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Activity Number: 284 - ASA Biometrics Section JSM Travel Awards (II)
Type: Topic Contributed
Date/Time: Tuesday, July 30, 2019 : 8:30 AM to 10:20 AM
Sponsor: Biometrics Section
Abstract #301770
Title: Tailored Optimal Post-Treatment Surveillance for Cancer Recurrence
Author(s): Rui Chen* and Menggang Yu
Companies: UW-Madison Dept. of Statistics and University of Wisconsin-Madison
Keywords: Cancer surveillance; Competing risks; Dynamic programming; Markov model; Optimization

A substantial rise in the number of cancer survivors has led to urgent management questions regarding effective post-treatment surveillance strategies for cancer recurrence. Current surveillance guidelines provided by a number of professional societies all warn against overly aggressive surveillance, especially for low risk patients, but fail to provide more specific directions to accommodate underlying heterogeneity of cancer recurrence. So it is imperative to develop data-driven strategies that tailor the surveillance schedules to recurrence risk in this era of stricter insurance regulations, provider shortages and rising costs of health care. Due to a lack of statistical methods for surveillance scheduling in presence of competing risks, we propose a general approach that uses an intuitive loss function for optimization of early detection of recurrence before death. The proposed strategies can tailor to recurrence risks, in terms of both intensity and amount of surveillance. Using general three-state Markov models, our method is flexible and includes earlier works as special cases. We illustrate our method with simulation studies and an application to breast cancer surveillance.

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