Developing a supportive model of care for patients being considered for resection of colorectal liver metastases

Organisation : NHS Lothian
Grant Amount : £ 30,000

The management of metastatic colorectal cancer is evolving rapidly with new issues of survivorship beginning to emerge. Five year survival rates for selected patients undergoing liver resection are being reported 37-58% (Abdalla 2006, Van Cutsem et al 2010). Although observationally, the pathway to liver resection is incredibly demanding for patients, there is little in the literature to suggest how the needs of these patients can best be met. This project intends to identify the experiences of patients being considered for hepatic resection. In doing so, it will utilise the findings to develop a supportive model of care for this expanding patient population.