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MINI 28 - Psychological Impact of Lung Cancer and its Treatment (ID 150)
- Event: WCLC 2015
- Type: Mini Oral
- Track: Palliative and Supportive Care
- Presentations: 1
MINI28.02 - Utilization of Survivorship Care Plans and Analysis of Patient Reported Outcomes in Multinational Lung Cancer Patients (ID 2269)
16:45 - 18:15 | Author(s): A.T. Berman
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in the United States and is also a significant source of morbidity. Patient-reported outcomes (PROs) are prognostic for survival. Herein we report our analysis of emerging patterns of longitudinal PROs collected in the development of survivorship care plans (SCPs) using an anonymous web-based program.
OncoLife and the LIVESTRONG Care Plan are web-based programs that generate unique SCPs and are accessed via OncoLink (www.oncolink.org), the world’s first cancer website. We selected all consecutive patients identifying as primary lung cancer survivors creating SCPs. Patient-reported demographics, treatment and toxicity were examined. For toxicity data, questions with > 10 “yes” responses were included, and were categorized into: cardiovascular; genitourinary; neurocognitive; endocrine; speaking, breathing, swallowing (SBS); thoracic; and musculoskeletal/dermatologic symptoms. Research was conducted under an IRB-approved protocol.
Overall, 689 plans were created for users self-identifying as primary lung cancer survivors. Average time from diagnosis to reporting was 1.68 years (0-24). Most were Caucasian (85.9%), well-educated (67.3% > “some college”), and lived in a suburban area (45.6%) and the United States (91%). Table 1 shows treatment modalities . Neurocognitive symptoms (e.g. fatigue and cognitive changes) were most common (48.8%), followed by musculoskeletal/dermatologic (14.1%), and thoracic (13.5%). Figure 1 shows symptoms analyzed by treatment. Only 11.2% were initially offered a SCP, and of those, 54.5% were offered by their healthcare provider, most often at a non-university-based cancer center (66.2%).
TREATMENT N (689 total) % Any Surgery 375 54.4 Any Chemotherapy 522 75.8 Any Radiation 377 54.7 Surgery Alone 98 14.2 Surgery + Chemotherapy 119 17.3 Surgery + Radiation 15 2.2 Surgery + Chemotherapy + Radiation 143 20.8 Chemotherapy Alone 70 10.2 Chemotherapy + Radiation 190 27.9 Radiation Alone 29 4.2 Not Specified 25 3.6
For lung cancer patients worldwide, it is feasible to obtain PROs and create SCPs through a web-based program. As lung cancer survivors live longer, further attention should be paid to PROs, and our data indicates that, surprisingly, the most common symptoms to address are neurocognitive. As very few patients were offered SCPs, increased effort should be made to provide SCPs, particularly in urban and university cancer center settings. This study was funded in part by the LIVESTRONG Foundation.
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