Review: Introduction to Cancer Patient Follow-up

Here is what we have learned from Introduction to Cancer Patient Follow-up:

  • Follow-up information provides the documentation of residual disease or its spread, recurrences, or additional malignancies. Follow-up is important to determine outcome of treatment.
  • The issues of confidentiality must be emphasized when obtaining patient data, especially follow-up information.
  • The Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons requires approved cancer programs to meet or exceed the target rate of 90 percent successful follow-up and the follow-up rate is calculated on all eligible patients, both living and dead.
  • Cancer registry brochures explain the purpose of follow-up and registry functions, address confidentiality issues, and explain the importance of the information provided by the patient.


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