Awareness of Cancer Screening During Treatment of Patients with Renal Failure: A Physician Survey in Turkey

  • Uysal-Sonmez, Ozlem (Department of Medical Oncology, Sakarya University Education and Research Hospital) ;
  • Tanriverdi, Ozgur (Department of Medical Oncology, Mugla Sitki Kocman University Education and Research Hospital) ;
  • Uyeturk, Ummugul (Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Medical Oncology, Abant Izzet Baysal University Faculty of Medicine) ;
  • Budakoglu, Isil Irem (Department of Medicine Education Gazi University Faculty of Medicine) ;
  • Kazancioglu, Rumeyza (Department of Nephrology Bezm-i Alem University Faculty of Medicine) ;
  • Turker, Ibrahim (Dr. Abdurrahman Yurtarslan Oncology Education and Research Hospital, Clinic of Medical Oncology) ;
  • Budakoglu, Burcin (Dr. Abdurrahman Yurtarslan Oncology Education and Research Hospital, Clinic of Medical Oncology) ;
  • Yalcintas-Arslan, Ulku (Dr. Abdurrahman Yurtarslan Oncology Education and Research Hospital, Clinic of Medical Oncology) ;
  • Oksuzoglu, Berna (Dr. Abdurrahman Yurtarslan Oncology Education and Research Hospital, Clinic of Medical Oncology)
  • Published : 2014.03.01


Background: Today, survival rate of patients with chronic renal failure/hemodialysis has increased so that chronic illnesses are more likely to occur. Cancer is the main cause of morbidity and mortality in such patients. Aim: In this study, physician attitudes were examined about cancer screening in patients with renal failure. Materials and Methods: This study was done by face to face questionnaire in the $27^{th}$ National Nephrology Congress to determine if the physicians dealing with chronic renal failure, hemodialysis or renal transplanted patients, recommend cancer screening or not and the methods of screening for cervix, prostate, breast and colon cancer. Results: One hundred and fifty six physicians were included in the survey. A total of 105 (67%) participants were male and the age of responders was $48{\pm}9$ years. About 29% were specialists in nephrology, 28% internal medicine, and 5% were other areas of expertise. Some 48% of participants were hemodialysis certified general practitioners. Patients were grouped as compensated chronic renal failure, hemodialysis or renal transplanted. Of the 156 responders, 128 (82%) physicians recommended breast cancer screening and the most recommended subgroup was hemodialysis patients (15%). The most preferred methods of screening were combinations of mammography, self breast examination and physicianbreast examination. 112 (72%) physicians recommended cervix cancer screening, and the most preferred method of screening was pap-smear. Colon cancer screening was recommended by 102 (65%) physicians and prostate screening by 109 (70%) physicians. The most preferred methods of screening were fecal occult blood test and PSA plus rectal digital test, respectively. Conclusions: It is not obvious whether cancer screening in renal failure patients is different from the rest of society. There is a variety of screening methods. An answer can be found to these questions as a result of studies by a common follow-up protocol and cooperation of nephrologists and oncologists.


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