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Supplementary Material. Preferences of Adults with Cancer for Systemic Cancer Treatment: Do Preferences Differ based on Age?

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posted on 11.11.2021, 12:07 authored by Prajwal Dhakal, Christopher S. Wichman, Bunny Pozehl, Meaghann Weaver, Alfred L Fisher, Julie Vose, R Gregory Bociek, Vijaya Raj Bhatt
Supplementary Material. Preferences of Adults with Cancer for Systemic Cancer Treatment: Do Preferences Differ based on Age?
The self-reported 30-item therapy preference questionnaire

Abstract
Background: We used Therapy Preference Scale, a 30-item questionnaire, to determine cancer treatment preferences of adults with cancer.
Methods: We used Wilcoxon’s Rank Sum Test and Fisher’s exact test to compare preferences of younger(<60years) versus older adults(≥60years).
Results: While 56% of patients would accept treatment offering increased life expectancy at an expense of short-term side-effects, 75% preferred maintenance of cognition, functional ability, and quality of life(QoL) to quantity of days. Oral instead of intravenous treatment(p=0.003), shorter hospital stay(p=0.03), preservation of cognitive function(p=0.01), and avoidance of pain(p=0.02) were more important to older patients compared to younger patients.
Conclusion: Many patients prioritized maintenance of cognition, functional ability, and QoL; older patients valued oral treatment, shorter hospital stay, preservation of cognitive function, and avoidance of pain.

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National Institutes of Health > National Institute of General Medical Sciences (GM115458)

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