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Surg Res Pract. 2014;2014:368060. doi: 10.1155/2014/368060. Epub 2014 May 20.

Six-year experience of a nurse-led colorectal cancer follow-up clinic.

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Department of Colorectal Surgery, GEMS Directorate, Saint James' Hospital, Dublin 8, Ireland.

Abstract

AIMS AND OBJECTIVES:

To review the experience of a nurse-led colorectal cancer follow-up clinic in a tertiary referral colorectal cancer centre.

METHODOLOGY:

Data from the nurse-led colorectal cancer follow-up clinic in our unit was prospectively maintained in a colorectal cancer database. Data was analysed from January 1, 2006 until the December 31, 2011.

RESULTS:

1125 patients were diagnosed with colorectal cancer, and referred to our unit as a tertiary centre for specialised colorectal cancer. Nine hundred and four patients had surgical resection of their colorectal cancer. Four hundred and seven patients were referred to the nurse-led colorectal cancer clinic for surveillance. The mean age of the patient cohort was 67 years (range 32-88) and 56% of patients were male. One hundred and seventeen patients were discharged to their general practitioner having been disease free after 5 years of followup. Fifty-four patients were diagnosed with either local or distant recurrence.

CONCLUSION:

A nurse-led colorectal cancer follow-up clinic is running according to strict follow-up protocols. This type of clinic significantly reduces the number of routine follow-up patients that have to be seen by the colorectal surgical consultant.

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