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Gregory A. Abel, MD, MPH

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Phone: (617) 632-2304
Fax: (617) 632-2933


gregory_abel@dfci.harvard.edu

Gregory A. Abel, MD, MPH

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

EDUCATIONAL TITLES

  • Assistant Professor, Medicine, Harvard Medical School
  • Physician, Medical Oncology, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

DF/HCC PROGRAM AFFILIATION

Research Abstract

My research aims to apply health services methods to understand the experiences of patients with cancer and to answer questions about the effectiveness of cancer care. I am also interested in evaluating how intensive cancer therapy affects outcomes other than survival, such as quality of life and financial well-being. I primarily focus on the hematologic malignancies, studying the impact of these diseases and their treatment from diagnosis to the end of life. Specific interests have included the impact of direct-to-consumer advertising in cancer care, utility of surveillance imaging for patients with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma, effects of delays in diagnosis for blood cancers, and therapeutic changes and treatment disparities for patients with multiple myeloma. I have also been fortunate to receive a grant from the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society for a longitudinal study to compare the effectiveness of treatments for older patients with myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS). Another project aims to characterize the financial burden experienced by patients who undergo stem cell transplantation, and whether an increase in that burden is associated with compromised outcomes. Finally, I am interested in expanding and improving the tools available for outcomes research in hematologic oncology. For example, I am developing a new disease-specific measure of quality of life for patients with MDS (the QUALMS-1), and have created an MDS prognostic scoring system for use with the large SEER-Medicare dataset.

