Analysis Presented at ASCO GU Highlights Significant Differences in Clinical Treatment Plans and Expert Recommendations for Patients With Advanced RCC

Reston, Virginia – February 21, 2018 - Health care professionals (HCPs) often select disparate treatment approaches compared with expert recommendations, according to an analysis of data captured with an online tool developed by Clinical Care Options (CCO) in collaboration with 5 renal cell carcinoma (RCC) experts. Detailed analysis of the data was presented by Won Kim, MD, at the 2018 Genitourinary Cancers Symposium in San Francisco, California.

The treatment landscape for advanced RCC is complex and rapidly evolving, making it difficult for many HCPs, particularly those in community settings, to make informed treatment decisions for their patients. CCO collaborated with 5 RCC experts—Thomas E. Hutson, DO, PharmD, FACP; Won Kim, MD; Robert Motzer, MD; Elizabeth R. Plimack, MD, MS; and Brian Rini, MD, FACP—to develop an online tool that provides patient-specific guidance on treatment decisions for advanced RCC. More than 70% of participants indicated that the recommendations provided by the tool either changed or confirmed their management plan.

“The data [from this tool] are very interesting, especially the differences between expert recommendations and the community physicians using the tool, as well as the treatment trends of both experts and HCPs over time,” said author Brian Rini, MD, FACP, Professor of Medicine and Leader of the GU Program at Cleveland Clinic Taussig Cancer Institute.

Lead author Won Kim, MD, Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine and Urology at the University of California, San Francisco, said, “Given that expert recommendations often changed the treatment plan of HCPs, the potential of an online tool to improve clinical outcomes in patients with advanced RCC warrants further investigation.”

CCO and the experienced RCC experts from leading academic institutions will continue to provide updated treatment recommendations for patients with advanced RCC to improve patient care and overall outcomes. Additional iterations of this treatment support tool are planned. The most recent version of CCO’s RCC tools, with treatment perspectives from an international panel of experts, can be found at

Kim W, Rosenthal KM, Hutson TE, Motzer R, Plimack ER, Obholz KL, Vinther A, Rini B. Analysis of an Online Tool to Explore Evolving Practice Patterns in Renal Cell Carcinoma (RCC). Program and abstracts of the 2018 Genitourinary Cancers Symposium. February 8-10, 2018.

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