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Lemanska A.,University of Surrey | Chen T.,University of Surrey | Dearnaley D.P.,The Institute of Cancer Research & Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust | Jena R.,University of Cambridge | And 2 more authors.
Quality of Life Research | Year: 2017

Purpose: To investigate the role of symptom clusters in the analysis and utilisation of patient reported outcome measures (PROMs) for data modelling and clinical practice. To compare symptom clusters with scales, and to explore their value in PROMs interpretation and symptom management. Methods: A dataset called RT01 (ISCRTN47772397) of 843 prostate cancer patients was used. PROMs were reported with the University of California, Los Angeles Prostate Cancer Index (UCLA-PCI). Symptom clusters were explored with hierarchical cluster analysis (HCA) and average linkage method (correlation > 0.6). The reliability of the Urinary Function Scale was evaluated with Cronbach’s Alpha. The strength of the relationship between the items was investigated with Spearman’s correlation. Predictive accuracy of the clusters was compared to the scales by receiver operating characteristic (ROC) analysis. Presence of urinary symptoms at 3 years measured with the late effects on normal tissue: subjective, objective, management tool (LENT/SOM) was an endpoint. Results: Two symptom clusters were identified (urinary cluster and sexual cluster). The grouping of symptom clusters was different than UCLA-PCI Scales. Two items of the urinary function scales (“number of pads” and “urinary leak interfering with sex”) were excluded from the urinary cluster. The correlation with the other items in the scale ranged from 0.20 to 0.21 and 0.31 to 0.39, respectively. Cronbach’s Alpha showed low correlation of those items with the Urinary Function Scale (0.14–0.36 and 0.33–0.44, respectively). All urinary function scale items were subject to a ceiling effect. Clusters had better predictive accuracy, AUC = 0.70 –0.65, while scales AUC = 0.67–0.61. Conclusion: This study adds to the knowledge on how cluster analysis can be applied for the interpretation and utilisation of PROMs. We conclude that multiple-item scales should be evaluated and that symptom clusters provide a study-specific approach for modelling and interpretation of PROMs. © 2017 The Author(s)


Hazelett D.J.,Cedars Sinai Medical Center | Conti D.V.,University of Southern California | Han Y.,University of Southern California | Al Olama A.A.,University of Cambridge | And 8 more authors.
Cell Cycle | Year: 2016

Genome-wide association studies (GWAS) have revealed numerous genomic ‘hits’ associated with complex phenotypes. In most cases these hits, along with surrogate genetic variation as measure by numerous single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) that are in linkage disequilibrium, are not in coding genes making assignment of functionality or causality intractable. Here we propose that fine-mapping along with the matching of risk SNPs at chromatin biofeatures lessen this complexity by reducing the number of candidate functional/causal SNPs. For example, we show here that only on average 2 SNPs per prostate cancer risk locus are likely candidates for functionality/causality; we further propose that this manageable number should be taken forward in mechanistic studies. The candidate SNPs can be looked up for each prostate cancer risk region in 2 recent publications in 20151,2 from our groups. © 2016 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.


Chai X.,University of Pennsylvania | Friebel T.M.,University of Pennsylvania | Singer C.F.,Medical University of Vienna | Evans D.G.,University of Manchester | And 19 more authors.
Breast Cancer Research and Treatment | Year: 2014

Inherited mutations in BRCA1 or BRCA2 (BRCA1/2) confer very high risk of breast and ovarian cancers. Genetic testing and counseling can reduce risk and death from these cancers if appropriate preventive strategies are applied, including risk-reducing salpingo-oophorectomy (RRSO) or risk-reducing mastectomy (RRM). However, some women who might benefit from these interventions do not take full advantage of them. We evaluated RRSO and RRM use in a prospective cohort of 1,499 women with inherited BRCA1/2 mutations from 20 centers who enrolled in the study without prior cancer or RRSO or RRM and were followed forward for the occurrence of these events. We estimated the age-specific usage of RRSO/RRM in this cohort using Kaplan–Meier analyses. Use of RRSO was 45 % for BRCA1 and 34 % for BRCA2 by age 40, and 86 % for BRCA1 and 71 % for BRCA2 by age 50. RRM usage was estimated to be 46 % by age 70 in both BRCA1 and BRCA2 carriers. BRCA1 mutation carriers underwent RRSO more frequently than BRCA2 mutation carriers overall, but the uptake of RRSO in BRCA2 was similar after mutation testing and in women born since 1960. RRM uptake was similar for both BRCA1 and BRCA2. Childbearing influenced the use of RRSO and RRM in both BRCA1 and BRCA2. Uptake of RRSO is high, but some women are still diagnosed with ovarian cancer before undergoing RRSO. This suggests that research is needed to understand the optimal timing of RRSO to maximize risk reduction and limit potential adverse consequences of RRSO. © 2014, Springer Science+Business Media New York.

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