New research presented at the 2016 Cancer Survivorship Symposium has found that personalized intervention for breast cancer survivors may lead to better treatment adherence and, in turn, better outcomes.
The randomized, controlled trial included 212 low-income women with breast cancer. The intervention group completed an assessment asking questions about physical symptoms, needs and concerns. They received a tailored survivorship plan based on their responses, as well as information on further resources (e.g. support groups) and an hour-long counseling session that included coaching on how to ask physicians to implement care recommendations.
Those who received the survivorship care intervention reported about 9.5% greater adherence to recommendations than the patients in the usual care group after 12 months (60.6% versus 51.1%, respectively).
Access the abstract here.