May 31, 2019

Regional practice norms for the care of childhood cancer survivors at risk for cardiomyopathy: A Delphi study

Pediatric Blood & Cancer
Lisa B KenneyAnju Nohria

Abstract

Treatment-associated cardiomyopathy is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality for childhood cancer survivors (CCS). As evidence is not available to guide the management of CCS at risk for cardiomyopathy, we aim to describe the collective opinion of regional experts for the care of these patients using a consensus-based Delphi methodology. Nineteen physicians from the New England region who care for CCS treated with cardiotoxic therapy (anthracyclines, thoracic radiation) participated in a Delphi panel querying their management approach, using three rounds of anonymous questionnaires formatted as five clinical scenarios. Consensus ≥ 89% agreement. The response rate was 100% for the first round and 95% for subsequent rounds. Panelists reached consensus on screening asymptomatic CCS with serial echocardiograms (94%) and electrocardiograms (89%), with some disagreement on frequency during pregnancy (83%). All panelists agreed with exercise promotion, with no restrictions on weight training. Consensus was reached on indications for referrals; cardiology for asymptomatic left ventricular dysfunction (ALVD) (100%) and maternal-fetal medicine for pregnancy (94%). In the scenario of ALVD, there was disagreement on the benefit of add...Continue Reading

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Primary Health Care
Study
Physicians
Medication Management
Cardiology Discipline
Pediatric Cardiologist
Patient Care
Delphi Studies
Echocardiography
Therapeutic Radiology Procedure

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