Follow-up care for childhood cancer survivors: A focus group analysis

Emily A. Earle, Helena Davies, Diana Greenfield, Richard Ross, Christine Eiser

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Follow-up of survivors of childhood cancer is recommended to improve detection of late-effects, and provide individuals with information and advice. This study aimed to follow-up survivors of childhood cancer and report on their attitudes to current follow-up methods. Twenty-six survivors (13-25 years) of childhood cancer and their parent(s) attended focus groups (n = 7) to discuss views about follow-up care. Transcripts were analysed using interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA). Three themes were identified: strategies to achieve a normal life (through playing down possibility of late-effects or careful monitoring of health); expectations about follow-up (facts and information, advice about self-care, everyday living, and psychosocial consequences) and preferences for different models of care. Given that some families had reservations about the benefits of follow-up, it is important that services address survivors' interests and meet their expectations. Changes to service delivery must take account of individual needs and expectations. Possible limitations of focus group methods (recruitment, bias reduction, methods of analysis and influence of other participants' views) are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2882-2886
Number of pages5
JournalEuropean Journal of Cancer
Issue number18
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2005
Externally publishedYes


  • Childhood cancer
  • Focus groups
  • Interpretative phenomenological analysis
  • Models of care
  • Survivors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cancer Research
  • Hematology
  • Oncology


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