HOME >> MEDICINE >> NEWS
When it comes to cancer prognosis, it's not just the tumor that matters

St. Louis, May 25, 2004 -- Findings from a new cancer study may seem obvious -- a patient's overall health is a critical factor in assessing prognosis. But the study's authors say data about patients' non-cancer ailments, called comorbidities, are not currently incorporated into cancer statistics.

The study will appear in the May 26 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Physicians intuitively use a patient's overall health when determining the best course of treatment, but records used to track and study cancer data focus on tumor size and typically ignore comorbidity statistics, according to principal investigator Jay F. Piccirillo, M.D. Those omissions put both clinical trials and cancer physicians at a disadvantage.

"Only 5 percent of adults with cancer are treated in clinical trials, so many treatments are assessed from the study of routine patient care information recorded in cancer registries rather than through controlled clinical trials," says Piccirillo, who is an associate professor of otolaryngology and of medicine at Washington University School of Medicine and Siteman Cancer Center in St. Louis. "We therefore need to incorporate comorbidity statistics into cancer registry records to make our data more accurate and, by extension, to help clinicians determine the best treatments for cancer patients."

In 1995, Piccirillo and his colleagues trained cancer registrars to record comorbidity information during the normal process of documenting cancer cases at the School of Medicine's clinical affiliate, Barnes-Jewish Hospital. The process incorporates the 27 most common comorbid ailments, including the severity level of these conditions on a four-point scale. Registrars combine this information with data they already collect, including tumor size and type.

Their latest study presents findings based on the more than 17,700 patients in the Barnes-Jewish Hospital cancer registry whose comorbidity infor
'"/>

Contact: Gila Z. Reckess
reckessg@wustl.edu
314-286-0109
Washington University School of Medicine
25-May-2004


Page: 1 2 3 4

Related medicine news :

1. Oral bacteria may predict pregnancy outcomes
2. Medicaid enrollment at late stages may partly explain poor outcomes for cancer
3. UCLA Medical Center becomes first hospital to introduce remote presence robots in ICU
4. Patient knows best when it comes to ulcerative colitis, U-M study finds
5. New imaging technologies can enhance orthopaedic outcomes
6. Columbia study finds hemophilia therapy dramatically improves outcomes for bleeding stroke
7. Computer model being developed at Stanford may help surgeons better predict patient outcomes
8. Vaginal hysterectomy leads to better outcomes than abdominal surgery
9. Sit-down rounds improve outcomes for kidney dialysis patients
10. Infection in ELBW infants linked with poor neurodevelopmental, growth outcomes
11. Mentally ill offender treatment and crime reduction act becomes law

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
TAG: When comes cancer prognosis not just the tumor that matters

(Date:9/2/2015)... ... September 02, 2015 , ... Ericson is a noted speaker and educator ... and Associate Director of Education for the Association for Clinical Documentation Improvement Specialists (ACDIS) ... CDI Boot Camps. She serves as a CDI subject matter expert for a variety ...
(Date:9/2/2015)... ... September 02, 2015 , ... ... Administrators is taking action after seeing a significant increase in unlawful tactics ... Review division has found many cases of OON ASCs encouraging members to have ...
(Date:9/2/2015)... ... 2015 , ... The 2015 China Overseas Investment and Entrepreneurship ... conference will be hosted at five star Beijing Kunlun Hotel and Diaoyutai State ... feature leading EB-5 industry professionals and Chinese private equity partners looking for international ...
(Date:9/2/2015)... Kansas City, KS (PRWEB) , ... September 02, 2015 , ... ... recently opened its newest office in Kansas – its Johnson County location. ... backgrounds in healthcare. Mike has a registered nurse background and spent over 20 years ...
(Date:9/2/2015)... ... September 02, 2015 , ... SonicSurg Innovations, an ... announced today that more than 600 successful patient procedures have been performed utilizing ... nearly 70 of these procedures have been on triggering thumbs. , SonicSurg ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):Health News:ezDI Names Noted CDI Educator Cheryl Ericson as Company’s Clinical Documentation Manager 2Health News:ezDI Names Noted CDI Educator Cheryl Ericson as Company’s Clinical Documentation Manager 3Health News:ezDI Names Noted CDI Educator Cheryl Ericson as Company’s Clinical Documentation Manager 4Health News:TPA Cracks Down on Forbidden Tactics Used by Out-of-Network Surgical Centers 2Health News:TPA Cracks Down on Forbidden Tactics Used by Out-of-Network Surgical Centers 3Health News:The 2015 China Overseas Investment and Entrepreneurship Summit (COIES) Announced 2Health News:Amada Senior Care Expands to Greater Kansas City 2Health News:Trigger Tome Surpasses 600 Successful Patient Procedures 2
(Date:9/2/2015)... Sept. 2, 2015 The quantum dot market report ... key market based on the product includes medical devices, display, ... sensor, lighting, battery and energy storage, QD laser, and transistor. ... for the quantum dot market. The report also provides the ... America , Europe , ...
(Date:9/2/2015)... Advanced Wound Dressings - 5EU Analysis ... have steadily replaced traditional bandages and gauze materials ... indications, such as trauma wounds, burns, and chronic ... protection become increasingly critical in wound healing, advanced ... This report focuses on nine market categories ...
(Date:9/2/2015)... About Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia ... increased production of lymphocytes. It has been observed that ... spread to other parts of the body. This leukemia ... slow buildup of the cancerous cells. During the course ... liver, and lymph nodes. The course of the disease ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:Quantum Dot Market by Product , Material, Application, and Geography- Forecast up to 2020 2Advanced Wound Dressings - 5EU Analysis and Market Forecasts 2Global Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia Therapeutics Market 2015-2019 2Global Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia Therapeutics Market 2015-2019 3
Cached News: