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A systematic literature review of trials of survivorship interventions for women with gynaecological cancer and their caregivers

Vanessa L Beesley, Chalachew Alemayehu, Penelope M Webb
European Journal of Cancer Care 2019 April 24, : e13057
Core components of survivorship care include treatment of late and long-term effects, care coordination, promotion of psychological well-being, health and addressing special populations' needs. Women affected by gynaecological cancer and their caregivers can experience disease-specific issues. This review presents an overview of survivorship interventions that have been trialled among this population. Databases were searched in October/November 2016 to identify eligible studies. Titles, abstracts then full-text were assessed for inclusion by two reviewers until consensus was reached. Data were abstracted using standard tables. Study quality was independently appraised. Twenty-eight articles were included (five reviews; 23 trials). In regards to late and long-term treatment effects, our review found mounting high-level evidence for the effectiveness of psycho-educational programmes to improve physical aspects of sexual function and for exercise interventions for reducing fatigue. We also found emerging evidence for nurse-led follow-up care to improve care coordination and cognitive behavioural therapy to improve psychological wellbeing. There were gaps in the evidence for interventions to effectively address psychosexual issues specific to gynaecological cancer and needs of caregivers. Further research is required to explore strategies to improving psychosexual concerns after gynaecological cancer and the dynamics and supportive care needs of the patient-partner dyad.


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