SOAPP Overview
Dr. Fisch Dr Michael Fisch provides an overview of the SOAPP study.

Dr Cleeland
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SOAPP Brochure
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In the United States each year, roughly 1.3 million people are diagnosed with cancer—more than half live at least 5 years past diagnosis. These patients are at risk for bothersome symptoms that may diminish their quality of life, a situation compounded by

  • An expanding and aging population with a growing disease burden and suffering due to malignancy
  • A lag in scope and quality of scientific evidence on cancer symptom epidemiology and treatment

This is an urgent call for reliable data on the prevalence, severity, and treatment of cancer- and therapy-related symptoms, and the basis of our prospective research to investigate the following:

  • Primary objective: describe the physical and psychological symptom prevalence, severity, and interference experienced by cancer patients over a 4- to 5-week period during outpatient follow-up at ECOG institutions
  • Secondary objectives: explore the association between patient and provider perceptions of symptom severity, practice patterns for symptom interventions, and factors related to symptom relief; also, study the focus and scope of oncologist-selected interventions to improve symptom control
Watch Dr Fisch's ABC News highlight of Cancer Patients' Pain Remains Undertreated by clicking here

1st SOAPP Article Published
Click here to access first E2Z02 (SOAPP) article published by the Journal of Clinical Oncology: Fisch MJ, Lee JW, Weiss M, et al. Prospective, observational study of pain and analgesic prescribing in medical oncology outpatients with breast, colorectal, lung, or prostate cancer. J Clin Oncol. 2012 Apr 16;[Epub ahead of print].

ASCO 2012
Six SOAPP abstracts were accepted at the ASCO Annual Meeting 2012:

Cancer Type Abstract No. Lead Author
Health Services Research Poster 6076 F. Zhao
Health Services Research Poster 6080 C. Ritchie
Patient and Survivor Care Clin Sci Symp 9016 J. Manola
Patient and Survivor Care Poster 9099 X. S. Wang
Patient and Survivor Care Poster 9106 T. R. Mendoza
Patient and Survivor Care Poster 9112 M. J. Fisch

Please click on the Publications tab to view these abstracts, or click here for more information on the 2012 ASCO meeting and accepted abstracts.

MASCC 2012
Three abstracts were accepted for the MASCC (Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer) meeting in New York City on June 27-29. One abstract is on determinants of driving (Victor Chang), another on concordance related to comorbidity (Elizabeth Kvale), and a third on pain change according to baseline severity (Fengmin Zhao).
©2012, Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group