"What if…": decisional regret in patients who discontinued active surveillance.

Published on Sep 22, 2016in Tumori1.707
· DOI :10.5301/TJ.5000564
Claudia Repetto17
Estimated H-index: 17
(CUA: The Catholic University of America),
Tiziana Rancati27
Estimated H-index: 27
+ 11 AuthorsLara Bellardita10
Estimated H-index: 10
PurposeTo investigate the presence of regret in patients about having followed an active surveillance (AS) protocol. The secondary aim was to identify variables that influence regret.MethodsFrom February 2006 to May 2014, 204 patients discontinued the AS protocols and were invited to enter the study. Sociodemographic variables were collected at AS enrollment, together with health-related quality of life (Functional Assessment of Cancer Therapy-Prostate version [FACT-P]) and coping (Mini-Mental Adjustment to Cancer). Patients were asked to complete a Treatment Regret Scale as well as the FACT-P questionnaire. Clinical data were gathered, as well as time of stay within the AS protocol, reason for discontinuing AS, kind of post-AS treatment, and time elapsed since AS discontinuation. Questionnaires were completed by 105 patients (51.5% of those who had been invited to enter the study).ResultsMost of the patients had a low or null degree of regret on the Treatment Regret Scale from 0 to 100 (82/105 patients [...
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