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Bladder Cancer Study

Decision-making in older cancer patients is becoming increasingly complex due to other health issues or multiple chronic conditions (MCC). Prior studies suggest that older, sicker patients place more importance on quality of life and functional status as compared to younger, healthier counterparts when making treatment decisions. Superficial bladder cancer has the highest median age at diagnosis (73 years) of all cancer sites, and 75 percent of incident bladder cancers are superficial. Limited understanding of what outcomes are most important to elders with MCC and superficial bladder cancer result in significant gaps in our ability to help physicians and patients make treatment decisions. The objective of this project is to apply mixed methods approaches to identify patient-centered outcomes most important to this population.