A trial of optimal personalised care after treatment for gynaecological cancer (TOPCAT-G)

Principal / Lead Investigator
Simon Leeson

Nick Stuart, Rhiannon Whitaker, Richard Neal, Val Morrison, Rhiannon Tudor Edwards, Clare Wilkinson, Richard Peevor (North Wales Centre for Primary Care Research)

Start & End date
01/04/2014 – 31/03/2016

Type of study
Randomised feasibility study

Lay summary
Following treatment for cancer most patients have a fixed schedule of hospital reviews over several years. Many of these visits may be unnecessary or unhelpful. We will develop a new approach in which patients initially have a disease/stage specific educational package. This will cover their risk of relapse and warning symptoms. It will also cover potential long-term effects of treatment. Patients will then have regular, telephone contact from their specialist nurse. During each contact a structured needs-assessment will be undertaken to identify medical, psychological or social problems. Any problems identified will be managed by education and self care or by referral to primary or secondary care as appropriate. Patients will be encouraged to promptly report any problems which will be assessed with a similar structured approach.

The approach will be tested with patients within Bangor, and two focus groups will be run, one with participants and one with professionals involved in the delivery to help refine the process and materials.

Group role / contribution
School Led

Study sponsor
Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board

Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board

Total grant value