Prospective Evaluation of a 12-Gene Assay on Patient Treatment Decisions and Physician Confidence in Mismatch Repair Proficient Stage IIA Colon Cancer

Lindsay A. Renfro, Nan Zhang, Margarita Lopatin, Calvin Chao, Steven Robert Alberts

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Background: The Oncotype DX colon cancer assay is a validated predictor of recurrence risk in patients with resected stage II colon cancer. We previously reported that Oncotype DX led to a change in treatment recommendations for 45% of patients with T3 mismatch repair proficient (MMR-P) stage II tumors in a prospective study. In the present study, we report the assay's influence on patient treatment decisions, physician confidence, concordance between physicians and patients, and patient decisional conflict. Patients and Methods: Consecutive patients with resected stage IIA colon cancer were enrolled. The tumor specimens were assessed using a 12-gene assay (reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction) and by immunohistochemistry for MMR. Before and after receiving the results, the patients completed surveys that included their treatment preference, their current and preferred roles in treatment decision-making, and indicators of decisional conflict. Physicians completed similar pre- and postassay surveys. Results: Of 221 patients enrolled, 139 T3 MMR-P patients were evaluable for the patient-reported analyses and 150 patients were evaluable for the physician-reported analyses. Before the assay, 46% of the patients chose observation, 3% 5-fluorouracil, 7% oxaliplatin, 4% other, and 41% were undecided. After the assay, 75% chose observation, 12% 5-fluorouracil, 11% oxaliplatin, and 2% other. After the assay, 94% of the defined treatment decisions were concordant between patients and physicians compared with 60% before the assay. Physicians reported the assay influenced their treatment decisions and increased confidence in their treatment recommendations for 69% and 84% of patients, respectively. Most patients (86%) reported that the assay influenced their treatment decisions. Patient decisional conflict was significantly lower after learning the assay results (P < .001). Conclusion: In the present prospective study, knowledge of the 12-gene assay results influenced treatment decisions for most patients and physicians, increased physician confidence, improved the concordance between patients and physicians, and decreased patient decisional conflict.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalClinical Colorectal Cancer
StateAccepted/In press - Aug 29 2015


  • Colon cancer
  • Decision making
  • Patient outcomes
  • Patient-physician concordance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Gastroenterology

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