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Abstract

Cancer follow-up visits

All patients who have been treated for gynaecological cancer should undergo long-term cancer follow-up visits. Follow-up cancer care visits presents an important tool of quality control and should focus on clinical assessment and supportive strategies. Routine follow-up visits include a detailed medical history, clinical and vaginal examination and ultrasound. Only in case of suspected relapse additional radiological measurements are indicated. Generally, routine follow-up visits will be performed every three months within the three years after primary diagnosis followed by every six months visits till the fifth year. Nevertheless, no randomized trial exists showing any benefit of overall survival for routine followup cancer care. The review is discussing the different objectives and strategies of follow-up cancer care based on the current literature and national and international guidelines.

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Keywords
Follow-up cancer care, tumor relapse, gynaecological tumor, metastases, tumor marker

Gülten Oskay-Özcelik1, Jalid Sehouli2
1 Praxisklinik Krebsheilkunde für Frauen/Brustzentrum, Berlin
2Europäisches Kompetenzzentrum für Eierstockkrebs, Klinik
für Gynäkologie, Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Berlin
Reviewer: Andreas Nugent, Hamburg,
und Hans-Joachim Hindenburg, Berlin

Oskay-Özcelik G. Nachsorge … Gynakol Geburtsmed Gynakol Endokrinol 2015; 11(3): 272–283 publiziert 30.11.2015 www.akademos.de/gyn ©akademos Wissenschaftsverlag 2015 ISSN 1614-8533