there was no opportunity to ask questions, express emotional concerns or talk about their social situation.

"Other research has found that 70 to 80 per cent of recurrences have been detected by the patients themselves and this casts doubt on the effectiveness of follow-up visits with oncologists and surgeons and the use of routine investigations.

"It is important that the follow-up visits are changed to meet patients' ongoing needs better."

The rationale behind follow-up visits after primary treatment for breast cancer is that early detection of a recurrence leads to a better outcome, that women get a sense of psychological security and satisfaction from the visit, and that the data collected are useful for quality assurance. However, the visits are expensive and Ms Kssler said that if they are also ineffective in achieving their a
'"/>

Contact: Emma Mason
wordmason@aol.com
49-403-569-3625
Federation of European Cancer Societies
18-Mar-2004


Page: 1 2

Related medicine news :

1. Should medical students have earlier contact with patients?
2. Should compulsory screening of immigrants be part of UK public health policy?
3. Should the standard guidelines for assessing prostate cancer control be changed?
4. Should living liver donation be available in the NHS?
5. Should ambulance crews perform emergency breathing procedure?
6. C-reactive proteins: Should everyone be tested?
7. Should people with dementia be electronically tagged?
8. Should we help to create disabled babies?
9. Should people with diabetes sleep with the lights on?
10. Should women be screened for domestic violence?
11. Should banks be liable for pollution caused by companies that borrow from them?

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:12/6/2019)... ... December 06, 2019 , ... Brain Sentinel, ... Baltimore, Maryland at the AES Annual Meeting. The symposium, “Fundamentals of Quantitative Surface ... methods of quantitative sEMG analysis during ictal events;, 2. Review specific sEMG patterns ...
(Date:12/6/2019)... (PRWEB) , ... December 06, 2019 , ... Dr. Scott ... program, recently published research on the health benefits of coconut oil in the ... Intake and Its Effects on the Cardiometabolic Profile: A Structured Literature Review,” led by ...
(Date:12/5/2019)... (PRWEB) , ... December 05, 2019 , ... Abide, the ... over 25 million times this year using Bible-based bedtime stories. Listeners have recovered from ... , According to the Center for Disease Control, one third of Americans suffer from ...
(Date:12/5/2019)... ... December 05, 2019 , ... Intelligent.com, ... the Top 54 RHIT Degree Programs for 2020. The comprehensive research guide is ... Each program is evaluated based on curriculum quality, graduation rate, reputation, and post-graduate ...
(Date:12/5/2019)... ... 2019 , ... Today at M Health Fairview University of Minnesota ... who will to help them take medicine, relax during anxious moments, encourage them ... presented by NutriSource® is a golden retriever and the first and only full-time ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:12/4/2019)... ... December 04, 2019 , ... ... has announced the Top 17 Master's in Organizational Psychology Degree Programs for 2020. ... and universities in the nation. Each program is evaluated based on curriculum quality, ...
(Date:12/2/2019)... Kan. (PRWEB) , ... December 02, 2019 , ... ... XX, a nutritional supplement produced by Native Remedies aimed at supporting Women’s Fertility ... Unfortunately, Mother Nature makes conception harder for some women than for others. Factors ...
(Date:11/30/2019)... ... , ... Transpara™ 1.6, the leading Artificial Intelligence decision support ... potential breast cancer in 2D and 3D DBT mammograms, will be unveiled ... (ScreenPoint Medical, South Hall #4380). , The software uniquely ranks mammograms on a ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
Cached News: