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Brief Title: Patient-Centered Communication of Life Expectancy Estimates in Genitourinary Malignancies

A Patient-Centered Approach to Integration of Life Expectancy Into Treatment Decision Making for Patients With Genitourinary Malignancy


  • Org Study ID: Pro00052777
  • Secondary ID: N/A
  • NCT ID: NCT03522155
  • Sponsor: Cedars-Sinai Medical Center


Investigators will conduct a randomized trial to determine if providing patient-specific life expectancy estimates during treatment counseling via a targeted, patient-centered communication approach improves shared decision making and reduces rates of overtreatment of genitourinary malignancies.


Subjects in the intervention arm will be provided with life expectancy estimates specific to their age and health status. Life expectancy estimates for prostate and kidney cancer patients will be estimated by age and Charlson comorbidity score cutoffs, and life expectancy for bladder cancer patients will be determined using definitions as noted by Cho et al. Talking points will be provided to counseling physicians on how to meaningfully communicate life expectancy data. Subjects will also complete a computer-based conjoint analysis exercise prior to the counseling visit; results will be used to help physicians understand how the subject values life expectancy compared with other decision attributes. The control arm will consist of the current standard of care for treatment counseling.

The intervention will be randomized at the level of the patient after stratification by type of cancer.

All participants will be asked to fill out a validated questionnaire to measure decisional conflict at the conclusion of their counseling visit. Investigators will audiotape treatment counseling visits to allow for qualitative analysis of the quality of communication of life expectancy information. Treatment choice will be documented to assess rates of aggressive versus non-aggressive treatment among patients with limited life expectancy.

  • Overall Status
    Unknown status
  • Start Date
    September 1, 2021
  • Phase
    Not Applicable
  • Study Type


Primary Outcome 1 - Measure:

Primary Outcome 1 - Timeframe: N/A


  • Prostate Cancer Stage I
  • Kidney Cancer Stage I
  • Bladder Cancer Stage II
  • Prostate Cancer Stage II


Inclusion Criteria:
* Newly diagnosed clinical T1-2 prostate adenocarcinoma with Gleason scores of 7 or less

- * Newly diagnosed clinical T1a kidney cancer or renal masses < 4cm - * Newly diagnosed clinical T2 nonmetastatic urothelial carcinoma of the bladder
Exclusion Criteria:
* Under 18 years of age

- * Subjects with difficulty communicating or dementia

- * Non-English speakers

Gender: All

Minimum Age: 18 Years

Maximum Age: N/A

Healthy Volunteers: No


Name: Timothy Daskivich, MD, MSHPM

Role: Principal Investigator

Affiliation: Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

Overall Contact

Name: Timothy Daskivich, MD, MSHPM

Phone: (310) 423-4700



Facility Status Contact
Facility: Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Los Angeles, California 90048
United States
Status: Recruiting Contact: Contact
Timothy Daskivich, MD, MSPHM