How is the study carried-out?
Follow-up of your cyst will be performed by your own treating physician, at your own hospital. Generally, cysts will be checked every 6 to 12 months by Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scan or Endoscopic Ultrasound (EUS), and by evaluating blood samples. Participation in the study will not influence your cyst surveillance or require any additional hospital visits.
Regular cyst follow-up (once or twice a year) consists of two hospital visits. The first visit is used to perform imaging studies and take a blood sample (1 vial of 6 ml). If you decide to participate in the PACYFIC study, two extra 6 ml vials will be drawn. The second visit consists of an appointment with your treating physician, to discuss your condition and the test results.
Additionally, you will be asked to fill out an online questionnaire. The questions will concern your experience with the surveillance and the impact it has on your daily life. A link to the questionnaire will be sent to you by e-mail after diagnosis and after each cyst check-up. This part of the study is not mandatory. In case you do not wish to receive questionnaires, you can still participate in the study.
What is expected of you?
There are no special lifestyle rules or limitations if you decide to participate in this study.
How is participation different from regular cyst surveillance?
Participation in the study will not influence your cyst surveillance. It will only change the blood sampling procedure; instead of a single vial, three vials need to be drawn. In addition, you will be asked to fill out an online questionnaire at home, after diagnosis and each cyst check-up.
What are the other available surveillance options?
Your own treating physician will decide on the surveillance strategy. Participation in the PACYFIC study does not affect this process. We will only record the outcome of this strategy.