Maximizing quality of life remains an ultimate goal in the era of precision medicine: Exemplified by lung cancer

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An ultimate goal of precision medicine in lung cancer treatment is to restore patient health with maximized quality of life (QOL). Results from Mayo Clinic studies show that a significant improvement in fatigue, dyspnea, and pain scales could lead to better overall QOL. Although treatments and guidelines for clinical implementation to alleviate these key symptoms are available, few cancer patients receive adequate therapy, mostly because of limitations in current care delivery systems and unclear clinicians' roles. For optimal care of lung cancer survivors in different subpopulations, three barriers must be overcome: Physicians' lack of knowledge, unwarranted practice variation, and uncertainty regarding care provider roles. Appropriate culturally adapted, tested and validated tools for QOL measures must be developed, rather than directly translating existing tools between different languages and across cultures or diverse subpopulations. Finally, lack of sensitive, adequate, and relevant tools in measuring health-related QOL (HRQOL) has long been an issue for effective data collection, demanding a global consensus on a set of core components that reflect the needs of all critical parties for the best cure and care, supporting patients to achieve optimal HRQOL.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)8-12
Number of pages5
JournalPrecision Clinical Medicine
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1 2019


  • Lung cancer
  • health-related quality of life
  • survivorship

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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