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Utility of Routinely Collected Geriatric Assessment in Patients With DLBCL

By: Julia Fiederlein
Posted: Thursday, June 9, 2022

Adam J. Olszewski, MD, of the Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, and colleagues conducted a population-based study to determine whether data from the Outcome and Assessment Information Set (OASIS) may be used for pretreatment geriatric evaluation of older patients with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL). The results, which were published in JCO Oncology Practice, suggested an OASIS-based global risk indicator has the potential to guide chemotherapy and supportive care decisions in this population.

β€œIn our novel approach evaluating the association between OASIS assessments, cancer therapy, and patient outcomes, a global risk indicator integrating age, comorbidities, and functional and cognitive statuses was an independent predictor of treatment selection, short-term adverse events, and long-term overall survival in geriatric patients with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma,” the investigators commented. β€œ[It] was superior to assessments on the basis of single domains.”

Using data from the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER)-Medicare database, the investigators identified 1,232 recipients of home care (median age, 80 years) diagnosed with DLBCL between 2011 and 2015 who had pretreatment OASIS evaluations. A global risk indicator categorizing patients as being at low, moderate, or high risk was created based on OASIS assessments.

A total of 65% of patients underwent chemotherapy. High-risk patients were less likely to undergo chemotherapy (odds ratio = 0.50) and curative regimens (odds ratio = 0.59); according to the investigators, 61% of moderate-risk patients received curative regimens. Acute mortality (odds ratio = 2.24), emergency department visits (odds ratio = 1.35), hospitalization (odds ratio = 1.60), and intensive care unit admission (odds ratio = 1.52) were more likely to occur in high-risk patients; this population was also found to experience inferior overall survival outcomes (hazard ratio = 1.41).

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