Utilizing MyChart to Assess the Effectiveness of Interventions for Vasomotor Symptoms: A Feasibility Study

Official Title

Utilizing MyChart to Assess the Effectiveness of Interventions for Vasomotor Symptoms: A Feasibility Study (REaCT-Hot Flashes Pilot)

Summary:

Vasomotor symptoms (VMS) are a common consequence of systemic therapies for breast cancer. Breast cancer treatments can cause VMS in approximately 30% of postmenopausal women and 95% of premenopausal women with early stage breast cancer (EBC). There are many non-estrogen-based interventions available to manage VMS, including; lifestyle modifications, complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) therapies. However, a recent systematic review and meta-analysis of pharmacological and CAM interventions conducted by our team, found no single optimal treatment for VMS management in breast cancer patients. Given the complex patient, cancer and treatment variables influencing the experience of VMS, the numerous potentially effective VMS interventions available and the varying expectations for an effective intervention, the investigators believe Machine Learning (ML) is ideally suited to the analysis of this common and bothersome treatment related toxicity. The EPIC electronic medical record, and MyChart application has provided both clinicians and patients with increased tools for the documentation of health related outcomes. The investigators believe that the MyChart platform, and ML techniques can be utilized to collect, and analyze outcome data for breast cancer patients experiencing VMS.

Trial Description

Primary Outcome:

  • Patient Engagement (MyChart Accessibility and User Experience)
  • Physician Engagement (MyChart Accessibility and User Experience)
  • Patient Accrual (MyChart Accessibility and User Experience)
  • MyChart Utilization
Secondary Outcome:
  • Hot Flash Severity (MyChart Feasibility)
  • MyChart Feasibility in assessing effectiveness of interventions for VMS
  • Effectiveness of Interventions for VMS - Traditional Statistical Modeling
  • Effectiveness of interventions for VMS (MyChart feasibility)
  • Predicting effectiveness of interventions for VMS - machine learning
Vasomotor symptoms (VMS) are a common consequence of systemic therapies for breast cancer. Breast cancer treatments can cause VMS in approximately 30% of postmenopausal women and 95% of premenopausal women with early stage breast cancer (EBC). In addition to their negative impact on quality of life, unmanaged VMS are the most common reason for discontinuation of potentially curative treatment in 25-60% of EBC patients. Estrogen replacement is a common treatment for VMS in the general population, however, it is contraindicated in breast cancer patients. There are many non-estrogen-based interventions available to manage VMS, including; lifestyle modifications, complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) therapies. However, a recent systematic review and meta-analysis of pharmacological and CAM interventions conducted by our team, found no single optimal treatment for VMS management in breast cancer patients. The investigators recently conducted a survey in 373 patients with EBC which found that while the majority of patients were interested in receiving an intervention to mitigate their symptoms, only 18% received a treatment for this problem. In addition, more than one third of patients experiencing VMS report that they are not routinely asked about their symptoms in routine follow up. Given the complex patient, cancer and treatment variables influencing the experience of VMS, the numerous potentially effective VMS interventions available and the varying expectations for an effective intervention, the investigators believe Machine Learning (ML) is ideally suited to the analysis of this common and bothersome treatment related toxicity. Prior breast cancer studies have successfully applied to ML models to examine risk of developing breast cancer, as well as breast cancer prognosis. The EPIC electronic medical record, and MyChart application has provided both clinicians and patients with increased tools for the documentation of health related outcomes. The investigators believe that the MyChart platform, and ML techniques can be utilized to collect, and analyze outcome data for breast cancer patients experiencing VMS.

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