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Research conducted for Johnson and Johnson published in scientific journal

Findings from a study conducted by Dr. Chris Gaj, Vice President at Research Partnership, has been published in Clinical Genitourinary Cancer.

The study, led by Johnson and Johnson, explored using real world evidence collected by patient records from physicians to examine the impact of genetic mutations on response to therapy in urothelial carcinoma.

The paper is titled ‘Prognostic Value of Fibroblast Growth Factor Receptor Genetic Alterations in Metastatic Urothelial Carcinoma’ and was published in Clinical Genitourinary Cancer. It explores the impact of FGFR mutations on response to different first-line anti-tumor regimens treating locally advanced or metastatic urothelial carcinoma. A total of 104 physicians treating first-line locally advanced or metastatic patients with systemic therapy contributed a total of 414 eligible patient records for the real-world evidence study. Findings showed that although FGFR mutations did not impact the overall progression free survival relative to wild type FGFR patients, the subset of gene mutation patients who received first-line immune checkpoint inhibitors without chemotherapy had significantly higher rates of progression relative to wild type patients receiving immune checkpoint inhibitors without chemotherapy.

For this project, Research Partnership was responsible for the survey design, enrolling respondents via fieldwork partners, performing analysis, both internally and with an external statistical analysis partner, as well as reading and approving drafts of the manuscript. We were privileged to assist our partners as they work to better understand responses to anti-tumor therapy in this malignancy and help oncologists refine the optimal treatment for patients.

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