Patient attrition in Molecular Tumour Boards: a systematic review
AffiliationDigital Experimental Cancer Medicine Team, Cancer Research UK Manchester Institute Cancer Biomarker Centre, Manchester, UK.
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AbstractBackground: Molecular Tumour Boards (MTBs) were created with the purpose of supporting clinical decision-making within precision medicine. Though in use globally, reporting on these meetings often focuses on the small percentages of patients that receive treatment via this process and are less likely to report on, and assess, patients who do not receive treatment. Methods: A literature review was performed to understand patient attrition within MTBs and barriers to patients receiving treatment. A total of 51 papers were reviewed spanning a 6-year period from 11 different countries. Results: In total, 20% of patients received treatment through the MTB process. Of those that did not receive treatment, the main reasons were no mutations identified (27%), no actionable mutations (22%) and clinical deterioration (15%). However, data were often incomplete due to inconsistent reporting of MTBs with only 55% reporting on patients having no mutations, 55% reporting on the presence of actionable mutations with no treatment options and 59% reporting on clinical deterioration. Discussion: As patient attrition in MTBs is an issue which is very rarely alluded to in reporting, more transparent reporting is needed to understand barriers to treatment and integration of new technologies is required to process increasing omic and treatment data.
CitationFrost H, Graham DM, Carter L, O'Regan P, Landers D, Freitas A. Patient attrition in Molecular Tumour Boards: a systematic review. British journal of cancer. 2022 Aug 8. PubMed PMID: 35941175. Epub 2022/08/09. eng.
JournalBritish Journal of Cancer
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