Multi-institutional quality care initiative (QCI) to improve the care of patients with invasive bladder cancer (BlCa). Conference Paper uri icon

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  • 298 Background: Level 1 evidence supports a survival benefit for BlCa pts that receive periop cisplatin chemotherapy in addition to radical cystectomy (RC). Underutilization of multimodal therapy has been reported nationally. We instituted a multicenter QCI to improve the use of periop chemotherapy. Methods: A two phase effort was initiated at 16 academic institutions. Phase 1 was initiated in 2010 and designed to evaluate baseline patterns of periop chemotherapy use for T2-4N0M0 BlCa pts that underwent RC between 2003-2008. Phase 2 was a prospective QCI. The quality indicators included (1) referral to medical oncology for consideration of multimodality therapy, (2) neoadjuvant, if recommended, be cisplatin based and at least 3 cycles, (3) adjuvant, if recommended, be cisplatin based and at least 3 cycles, (4) all treatment be completed within 6 months. Data on all eligible pts were collected prospectively for 12 months on a web-based survey system. Results: All 16 centers participated in phase 1. Of 4,344 pts on whom data was available, 34% received periop chemotherapy. Neoadjuvant and adjuvant therapy use was 14% and 20%, respectively. 65% of pts receiving periop chemotherapy were treated with a cisplatin-based regimen. Of those treated neoadjuvantly, cisplatin was received in 70% of cases. Nine of the 16 institutions completed phase 2 data collection. Over 700 pts that underwent RC were evaluated. 395 pts with T2-4N0M0 disease were deemed eligible for data entry. Fifty-six percent of eligible pts received periop systemic chemotherapy. Of this 56%, 47% received neoadjuvant cisplatin chemotherapy and 9% received adjuvant cisplatin chemotherapy. This represented a 64.7% increase in the use of any periop chemotherapy and a 3.4 fold increase in neoadjuvant chemotherapy compared to baseline data. Conclusions: We have successfully completed a multi-institutional QCI to improve the use of periop chemotherapy in pts undergoing RC for resectable, non-metastatic bladder cancer. Our data demonstrates that significant improvements can be achieved in not only overall use of periop chemotherapy but most notably in the use of neoadjuvant chemotherapy.


  • Bochner, Bernard H
  • Feifer, Andrew
  • Sperling, Dahlia
  • Mashni, Joseph W
  • Bajorin, Dean F
  • Shah, Jay Bakul
  • Kamat, Ashish M
  • Steinberg, Gary D
  • Stadler, Walter Michael
  • Grubb, Robert L
  • Kibel, Adam S
  • Schoenberg, Mark
  • Black, Peter C
  • Zlotta, Alexandre
  • Kassouf, Wassim
  • Lerner, Seth P
  • Lotan, Yair

publication date

  • February 1, 2014