ASCO Survey on COVID-19 in Oncology (ASCO) Registry
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The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Survey on Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) in Oncology Registry (ASCO Registry) aims to help the cancer community learn more about the patterns of symptoms and severity of COVID-19 among patients with cancer, as well as how COVID-19 is impacting the delivery of cancer care and patient outcomes. The ASCO Registry collects both baseline and follow-up data on how the virus impacts cancer care and cancer patient outcomes during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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The COVID-19 Pandemic presents a unique opportunity to capture information on how a disease outbreak affects delivery of high-quality cancer care. ASCO is providing the means for the oncology community to rapidly submit data that will inform both current cancer care and provide information to help guide decision-making for future disease outbreaks. While other entities have launched COVID-19 cancer registries, ASCO's registry collects information about patients undergoing treatment for cancer and with confirmed COVID-19 infection based on a positive test. Unlike other registries, ASCO's registry collects follow-up information on both COVID-19 disease and cancer outcomes at 30-day intervals for the first 90 days and 90-day intervals thereafter up to one year after COVID-19 diagnosis.
Capture and describe cancer and COVID-19 status at COVID-19 diagnosis, and cancer and COVID-19 outcomes of patients with cancer and COVID-19 from participating cancer practices/institutions. Data collected includes treatment approaches, cancer status, changes to cancer treatment plans in patients with confirmed severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) infection, status of COVID-19 infection (e.g., severity of symptoms, need for ventilator, hospitalization, etc.) and cancer (e.g., cancer progression, treatment-related changes/modifications, etc.).
Objective 1: Describe the distribution of symptoms and severity of COVID-19 among patients with cancer (on active treatment or on adjuvant treatment within 12 months after surgical resection) who have confirmed infection of SARS-CoV-2 •Objective 1.1: Describe distribution of symptoms and severity of COVID-19 stratified according to demographic characteristics, including age, cancer type, cancer extent, race, ethnicity, geography, type of therapy received, smoking status, comorbidities, etc.
•Objective 1.2: Identify characteristics independently associated with severity of COVID-19 in cancer patients.
Objective 2: Examine SARS-CoV-2 viral infection outcomes (ongoing, recovery, hospitalized, not in ICU; hospitalized in ICU; placed on ventilator; death due to COVID-19 disease complications) and cancer outcomes (stable, response to treatment, progression, delayed treatment, treatment discontinued, and death)
Objective 2.1: Stratify patients with SARS-CoV-2 viral infection according to characteristics described in Objective 1.1 to examine whether any of the characteristics are independently associated with COVID-19 and/or cancer outcomes
Objective 2.2: Examine the relationship between SARS-CoV-2 viral infection outcomes and cancer outcomes and whether SARS-CoV-2 viral infection outcomes are independently associated with cancer outcomes
Objective 3: To describe effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on cancer practices in the U.S., including changes in staffing and resource availability, priorities for patient care, and modification of interactions between care providers and patients (including use of telemedicine)
The registry collects data about patients with a cancer diagnosis who have a confirmed SARS-CoV-2 infection and are being treated at participating cancer practices/institutions within the United States. Patients in one of the four categories are eligible:
Patients with a new cancer diagnosis and in the process of cancer staging and/or receipt of initial cancer therapy
Patients with clinically evident cancer receiving anti-cancer treatment,
Patients who are disease free, but receiving any type of adjuvant therapy within 1 year following surgical resection (including hormonal treatments), and
Patients with clinically evident cancer receiving supportive care only.
Statistical Considerations and Reporting:
ASCO's Center for Research and Analytics (CENTRA) reports via a data dashboard (https://www.asco.org/covid-resources/asco-registry/data-dashboard) to the general cancer community key characteristics of patients in the Registry. ASCO also submits abstracts for presentation and manuscripts for publication. Reports summarize overall data and stratified by patient characteristics, such as disease sites and stage, age and comorbidities. Reports or publications will also include cancer treatment delay and discontinuation of cancer treatments including surgery, radiation and drug-based therapies, due to the patient's COVID-19 disease and to other factors, with stratification by other variables as described above. Changes in practice patterns of care, staffing, resources, and interactions with patients will also be evaluated and summarized.
As there is no hypothesis testing planned, there is no required sample size and providing reports also provided to other registries, with cumulative information, will not affect validity of results. Confidence intervals will be provided where appropriate to demonstrate precision of estimates.
Changes to Cancer Treatments [ Time Frame: 24 months ]
Treatments: Yes vs. no response to changes in reported treatment administration for anti-cancer therapeutics
Secondary Outcome Measures :
All-cause mortality at 30 days [ Time Frame: 30 days ]
Any patient deaths that occurred as measured by number of days after COVID-19 diagnosis
COVID-19 Symptoms [ Time Frame: 24 months ]
Yes vs. no response to reported COVID-19 symptoms
COVID-19 Treatments [ Time Frame: 24 months ]
Yes vs. no response to reported treatment administration for anti-COVID-19 therapeutics
Patient vital status [ Time Frame: 24 months ]
Alive vs. dead up to 24 months from COVID-19 diagnosis
Overall survival [ Time Frame: 24 months ]
Time to event endpoint measured as the time from covid-19 dx to death, censored at the last time patient was known to be alive if there is no death date provided.
Patient cancer status (for patients who had active cancer at covid-19 dx) [ Time Frame: 24 months ]
Categorical variable of cancer status, compared to time at COVID-19 diagnosis (stable, responding to therapy, progressed). This will be measured over time (longitudinally) and can take different values for the same patient at different time points.
Patient cancer status (for patients who are disease-free at COVID-19 diagnosis) [ Time Frame: 24 months ]
An indicator (yes v no) of whether the patients cancer has relapsed since COVID-19 diagnosis. This will be measured over time (longitudinally) and can take different values for the same patient at different time points.
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Ages Eligible for Study:
Child, Adult, Older Adult
Sexes Eligible for Study:
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:
Patients with a cancer diagnosis who have a confirmed SARS-CoV-2 infection and are being treated for their cancer at participating cancer practices/institutions within the United States
COVID-19 positive diagnosis
One of the following;
Patient has active cancer at the time of COVID-19 diagnosis OR
Patient has been cancer-free for less than 12 months AND receiving adjuvant therapy at the time of COVID-19 diagnosis
COVID-19 suspected, but no positive test result
Patient is a cancer-free not receiving any anti-cancer or adjuvant treatment
Patient is receiving adjuvant therapy, but has been cancer-free for up to 12 months at the time of COVID-19 diagnosis
Individual Participant Data (IPD) Sharing Statement:
Plan to Share IPD:
ASCO will make deidentified Registry data available to researchers (both those at Registry sites and those not involved with the Registry) for further analysis. The timing of data release will depend on the number of cases reported to the registry, and entry of the outcome information. ASCO will review requests for Registry data from individuals and entities that submit a research proposal that complies with ASCO's requirements for data access. ASCO will promote access to information for projects that address the needs of patients with cancer, including marginalized populations and communities. ASCO will promote authenticity, quality, reliability and integrity of information and analyses. ASCO will promote fair access and efficiency in the use and sharing of ASCO Information within the bounds of this Policy.
Statistical Analysis Plan (SAP)
First Quarter 2022
Completion of a satisfactory Research Project Proposal Application, as discussed on the ASCO Data Library website (https://www.asco.org/research-guidelines/center-research-analytics-centra/asco-data-library)