Survivorship Data in Prostate Cancer: Where Are We and Where Do We Need To Be?

Beth Russell*, Katharina Beyer, Ailbhe Lawlor, Monique J. Roobol, PIONEER Consortium, Lionne D.F. Venderbos, Sebastiaan Remmers, Erik Briers, Sara J. MacLennan, Steven MacLennan, Muhammad Imran Omar, Mieke Van Hemelrijck

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Abstract

Cancer survivorship was recently identified as a prostate cancer (PCa) research priority by PIONEER, a European network of excellence for big data in PCa. Despite being a research priority, cancer survivorship lacks a clear and agreed definition, and there is a distinct paucity of patient-reported outcome (PRO) data available on the subject. Data collection on cancer survivorship depends on the availability and implementation of (validated) routinely collected patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs). There have been recent advances in the availability of such PROMs. For instance, the European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer Quality of Life Group (EORTC QLG) is developing survivorship questionnaires. This provides an excellent first step in improving the data available on cancer survivorship. However, we propose that an agreed, standardised definition of (prostate) cancer survivorship must first be established. Only then can real-world data on survivorship be collected to strengthen our knowledge base. With more men than ever surviving PCa, this type of research is imperative to ensure that the quality of life of these men is considered as much as their quantity of life. Patient summary: As there are more prostate cancer survivors than ever before, research into cancer survivorship is crucial. We highlight the importance of such research and provide recommendations on how to carry it out. The first step should be establishing agreement on a standardised definition of survivorship. From this, patient-reported outcome measures can then be used to collect important survivorship data.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)27-29
Number of pages3
JournalEuropean Urology Open Science
Volume59
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2024

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