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ROI grants $200,000 to evaluate the value of RT and patient outcomes among lung cancer patients

Fairfax, Va., January 21, 2014 The Radiation Oncology Institute (ROI) has selected Christopher G. Slatore, MD, an assistant professor in the division of pulmonary and critical care medicine at the Portland VA Medical Center in Portland, Oregon, and a leader in patient-centered lung cancer research, to receive a $200,000 award, distributed over two years, for a project to examine the comparative value of radiation therapy and patient outcomes among lung cancer patients.

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related deaths, and the number of patients diagnosed with lung cancer is expected to increase as lung cancer screening efforts are more widely implemented. Treatment options for early-stage non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) include surgical resection, stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT), external beam radiation therapy (EBRT) and treatment deferral, however, there are few studies that directly compare the various modalities on a patient-centered metric. Dr. Slatore will conduct a prospective, longitudinal, quantitative and qualitative study among early-stage NSCLC patients undergoing routine care to better understand patient-centered outcomes associated with the differing treatments. In addition, he will evaluate patient-clinician communication to determine its influence on outcomes and decision-making.

Dr. Slatore's three core areas of focus will be: 1) to compare patient-centered outcomes (quality of life, utility, respiratory symptoms) of SBRT compared to surgical resection and compared to EBRT; 2) to quantitatively and qualitatively evaluate the association of patient-clinician communication with patient-centered outcomes; and 3) among clinicians who care for early-stage NSCLC patients, qualitatively evaluate strategies to improve patient-centered outcomes that stem from treatment decisions.

"We are proud to confer this important award to Dr. Slatore; he is an exemplary leader in research focused on patient-centered care for NSCLC, and we look forward to the results of this impressive and meaningful study," said ROI President Theodore Lawrence, MD, PhD, FASTRO. "ROI is committed to supporting research that examines the comparative value of radiation therapy because it can improve cancer care and has the potential to generate the evidence needed to improve cancer outcomes, while slowing the growth of health care spending."


Contact: Michelle Kirkwood
American Society for Radiation Oncology

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