Appropriateness of the use of clinical and radiologic examinations and laboraotry tests in the follow-up of surgically-treated breast cancer patients. Results of the Working Group on the Clinical Aspects of Follow-up

F. Boccardo, P. Bruzzi, L. Cionini, C. Confalonieri, R. Fossati, M. Gion, G. M. Giuseppetti, A. Paradiso, E. Parma, A. Racanelli, M. Rosselli Del Turco, R. Saccozzi, G. Sinistrero, P. Zola, G. Filardo, R. Grilli

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Abstract

Background: The aim of this working group was to assess the appropriateness of use of radiologic examinations, laboratory tests and periodic check-ups for surgically-treated, disease-free breast cancer patients. Materials and methods: A total of 252 clinical scenarios (36 for each of the 8 exams considered: clinical examination, mammography, chest roentgenography, hematochemical tests, markers, bone scan, liver echography/abdominal CT scan), each representing a specific surgically treated and disease-free breast cancer patient, were rated by the members of the panel. A 3 point scale was utilized as to whether the test in question was judged inappropriate (1), questionable (2), or appropriate (3) (in the latter case the panel member was also asked for the advised frequency of the exam expressed in months). Results: After two assessment sessions, consensus among members of the panel was reached on 216 of the 252 scenarios; disagreement remained on only 36 clinical scenarios. Conclusions: The panel agreed that only clinical examinations and mammographies should be recommended for routine clinical follow-up of surgically-treated breast cancer patients. Given the current available therapeutic options, these would assure adequate medical care and psychological aid.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)57-59
Number of pages3
JournalAnnals of Oncology
Volume6
Issue numberSUPPL. 2
Publication statusPublished - 1995

Keywords

  • appropriateness
  • breast cancer
  • follow-up

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cancer Research
  • Oncology

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