Stepwise development of a cancer care delivery research study to evaluate the prevalence of virus infections in cancer patients

Joseph M. Unger, Dawn L. Hershman, Kathryn B. Arnold, Rohit Loomba, Rashmi Chugh, Jessica P. Hwang, Mark A. O'rourke, Nishin A. Bhadkamkar, Lili X. Wang, Abby B. Siegel, Timothy P. Cooley, Jeffrey L. Berenberg, Benjamin B. Bridges, Scott D. Ramsey

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Abstract

Background: SWOG initiated a cancer care delivery research study of virus infection rates among newly diagnosed cancer patients. This study will inform viral screening guidelines in oncology clinics. Methods: In a first step 'vanguard' phase, we evaluated the feasibility of multiple study procedures. Site investigators were surveyed to obtain feedback on study implementation. Results: Much higher enrollment occurred at sites where all physicians participated and viral testing was performed as routine practice. These procedures will be required going forward. Additional protocol changes based on site investigator input were implemented. Conclusion: This multistep protocol design process illustrates how cancer care delivery research studies can adapt to real-world strategies and procedures that exist at community clinics where the predominance of cancer patients are treated.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1219-1231
Number of pages13
JournalFuture Oncology
Volume12
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2016

Keywords

  • cancer care delivery research
  • screening
  • viral infections in cancer patients

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research

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