Publications

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  • Dabaja BS, Vanderplas AM, Crosby-Thompson AL, Abel GA, Czuczman MS, Friedberg JW, Gordon LI, Kaminski M, Niland J, Millenson M, Nademanee AP, Zelenetz A, LaCasce AS, Rodriguez MA. Radiation for diffuse large B-cell lymphoma in the rituximab era: Analysis of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network lymphoma outcomes project. Cancer 2015; 121:1032-9. PubMed
  • Abel GA. Does Surveillance Imaging After Treatment for Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma Really Work? J Clin Oncol 2015. PubMed
  • Bona K, London WB, Guo D, Abel G, Lehmann L, Wolfe J. Prevalence and impact of financial hardship among New England pediatric stem cell transplantation families. Biol Blood Marrow Transplant 2015; 21:312-8. PubMed
  • Uno H, Cronin AM, Wadleigh M, Schrag D, Abel GA. Derivation and validation of the SEER-Medicare myelodysplastic syndromes risk score (SMMRS). Leuk Res 2015; 38:1420-4. PubMed
  • Herrera AF, Crosby-Thompson A, Friedberg JW, Abel GA, Czuczman MS, Gordon LI, Kaminski MS, Millenson MM, Nademanee AP, Niland JC, Rodig SJ, Rodriguez MA, Zelenetz AD, LaCasce AS. Comparison of referring and final pathology for patients with T-cell lymphoma in the National Comprehensive Cancer Network. Cancer 2014. PubMed
  • Odejide OO, Cronin AM, Davidoff AJ, LaCasce AS, Abel GA. Limited Stage Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma: Comparative Effectiveness of Treatment Strategies in a Large Cohort of Elderly Patients. Leuk Lymphoma 2014. PubMed
  • Abel GA. Public Advertising by Cancer Centers: More Data Needed? Ann Intern Med 2014. PubMed
  • Odejide OO, Jacobson JO, Abel GA. Reply to quality control of bone marrow aspirates: Additional steps toward a safer and more efficient procedure. Cancer 2014; 120:1442. PubMed
  • Zhou Z, Sehn LH, Rademaker AW, Gordon LI, Lacasce AS, Crosby-Thompson A, Vanderplas A, Zelenetz AD, Abel GA, Rodriguez MA, Nademanee A, Kaminski MS, Czuczman MS, Millenson M, Niland J, Gascoyne RD, Connors JM, Friedberg JW, Winter JN. An enhanced International Prognostic Index (NCCN-IPI) for patients with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma treated in the rituximab era. Blood 2014; 123:837-42. PubMed
  • Dusetzina SB, Winn AN, Abel GA, Huskamp HA, Keating NL. Cost sharing and adherence to tyrosine kinase inhibitors for patients with chronic myeloid leukemia. J Clin Oncol 2014; 32:306-11. PubMed
  • Abel GA, Klaassen R, Lee SJ, Young NL, Cannella L, Steensma DP, Efficace F. Patient-reported outcomes for the myelodysplastic syndromes: a new MDS-specific measure of quality of life. Blood 2014; 123:451-2. PubMed
  • Waldman LT, Bean W, Levine AL, Cohen-Bearak A, Phelps FA, Svoboda L, Freedman R, Elfiky A, Berlin S, Abel GA, Deutsch C, Lathan CS. Using FastTrack to Implement an Academic Medical Center and Community Health Center Collaborative for Cancer Care Delivery. Healthcare (Amst) 2014; 1:130-135. PubMed
  • Ban-Hoefen M, Vanderplas A, Crosby-Thompson AL, Abel GA, Czuczman MS, Gordon LI, Kaminski MS, Kelly J, Millenson M, Nademanee AP, Rodriguez MA, Zelenetz AD, Niland J, LaCasce AS, Friedberg JW. Transformed non-Hodgkin lymphoma in the rituximab era: analysis of the NCCN outcomes database. British Journal of Haematology 2013; 163:487-95. PubMed
  • Evens AM, Vanderplas A, LaCasce AS, Crosby AL, Nademanee AP, Kaminski MS, Abel GA, Millenson M, Czuczman MS, Rodriguez MA, Niland J, Zelenetz AD, Gordon LI, Friedberg JW. Stem cell transplantation for follicular lymphoma relapsed/refractory after prior rituximab: a comprehensive analysis from the NCCN lymphoma outcomes project. Cancer 2013; 119:3662-71. PubMed
  • Odejide OO, Cronin AM, DeAngelo DJ, Bernazzoli ZA, Jacobson JO, Rodig SJ, LaCasce AS, Mazeika TJ, Earles KD, Abel GA. Improving the quality of bone marrow assessment: Impact of operator techniques and use of a specimen preparation checklist. Cancer 2013; 119:3472-8. PubMed
  • Sherman AE, Motyckova G, Fega KR, Deangelo DJ, Abel GA, Steensma D, Wadleigh M, Stone RM, Driver JA. Geriatric assessment in older patients with acute myeloid leukemia: a retrospective study of associated treatment and outcomes. Leuk Res 2013; 37:998-1003. PubMed
  • Warren JL, Harlan LC, Stevens J, Little RF, Abel GA. Multiple myeloma treatment transformed: a population-based study of changes in initial management approaches in the United States. J Clin Oncol 2013; 31:1984-9. PubMed
