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Volume 2017 (2017), Article ID 1837475, 9 pages
Research Article

Variations of Surveillance Practice for Patients with Bone Sarcoma: A Survey of Australian Sarcoma Clinicians

1Victorian Adolescent & Young Adult Cancer Service, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Melbourne, VIC, Australia
2Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, Toronto, ON, Canada
3Australasian Sarcoma Study Group, Melbourne, VIC, Australia
4Australian and New Zealand Children’s Hematology/Oncology Group, Melbourne, VIC, Australia
5Centre for Biostatistics and Clinical Trials, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Melbourne, VIC, Australia
6Children’s Cancer Centre, Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne, VIC, Australia
7Department of Paediatrics, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, VIC, Australia

Correspondence should be addressed to Jeremy Lewin; ac.nhu@niwel.ymerej

Received 5 January 2017; Accepted 2 February 2017; Published 28 February 2017

Academic Editor: R. Lor Randall

Copyright © 2017 Jeremy Lewin et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Introduction. After treatment, bone sarcoma patients carry a high chance of relapse and late effects from multimodal therapy. We hypothesize that significant variation in surveillance practice exists between pediatric medical oncology (PO) and nonpediatric medical oncology (NP) sarcoma disciplines. Methods. Australian sarcoma clinicians were approached to do a web based survey that assessed radiologic surveillance (RS) strategies, late toxicity assessment, and posttreatment psychosocial interventions. Results. In total, 51 clinicians responded. No differences were identified in local disease RS. In metastatic disease response assessment, 100% of POs (23/23) and 93% of NPs (24/26) conducted CT chest. However, this was more likely to occur for NPs in the context of a CT chest/abdomen/pelvis (NP: 10/26; PO: 1/23; ). POs were more likely to use CXR for RS (). POs showed more prescriptive intensity in assessment of heart function (), hearing (), and fertility (). POs were more likely to deliver written information for health maintenance/treatment summary (). The majority of respondents described enquiring about psychosocial aspects of health (/37, 89%), but a routine formal psychosocial screen was only used by 23% (/26). Conclusion. There is high variability in bone sarcoma surveillance between PO and NP clinicians. Efforts to harmonize approaches would allow early and late effects recognition/intervention and facilitate improved patient care/transition and research.