Use of Cancer Treatment Plans in Georgia: Results from 2012 and 2017 BRFSS

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Presentation given at the Georgia Southern University Research Symposium.

Background: To inform development of interventions on follow-up care and resource allocation for cancer survivors in Georgia, in collaboration with the GDPH, we assessed progress in use of cancer treatment plans, as recommended by the ASCO.

Methods: This observational study was based on cross-sectional data from the 2012 and 2017 GA BRFSS. All analyses employed sampling weights to adjust to the selection probabilities and nonresponse. Changes in receipt of a written cancer treatment plan were examined using unadjusted and adjusted binary logistic regression analyses.

Results: The average adult cancer survivor was aged 62.95 years in 2017 compared to 60.83 in 2012 (p < 0.001). In 2017, 52.58% of adult cancer survivors received a cancer treatment summary compared to 40.57% in 2012 (p = 0.022). Those who received treatment summaries had a higher age of cancer diagnosis (p = 0.035) and received more instructions for routine check-ups compared to those who did not (p < 0.001). Differences in receipt of treatment summaries were not observed by sex, race or ethnicity, education, BMI, or income levels.

Conclusions: Increase in use of cancer treatment plans is an important step toward improving quality of follow-up care and health outcomes of cancer survivors in Georgia


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Georgia Southern University Research Symposium


Statesboro, GA