The introduction of immunotherapy and targeted therapy has substantially improved the clinical outcomes of stage III (local metastases) and IV melanoma (distant metastases) patients. However, these treatments present their unique combination of potential (immune-related) adverse events (irAEs) that might affect the patients’ health-related quality of life (HRQOL). A validated questionnaire that adequately covers these issues does currently not exist. Therefore, this study aims to develop an HRQOL questionnaire for patients with advanced melanoma.
1. Protocol for project written
2.Local ethical approval obtained
3.Initiated Phase 1A
Expected completion of the project’s phases:
Phase 1A: September 2021
Phase 1B-1D: September 2022
Phase 2: February 2023
Phase 3A-3B: September 2024
Phase 4: To be determined
If you are interested to collaborate in this project, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Not that long ago, people diagnosed with advanced skin cancer had relatively little chance to survive their disease. However, through impressive research, new therapies have been created that improve these odds. With more people showing long-term survival, the way it affects their lifestyle becomes more interesting. How does having advanced skin cancer affect their lives, their mental health, their physical wellbeing? What issues do they experience from their disease, from their treatment, and how long do these issues last? This study aims to answer these questions and ultimately create a questionnaire that will serve as a compass to see:
1) What issues patients with advanced skin cancer face, and 2) what we as health care professionals can do to address these issues and improve their lives.