Journal article

Compliance with follow-up for patients with stage 1 testicular germ cell tumour

King Tung Cheung, Anthony Dat, Peter Wong, Caroline Dowling, Ian D Davis, Shomik Sengupta

ANZ JOURNAL OF SURGERY | WILEY | Published : 2021

Abstract

BACKGROUND: This study aimed to evaluate the compliance and loss-to-follow-up (LTFU) rate in patients with stage 1 testicular germ cell tumours (GCTs) on active surveillance protocol at a metropolitan health service in Melbourne, Australia. METHODS: Patients with stage 1 testicular GCTs diagnosed between 30 June 2012 and 30 June 2018 were identified. Compliance of surveillance programme was classified into three groups: 'adequate', 'missed appointment(s)' or 'LTFU'. The LTFU rate was assessed using Kaplan-Meier methodology. Log-rank test was used for univariate analyses. RESULTS: Forty-eight patients had stage 1 testicular GCTs during the 6-year period. Twenty-two (46%) of them were managed ..

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