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Eur J Oncol Nurs. 2007 Jul;11(3):247-54. Epub 2006 Dec 26.

A nurse-/pharmacy-led capecitabine clinic for colorectal cancer: results of a prospective audit and retrospective survey of patient experiences.

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Beatson Oncology Center, Dumbarton Road, Glasgow, G11 6NT, UK.


Oral chemotherapy agents provide patients with choice and home-based therapy but demand greater emphasis on patient support and education to minimise toxicities. To meet this demand, a nurse-/pharmacy-led clinic was established at the Beatson Oncology Centre in 2003 for the provision of oral capecitabine to metastatic colorectal cancer patients to provide a controlled and supportive environment. We conducted a prospective audit of 52 patients attending the clinic from March 2003 to June 2004 and a retrospective survey of patient experiences to assess clinic effectiveness. Of 52 patients, 79% completed at least 3 cycles of treatment (mean 3.5). Capecitabine was well tolerated. The dose was reduced on at least one occasion in 15 (29%) patients and 17 (30%) patients experienced at least one delay. Patient satisfaction, indicated by questionnaire responses (n=27), was high. Most patients (> or =85%) thought that the service provision was useful and well organised. The results indicate that a nurse-/pharmacy-led clinic for the provision of home-based oral capecitabine is safe, effective and acceptable to most patients. The success of this clinic can provide a model for use in other centres and in other types of cancer, such as breast cancer, where oral chemotherapy is a treatment option.

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