  • Abel GA, Koreth J. Optimal positioning of hematopoietic stem cell transplantation for older patients with myelodysplastic syndromes. Curr Opin Hematol 2013; 20:150-6. PubMed
  • Abel GA, Chen K, Taback N, Hassett MJ, Schrag D, Weeks JC. Impact of oncology-related direct-to-consumer advertising: association with appropriate and inappropriate prescriptions. Cancer 2013; 119:1065-72. PubMed
  • Abou-Nassar KE, Vanderplas A, Friedberg JW, Abel GA, Niland J, Rodriguez MA, Czuczman MS, Millenson M, Crosby A, Gordon LI, Zelenetz AD, Kaminski M, Lacasce AS. Patterns of use of 18-fluoro-2-deoxy-D-glucose positron emission tomography for initial staging of grade 1-2 follicular lymphoma and its impact on initial treatment strategy in the National Comprehensive Cancer Network Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma Outcomes databa Leuk Lymphoma 2013. PubMed
  • Gray SW, Abel GA. Update on Direct-to-Consumer Marketing in Oncology. J Oncol Pract 2012; 8:124-7. PubMed
  • Friese CR, Earle CC, Magazu LS, Brown JR, Neville BA, Hevelone ND, Richardson LC, Abel GA. Timeliness and quality of diagnostic care for medicare recipients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia. Cancer 2011; 117:1470-7. PubMed
  • Abel GA. The real world: CLL. Blood 2011; 117:3481-2. PubMed
  • Friese CR, Earle CC, Magazu LS, Brown JR, Neville BA, Hevelone ND, Richardson LC, Abel GA. Timeliness and quality of diagnostic care for medicare recipients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia. Cancer 2010. PubMed
  • Abel GA, Bertrand KA, Earle CC, Laden F. Outcomes for lymphoid malignancies in the Nurses' Health Study (NHS) as compared to the Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results (SEER) Program. Hematol Oncol 2010; 28:133-6. PubMed
  • Abel GA, Van Bennekom CM, Stone RM, Anderson TE, Kaufman DW. Classification of the myelodysplastic syndrome in a national registry of recently diagnosed patients. Leuk Res 2010; 34:939-41. PubMed
  • Abel GA, Burstein HJ, Hevelone ND, Weeks JC. Cancer-related direct-to-consumer advertising: awareness, perceptions, and reported impact among patients undergoing active cancer treatment. J Clin Oncol 2009; 27:4182-7. PubMed
  • Friese CR,Abel GA,Magazu LS,Neville BA,Richardson LC,Earle CC. Diagnostic delay and complications for older adults with multiple myeloma. Leuk Lymphoma 2009; 50:392-400. PubMed
  • LaCasce AS,Kho ME,Friedberg JW,Niland JC,Abel GA,Rodriguez MA,Czuczman MS,Millenson MM,Zelenetz AD,Weeks JC. Comparison of referring and final pathology for patients with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in the National Comprehensive Cancer Network. J Clin Oncol 2008; 26:5107-12. PubMed
  • Abel GA,Friese CR,Magazu LS,Richardson LC,Fernandez ME,De Zengotita JJ,Earle CC. Delays in referral and diagnosis for chronic hematologic malignancies: a literature review. Leuk Lymphoma 2008; 49:1352-9. PubMed
  • Abel GA, Deangelo DJ, Connors JM, Sholl LM, McCaffrey RP, Longtine JA. Clinical JAK2V617F mutation testing: Limited utility for general hospital patients with venous and arterial thromboses in common locations. Am J Hematol 2008; 83:519-20. PubMed
  • Abel GA, Glinert LH. Chemotherapy as language: sound symbolism in cancer medication names. Soc Sci Med 2008; 66:1863-9. PubMed
  • Abel GA, Lee SJ, Weeks JC. Direct-to-consumer advertising in oncology: a content analysis of print media. J Clin Oncol 2007; 25:1267-71. PubMed
  • Abel GA, Penson RT, Joffe S, Schapira L, Chabner BA, Lynch TJ. Direct-to-consumer advertising in oncology. Oncologist 2006; 11:217-26. PubMed
  • Abel GA, Hays JT, Decker PA, Croghan GA, Kuter DJ, Rigotti NA. Effects of biochemically confirmed smoking cessation on white blood cell count. Mayo Clin Proc 2005; 80:1022-8. PubMed
  • Abel GA. Reporting enrollment in clinical trials. Ann Intern Med 2002; 137:1007-8; author reply 1007. PubMed
  • Sacco RL, Boden-Albala B, Abel G, Lin IF, Elkind M, Hauser WA, Paik MC, Shea S. Race-ethnic disparities in the impact of stroke risk factors: the northern Manhattan stroke study. Stroke 2001; 32:1725-31. PubMed
  • Abel GA, Chen X, Boden-Albala B, Sacco RL. Social readjustment and ischemic stroke: lack of an association in a multiethnic population. Neuroepidemiology 1998; 18:22-31. PubMed
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