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    MA 04 - Advocacy: Listen to the Patients (ID 655)

    • Event: WCLC 2017
    • Type: Mini Oral
    • Track: Patient Advocacy
    • Presentations: 1
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      MA 04.02 - Assessing the Psychosocial Needs of Newly Diagnosed NSCLC Patients: Identifying the Population Most At-Risk (ID 8345)

      11:00 - 12:30  |  Author(s): A. Bates

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      Background:
      The Psychosocial Screen for Cancer (PSSCAN-R) questionnaire and the Canadian Problem Checklist (CPC) are validated screening tools used to identify the psychosocial needs of patients with cancer. The questionnaire identifies at-risk patients requiring timely psychosocial intervention and the CPC comprises of patient-reported support needs in 6 psychosocial domains. The study goal was to review reported needs of patients with NSCLC to facilitate the development of programs and resources specific to those identified as at-risk for psychosocial distress.

      Method:
      All patients with NSCLC referred to BC Cancer Agency centres from 2011-2015, who completed a prospective PSSCAN-R and CPC questionnaire at the time of their first visit, were included in the study. Demographics and baseline disease characteristics were collected retrospectively. Univariate analysis using the Chi-squared test and Fisher’s exact test were used to compare patient groups based on gender, age and stage of disease.

      Result:
      4313 patients completed the PSSCAN-R and CPC questionnaire. The median age was 70 (21-99), with 50% female and 51% of patients with stage IV disease. 29% of patients live alone with 13% having lost their spouse/partner. However, 93% of patients report regular contact with friends/relatives and 85% have someone who can provide assistance with daily tasks (shopping, cooking, transportation). Female patients, patients aged 65 or younger, and those with advanced disease were more likely to report significantly higher levels of anxiety and depression, and reported higher number of needs on the CPC. Figure 1



      Conclusion:
      Newly diagnosed patients with NSCLC report clinically higher levels of anxiety and depression and have greater number of concerns in multiple psychosocial domains. Resources should be developed for lung cancer patients based on their care needs with careful consideration of patients' age, gender and disease stage to optimally support their psychosocial needs during treatment and follow up.

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