Health-related quality of life among patients with metastatic melanoma: Results from an international phase 2 multicenter study

Donald W. Robinson*, Janice N. Cormier, Ning Zhao, Clarissa M. Uhlar, Dennis A. Revicki, David Cella

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Clinical and health-related quality of life (HRQoL) information was analyzed to determine: (a) patient-reported signs, symptoms, and functioning, (b) HRQoL questionnaire psychometrics, and (c) treatment impact on HRQoL. Data from the Melanoma Subscale (MS) of the Functional Assessment of Cancer Therapy-Melanoma and the worst pain question from the Brief Pain Inventory (BPI) were taken from a clinical trial evaluating intetumumab alone or with dacarbazine in Stage IV metastatic melanoma. Descriptive statistics examined patient-reported disease burden at baseline. Correlations explored clinical endpoint and HRQoL associations. Psychometrics included Cronbach's α internal consistency and intraclass correlation coefficient (ICC). Treatment impact on HRQoL was evaluated through HRQoL maintenance and response analyses. Patients (n=127) had a mean age of 62 years, a mean±SD hemoglobin of 13.0±2.6 g/dl, and a mean±SD lactic dehydrogenase of 394±454 IU/l. Ninety-eight percent were Caucasian, 67% were men, and 64% had an Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group status of 0. Baseline BPI worst pain and MS scores (mean±SD) were 1.6±2.2 and 54.5±7.2, respectively. Top three patient-reported health decrements in the MS were appetite, fatigue, and limited physical activity. Observed HRQoL decrements were consistent with the literature. MS and BPI worst pain item demonstrated good psychometrics: Cronbach's α and ICC for the MS were 0.79 and 0.86, respectively; BPI ICC was 0.74. A trend for HRQoL response was observed 3 weeks postbaseline in the dacarbazine + 10 mg/kg intetumumab arm compared with dacarbazine + placebo: 22 versus 10%, respectively, for the MS; 23 versus 5% for the BPI. Further research on the HRQoL benefit of intetumumab in larger studies appears warranted.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)54-62
Number of pages9
JournalMelanoma Research
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2012


  • epidemiology
  • health-related quality of life
  • intetumumab
  • melanoma
  • psychometric
  • symptom

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology
  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research


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