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Monirul Islam, MD, PhD
Patient-Defined Treatment Success and Preferences in Advanced-Stage Lung Cancer Patients
Associate Professor of Epidemiology
College of Public Health
University of Nebraska Medical Center
2 Riverside Circle, Roanoke, VA 24016
Metastatic non-small cell lung cancer is a fatal disease that disproportionately affects older patients. Treatments have similar efficacies but different toxicity profiles. Thus, the definition of treatment success is dependent on individual patients’ tolerability of adverse events. Yet no clinician or patient guide exists on how to assess and integrate patient’s preferences of adverse events into the treatment planning process. Dr. Islam seeks to integrate non-small cell lung cancer patient treatment preferences into clinical treatment planning. He aims to determine whether individual patients’ preferences, characteristics, and treatment experiences affect the definition of treatment success; establish how to best predict real-life patient’s treatment choices based on patients’ preferences of adverse events; and explore whether physicians are likely to change their oncologic clinical practice after receiving a detailed communication of their patients’ preferences of adverse events.