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MA 04 - Advocacy: Listen to the Patients (ID 655)
- Event: WCLC 2017
- Type: Mini Oral
- Track: Patient Advocacy
- Presentations: 1
MA 04.10 - An Assessment of the Willingness to Provide Serial Bio-Specimens: Experience from an Irish Tertiary Cancer Centre (ID 10076)
11:00 - 12:30 | Author(s): E. Harrold
The rising imperative to improve our understanding of cancer heterogeneity and individualised drug response has led to a high demand for biopsy material. With improvements in technologies, there is now a move away from more traditional tissue based sampling to liquid based biopsies. ‘Liquid biopsies’ provide a non-invasive means for molecularly profiling patients with cancer, thus benefiting patients and clinicians in terms of treatment choice and shared decision-making. We assessed the willingness of patients to undergo repeated tissue and/or ‘liquid’ based sampling.
Detailed questionnaires, assessing patients’ perceptions of, and willingness to undergo serial biopsies were distributed to ambulatory patients at a tertiary cancer referral centre (St. James’s Hospital, Dublin). Multivariate analysis was performed using ordinal logistic regression analysis.
The questionnaire response rate was 97% (247/255). Respondents were primarily female (73%), aged between 51-70 yrs (51%), with breast (39%), colorectal (16%), oesophagogastric (13%), and lung cancer (12%). Of those that responded, repeat biopsy of an easily accessible lesion was acceptable to 203 (82%) patients if recommended by an oncologist. However this reduced to 102 (41%) patients, if the purpose was solely for clinical trial. Acceptability decreased to 168 (68%) and 81 (33%) patients respectively for more invasive biopsies. Additionally, 79 (32%) patients were willing to undergo additional biopsy for research purposes only, with 54 (21%) patients uncertain of its utility in research. Lower performance status (OR=0.44, p=0.04) and the belief that biopsy was unimportant for research (OR=0.74, p=0.04) negatively impacted on willingness to undergo biopsy, while a prior invasive biopsy increased acceptance (OR=1.02, p=0.02). In terms of blood sampling, 82% of patients would consent to repeated blood sampling over the course of their treatment, with >5 samples considered acceptable by 51.5% of patients. Patients with lung cancer had 3.38 greater odds (OR=3.38, p=0.047) of consenting to a repeated blood sample for purely research purposes (compared to any other type of cancer); however their willingness to undergo repeat biopsy was similar to that of other patients (OR=1.99, p=0.129). Data analysis is currently on-going.
Patients with cancer are willing to participate in serial sampling of blood and urine but are less likely to consent to repeated tissue biopsies. Patients with lung cancer were particularly amenable to repeated blood sampling compared to patients with other cancer types. This is significant given the recent data supporting the use of ‘liquid’ biopsy for real-time monitoring of resistance mutations and treatment response dynamics in patients with lung cancer.
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