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Purpose: Women who are surgically treated for vulvar cancer often havecomplications leading to substantial patient morbidity. Post-surgicalcomplications could be minimized by the identification of pre-surgical risksfor complications and by planned post-surgical interventions. Therefore, theaim of this study was to develop a clinical care algorithm for vulvar cancer toassess risk for complications and prevent and control post-surgicalcomplications. Methods: Key elements of the algorithm were identified via aliterature review, structured chart review, a survey of care team members andinterviews with stakeholders including healthcare team, patients and theirfamily. Results: An algorithm for the management of wound and psychosocialcomplications was developed, based on internal and external evidence and wasvetted by expert reviewers. Conclusion: Describing the process and defining theroles of health care professionals contributes to purposeful, systematicprevention and treatment of post-surgical complications. The care algorithm providesstructured reference points for healthcare professionals with regard tomultidisciplinary post-surgical management of vulvar cancer patients.

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Vulvar Cancer, Post-Surgical Complications, Care Algorithm, Health Care Professionals

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Senn, B. , Kobleder, A. , Raphaelis, S. , Mueller, M. , Kammermann, B. , White, K. and Eicher, M. 2015 Prevention and Reduction of Complications in Women with Vulvar Cancer: Development of an Algorithm for Safer Multidisciplinary Care. Journal of Cancer Therapy, 6, 821-832. doi: 10.4236-jct.2015.610090.





Author: Beate Senn1,2, Andrea Kobleder1, Silvia Raphaelis3, Michael D. Mueller4, Beatrice Kammermann4, Kathryn White2, Manuela Eicher5

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