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Poster lunch

1863 - Specialized counseling of nurses and/or radiation technicians is underused resource in cancer management (528P)

Date

18 Nov 2017

Session

Poster lunch

Presenters

Kaire Jugar

Citation

Annals of Oncology (2017) 28 (suppl_10): x155-x165. 10.1093/annonc/mdx676

Authors

K. Jugar, H. Roosmäe, L. Aruväli, A. Oks, O. Trelin, K. Tähepõld, J. Jaal

Author affiliations

  • Hematology And Oncology, Tartu University Clinics, 51014 - Tartu/EE
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Abstract 1863

Background

Cancer incidence is increasing worldwide. As a result, the need for cancer therapy as well as disease- and treatment-specific consultations of patients has grown. In spite of these well recognized changes, a number of countries face shortages in human resources involved in cancer care. The aim of this study was to better understand patients’ needs to further optimize cancer management.

Methods

An anonymous questionnaire was used to evaluate cancer patients’ knowledge about their disease, therapy and treatment-induced side effects. Moreover, patients’ suggestions for further development of patient counseling were collected.

Results

The study was undertaken in the department of radiotherapy and oncological therapy of tertiary university hospital. Out of 71 cancer patients (mean age 62 years, 43 females, 28 males) who completed the survey, 35 (49%) had received in average 4 courses of chemotherapy and 36 (51%) full course of radiotherapy (mean dose 61 Gy). Although these patients already had long enough experience with these anti-cancer therapies, nearly half, 44% of patients still admitted that additional information about their cancer type was necessary. Furthermore, 39% of patients wanted to know more about the used cancer treatment modality and 45% of patients about treatment-induced side effects, showing that methods used for counseling were far away from the real needs and expectations of our patients. The survey revealed that besides doctors counseling, patients would also feel confident with consultations/guidance given by nurses or radiation technicians. In fact, a big proportion of patients (70%) would agree to be guided by specialized nurse or radiation technician. Out of the most proper forms of this proposed guidance, patients mentioned most frequently face to face consultations (55%), face to face consultations with supplementary information in written form (38%) as well as consultations by phone (23%).

Conclusions

This study showed that specialized counseling of nurses and/or radiation technicians is underused resource in cancer management. This information will be used to start with specialized consultations to optimize cancer management in our department.

Clinical trial identification

Legal entity responsible for the study

Kaire Jugar

Funding

None

Disclosure

All authors have declared no conflicts of interest.

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