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Hematology oncology practice in the Asia-Pacific APHCON survey results from the 6th international hematologic malignancies conference: bridging the gap 2015, Beijing, China

Xiao Jun Huang _, Kaiyan Liu, David Ritchie, Borje Andersson, Jin Lu, Jian Hou, Adolfo de la Fuente Burguera, JianXiang Wang, Allen Yeoh, Chenhua Yan, Daobin Zhou, Daryl Tan, Dong Wook Kim, Depei Wu, Elizabeth Shpall, Stephen Kornblau, Sattava Neelapu, Suradej Hongeng, Jianyong Li, Jiong Hu, Lian Sheng Zhang, Michael Wang, Pankaj Malhotra, Qian Jiang, Yazhen Qin, Raymond Wong, Richard Champlin, Frederick Hagemeister, Jason Westin, Swaminathan Iyer, Vikram Mathews, Yu Wang, Yu Hu, Zhijian Xiao, Zonghong Shao, Robert Z. Orlowski, Chor Sang Chim, Stephen Mulligan, Miguel Sanz, Keiya Ozawa, Simrit Parmar and Surapol Issaragrisil

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Oncotarget. 2017; 8:41620-41630. https://doi.org/10.18632/oncotarget.15655

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Xiao Jun Huang1, Kaiyan Liu1, David Ritchie2, Borje Andersson3 , Jin Lu1, Jian Hou4, Adolfo de la Fuente Burguera5, JianXiang Wang6, Allen Yeoh26, Chenhua Yan1, Daobin Zhou8, Daryl Tan7, Dong Wook Kim8 , Depei Wu9, Elizabeth Shpall3, Stephen Kornblau3, Sattava Neelapu3, Suradej Hongeng10, Jianyong Li11, Jiong Hu12, Lian Sheng Zhang13, Michael Wang3, Pankaj Malhotra14, Qian Jiang1, Yazhen Qin1, Raymond Wong15, Richard Champlin3, Frederick Hagemeister3, Jason Westin3, Swaminathan Iyer16, Vikram Mathews17, Yu Wang1, Yu Hu18, Zhijian Xiao19, Zonghong Shao20, Robert Z. Orlowski3, Chor Sang Chim21, Stephen Mulligan22, Miguel Sanz23, Keiya Ozawa24, Simrit Parmar3 and Surapol Issaragrisil25

1 Peking University People’s Hospital, Peking University Institute of Hematology, Beijing, China

2 Royal Melbourne Hospital, Melbourne, Australia

3 MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas, USA

4 Shanghai Changzheng Hospital, Shanghai, China

5 MD Anderson Cancer Center, Madrid, Spain

6 Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences & Peking Union Medical College, Beijing, China

7 Singapore General Hospital, Bukit Merah, Singapore

8 Seoul St. Mary’s Hospital, S. Korea

9 First Affiliated Hospital of Soochow University, Jiangsu Institute of Hematology, Jiangsu, China

10 Ramathibodi Hospital, Bangkok, Thailand

11 First Affiliated Hospital of Nanjing Medical University, Jiangsu Province Hospital, Nanjing, China

12 Ruijin Hospital, Shanghai, China

13 Gansu Provincial Key Laboratory of Hematology, Lanzhou, China

14 Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, India

15 Prince of Wales Hospital, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China

16 Methodist Hospital, Houston, Texas, USA

17 Christian Medical College and Hospital, Vellore, India

18 Wuhan Union Hospital, Wuhan, China

19 Institute of Hematology and Hospital of Blood Diseases, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences, Tianjin, China

20 General Hospital of Tianjin Medical University, Tianjin, China

21 Queen Mary Hospital, Hong Kong

22 Royal North Shore Hospital, University of Sydney, Australia

23 University Hospital La Fe, Valencia, Spain

24 The Institute of Medical Science, University of Tokyo, Japan

25 Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital, Bangkok, Thailand

26 National University Hospital, Singapore

Correspondence to:

Simrit Parmar, email:

Keywords: Asia, hematology, myeloma, leukemia, lymphoma

Received: August 11, 2016 Accepted: January 06, 2017 Published: February 23, 2017


This report serves as a snapshot of the state-of-knowledge in the Asia Pacific (APAC) Hematology Oncology community, and establishes a baseline for longitudinal investigations to follow changes in best practices over time. The objective of this study was to understand the approach to hematologic diseases, common standards of care and best practices, issues that remain controversial or debated, and educational or resource gaps that warrant attention. We used mobile application to disseminate and distribute questionnaires to delegates during the 6th international hematologic malignancies conference hosted by the APAC Hematology Consortium at Beijing, China. User responses were collected in an anonymous fashion. We report survey results in two ways: the overall responses, and responses as stratified between Chinese physicians and “Other” represented nationalities. Overall geographical concordance in survey responses was positive and strong. Perhaps more interesting than instances of absolute agreement, these data provide a unique opportunity to identify topics in which physician knowledge or opinions diverge. We assigned questions from all modules to broad categories of: patient information; diagnosis; treatment preference; transplantation; and general knowledge/opinion. On average, we observed a geographic difference of 15% for any particular answer choice, and this was fairly constant across survey modules. These results reveal utility and need for widespread and ongoing initiatives to assess knowledge and provide evidence-based education in real time. The data will be made more valuable by longitudinal participation, such that we can monitor changes in the state of the art over time.

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