Backround: The primary aim of this study was to investigate information needs and treatment preferences of patients with ovarian cancer, focusing especially on physician-patient relationship and treatment.
Patients and methods: A questionnaire was developed based on the experiences of the national German survey 'Expression II', and was provided to patients with ovarian cancer either at initial diagnosis or with recurrent disease via Internet (online-version) or as print-out-version.
Results: From December 2009 to October 2012, a total of 1830 patients with ovarian cancer from eight European countries (Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Romania, Spain) participated, 902 (49.3%) after initial diagnosis and 731 (39.9%) with recurrent ovarian cancer. The median age was 58 years (range 17-89). Nearly all patients (96.2%) had experienced upfront surgery followed by first-line chemotherapy (91.8%). The majority of patients were satisfied with the completeness and comprehensibility of the explanation about the diagnosis and treatment options. The three most important aspects, identified by patients to improve the treatment for ovarian cancer included: 'the therapy should not induce alopecia' (42%), 'there must be more done to counter fatigue' (34.5%) and 'the therapy should be more effective' (29.7%). Out of 659 (36%) patients, who were offered participation in a clinical trial, 476 (26%) were included.
Conclusion: This study underlines the high need of patients with ovarian cancer for all details concerning treatment options irrespective of their cultural background, the stage of disease and the patient's age. Increased information requirements regarding potential side effects and treatment alternatives were recorded. Besides the need for more effective therapy, alopecia and fatigue are the most important side effects of concern to patients.
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||Annals of oncology : official journal of the European Society for Medical Oncology|
|Publication status||Published - Apr 1 2018|