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Surgery Research and Practice
Volume 2014 (2014), Article ID 368060, 5 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2014/368060
Clinical Study

Six-Year Experience of a Nurse-Led Colorectal Cancer Follow-Up Clinic

Department of Colorectal Surgery, GEMS Directorate, Saint James’ Hospital, Dublin 8, Ireland

Received 27 November 2013; Accepted 9 May 2014; Published 20 May 2014

Academic Editor: Luigi Boni

Copyright © 2014 Hasan Al Chalabi 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.

Abstract

Aims and Objectives. To review the experience of a nurse-led colorectal cancer follow-up clinic in a tertiary referral colorectal cancer centre. Methodology. Data from the nurse-led colorectal cancer follow-up clinic in our unit was prospectively maintained in a colorectal cancer database. Data was analysed from January 1, 2006 until the December 31, 2011. Results. 1125 patients were diagnosed with colorectal cancer, and referred to our unit as a tertiary centre for specialised colorectal cancer. Nine hundred and four patients had surgical resection of their colorectal cancer. Four hundred and seven patients were referred to the nurse-led colorectal cancer clinic for surveillance. The mean age of the patient cohort was 67 years (range 32–88) and 56% of patients were male. One hundred and seventeen patients were discharged to their general practitioner having been disease free after 5 years of followup. Fifty-four patients were diagnosed with either local or distant recurrence. Conclusion. A nurse-led colorectal cancer follow-up clinic is running according to strict follow-up protocols. This type of clinic significantly reduces the number of routine follow-up patients that have to be seen by the colorectal surgical consultant.