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A software tool to support follow-up care in a French childhood cancer cohort: construction and feasibility

Pascal Veillon
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Sophie Chauvet
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Liana Carausu
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Fanny Delehaye
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Julien Lejeune
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Jérémie Rouger-Gaudichon
Pascale Schneider
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Caroline Thomas
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Frédéric Millot
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Julie Leseur
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Nathalie Bihannic
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Isabelle Debroise
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Carole Jeanneaud
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Esther Lebreton
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Marianne Roumy
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Les Aguerris
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BACKGROUND: Treatment summaries and a personalized survivorship care plans based on internationally approved, organ-specific follow-up care recommendations are essential in preserving the health and quality of life for cancer survivors. Cohorts made up of survivors of childhood cancer have made significant contributions to the understanding of early mortality, somatic late complications, and psychosocial outcomes among former patients. New treatment protocols are needed to enhance survival and reduce the potential risk and severity of late effects, and working with treatment databases is crucial in doing so. CONSTRUCTION AND CONTENT: In the GOCE (Grand Ouest Cancer de l’Enfant [Western Region Childhood Cancer]) network, in a participative approach, we developed the LOG-after medical tool, on which health data are registered and can be extracted for analysis. Its name emphasizes the tool’s goal, referring to ’logiciel’ (the French word for software) that focuses on the period "after" the acute phase. This tool is hosted on a certified health data server. Several interfaces have been developed that can be used depending on the user’s profile. Here we present this innovative co-constructed tool that takes national aspects into account, including the results of the feasibility/satisfaction study and its perspective. UTILITY AND DISCUSSION: The database contains data relating to 2558 patients, with samples from 1702 of these (66.54%) being held in a tumor bank. The average year in which treatment started was 2015 (ranging from December 1967 to November 2022: 118 patients were treated before 2012 and registered retrospectively when seen in long-term follow-up consultations or for another cancer since November 2021). A short questionnaire was distributed to healthcare professionals using the tool (physicians and research associates or technicians, n = 14), of whom 11 answered and were all satisfied. Access to the patient interface is currently open to 124 former patients. This was initially offered to 30 former patients who were over 15 years old, affected by the disease within the last 5 years, and had agreed to test it. Their opinions were collected by their doctor by e-mail, telephone, or during a consultation in an open-ended question and a non-directive interview. All patients were satisfied with the tool, with interest in testing it in the long term. Some former patients found that the tool provided them with some ease of mind; one, for instance, commented: "I feel lighter. I allow myself to forget. I know I will get a notification when the time comes." CONCLUSIONS: Freely available to all users, LOG-after: (1) provides help with determining personalized survivorship care plans for follow-up; (2) builds links with general practitioners; (3) empowers the patient; and (4) enables health data to be exported for analysis. Database URL for presentation: https://youtu.be/2Ga64iausJE.
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hal-04484217 , version 1 (29-02-2024)




Charlotte Demoor-Goldschmidt, Pascal Veillon, Maxime Esvan, Mathilde Leonard, Sophie Chauvet, et al.. A software tool to support follow-up care in a French childhood cancer cohort: construction and feasibility. BMC Cancer, 2024, Bmc Cancer, 24 (1), pp.130. ⟨10.1186/s12885-024-11857-y⟩. ⟨hal-04484217⟩
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