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    MA17 - New Methods to Improve Lung Cancer Patients Outcomes (ID 918)

    • Event: WCLC 2018
    • Type: Mini Oral Abstract Session
    • Track: Nursing and Allied Professionals
    • Presentations: 1
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    • Coordinates: 9/25/2018, 13:30 - 15:00, Room 205 AC
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      MA17.02 - Early Accrual to a Precision Lung Cancer Survivorship Intervention: The Kentucky LEADS Collaborative Lung Cancer Survivorship Care Program (ID 14179)

      13:35 - 13:40  |  Author(s): Susanne M Arnold

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      Recent advances in early detection and treatment of lung cancer have created a need for survivorship care interventions to reduce the psychosocial and symptom burden of lung cancer, but few interventions address the unique experience of lung cancer survivors and their caregivers. Leveraging shared decision making and motivational interviewing, the Kentucky LEADS Collaborative developed a precision psychosocial intervention addressing the unique experiences and challenges of individuals diagnosed with lung cancer and their caregivers. This sub-study describes the demographic, diagnostic, and psychosocial characteristics of the initial participants in the Kentucky LEADS Collaborative Lung Cancer Survivorship Care Program.

      a9ded1e5ce5d75814730bb4caaf49419 Method

      Participants include 61 lung cancer survivors across 9 lung cancer care sites in Kentucky, USA. Data were drawn from baseline surveys of demographic characteristics, disease/treatment information, symptom burden, psychosocial functioning and quality of life administered to lung cancer survivors and caregivers enrolled in the single-arm intervention trial.

      4c3880bb027f159e801041b1021e88e8 Result

      Of the first 61 LC survivors enrolled, 32 had a caregiver join them as participants in the intervention (53%). Participants had a mean age of 62 years. Approximately 20% of LC survivors did not have a caregiver available to participate, and 27% declined to invite a caregiver join the program. Most participating caregivers were spouses (63%), but siblings (10%) and children (19%) were also included. Most survivors were female (66%), Caucasian (97%), and covered by health insurance (95%), and 59% were married or living in a committed relationship. Most participants had been diagnosed with non-small cell lung cancer (84%) and late-stage disease (IIIB-IV; 53%). Most participants had a history of smoking (95%); 30% had smoked within the past 30 days, and 29% were current smokers. Among current smokers, participants reported very high levels of quit planning (9.23±2.77) and quitting confidence (9.14±2.89). Finally, approximately 55% reported clinically significant distress, with a mean level of distress of 3.98 (2.99) on a scale from 0-10.

      8eea62084ca7e541d918e823422bd82e Conclusion

      Early accrual to the trial has exceeded expectations. Most survivors had advanced disease and reported significant distress. A substantial minority continued to use tobacco. Data suggest that modifications made to the survivorship approach emphasizing empathy and patient preference may help improve intervention acceptability and feasibility. Subsequent analyses will evaluate the impact of the intervention on quality of life, psychosocial functioning, and symptom burden. Data will also be collected regarding acceptability of the intervention and potential program changes to optimize benefits.


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