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Telephone follow-up to cancer treatment preferred by patients

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Nurse-led telephone follow-up after cancer treatment is preferred by patients to traditional outpatient services, a UK study suggests.

Nurse researchers from Manchester University identified 374 women treated for breast cancer who were at low to moderate risk of recurrence.

Subjects were randomised to traditional hospital follow-up or regular telephone follow-up – a 20-minute consultation by a trained specialist nurse. Both groups received mammograms.

The telephone group reported higher levels of satisfaction than those attending clinics. The number of clinical investigations ordered did not differ between groups and there were no differences for time taken to detect recurrent disease, the authors said online in the BMJ.

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