Telephone Follow-up after treatment for endometrial cancer (The TEACUP study)
Endometrial cancer is the most common gynaecological cancer in Australia. Improved long-term survival has led to an increase in the number of patients requiring follow-up care, however, there is little clinical consensus about what is the best follow-up protocol for women.
Follow-up aims to assist women with any health issues they may experience after the treatment of their cancer, and also intends to find recurrences early and treat patients, with the aim that survival will be better.
The current follow-up program requires patients to attend the hospital for a clinic visit (clinical follow-up) and while many women appreciate these regular visits, it is time consuming and burdensome for some women. There are also different opinions on whether other models of follow-up care may allow to better address patients’ clinical and supportive care needs.
There is therefore the need to develop and test newer models of follow-up care. This study proposes to investigate the safety and, accuracy of a telephone follow-up for women after primary treatment for endometrial cancer. To do this, women will continue to be followed per the current routine program but will additionally be called on the telephone 2 to 5 days before their clinic visit by the researcher.