Demand for weekend outpatient chemotherapy among patients with cancer in Japan

Hideki Katayama, Masahiro Tabata, Toshio Kubo, Katsuyuki Kiura, Junji Matsuoka, Yoshinobu Maeda

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Background: Advanced cancer therapeutics have improved patient survival, leading to an increase in the number of patients who require long-term outpatient chemotherapy. However, the available schedule options for chemotherapy are generally limited to traditional business hours. Method: In 2017, we surveyed 721 patients with cancer in Okayama, Japan, regarding their preferences for evening and weekend (Friday evening, Saturday, and Sunday) chemotherapy appointments. Results: A preference for evening and weekend appointment options was indicated by 37% of the respondents. Patients who requested weekend chemotherapy were younger, female, with no spouse or partner, living alone, employed, and currently receiving treatment. Among these factors, age and employment status were significantly associated with a preference for weekend chemotherapy, according to multivariate analysis. Conclusion: Our findings reveal a demand for evening and weekend outpatient chemotherapy, especially among young, employed patients.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1287-1291
Number of pages5
JournalSupportive Care in Cancer
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2021


  • Cancer patient
  • Outpatient
  • Social burden
  • Weekend chemotherapy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology


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