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New insights into early recovery after robotic surgery for endometrial cancer

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OBJECTIVE: To assess early recovery of physical health after robotic minimally invasive surgery (RMIS) for early-stage endometrial cancer using the European Organisation of Research and Treatment of Cancer Computer Adaptive Test Core questionnaire (EORTC CAT Core). The EORTC CAT Core provides individualised measurements while maintaining comparability. A hypothesis of individual complete recovery to baseline within three post-surgical weeks was evaluated.

METHODS: Ninety-four women who underwent RMIS for early-stage endometrial cancer were included consecutively. The EORTC CAT Core was distributed before surgery and prospectively every week during the first post-operative month. Repeated measures models were fitted for each of the four domains (physical functioning, role function, fatigue, and pain) and tested for impact of age, ASA score, minor/major surgery, and the individual baseline scores (poorest, intermediate, best).

RESULTS: Women with the lowest physical functioning, lowest role function, highest fatigue level, and highest pain level at baseline all recovered within three weeks. Women with the highest physical functioning, highest role function, lowest level of fatigue, and lowest level of pain at baseline did not reach their individual baselines within the first post-operative month but had the most favourable domain-scores three weeks post-operatively.

CONCLUSION: The individual woman's physical health baseline score is predictive for her postoperative recovery following RMIS for early-stage endometrial cancer. Women with the best physical health had the best postoperative functions and lowest level of symptoms; however their recovery to baseline was prolonged. Computer adaptive testing may be a valuable tool for individualised pre-operative information and supportive care during surveillance.

Original languageEnglish
JournalGynecologic Oncology
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)271-276
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2019

    Research areas

  • EORTC CAT Core, Endometrial Cancer, Gynecologic surgical procedures, Health status, Health-related quality of life, Minimal access surgical procedures, Minimally invasive surgery, Robotic surgical procedures, Robotics, Uterine neoplasms, Hysterectomy/adverse effects, Humans, Middle Aged, Postoperative Period, Treatment Outcome, Salpingo-oophorectomy/adverse effects, Endometrial Neoplasms/surgery, Time Factors, Postoperative Care/methods, Quality of Life, Female, Aged, Robotic Surgical Procedures/adverse effects

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