This method stops a dose-finding trial when sufficient probabilistic confidence is reached that the rate of toxicity at a dose exceeds some threshold. In other words, it stops when it is likely that a dose is too toxic. It can stop when the rule is triggered at the recommended dose, at a particular dose, or at any dose. See Details.
stop_when_too_toxic(parent_selector_factory, dose, tox_threshold, confidence)
Object of type
We are interested in toxicity probabilities greater than this threshold.
Stop when there is this much total probability mass supporting that the toxicity rate exceeds the threshold.
an object of type
selector_factory that can fit a
dose-finding model to outcomes.
The method for calculating probability mass for toxicity rates will
ultimately be determined by the dose-finding model used and the attendant
inferential mechanism. For instance, the
crm function in
the dfcrm package calculates the posterior expected mean and variance of the
slope parameter in a CRM model. It does not use MCMC to draw samples from the
posterior distribution. Thus, to perform inference on the posterior
probability of toxicity, this package assumes the dfcrm slope parameter
follows a normal distribution with the mean and variance calculated by dfcrm.
In contrast, the
stan_crm function in the
package needs no such assumption because it samples from the posterior
parameter distribution and uses those samples to infer on the posterior
probability of toxicity at each dose, dependent on the chosen model for the
skeleton <- c(0.05, 0.1, 0.25, 0.4, 0.6) target <- 0.25 # We compare a CRM model without a toxicity stopping rule to one with it: model1 <- get_dfcrm(skeleton = skeleton, target = target) model2 <- get_dfcrm(skeleton = skeleton, target = target) %>% stop_when_too_toxic(dose = 'any', tox_threshold = 0.5, confidence = 0.7) outcomes <- '1NNN 2NNN 3NNT 3NNN 3TNT 2NNN' fit1 <- model1 %>% fit(outcomes) fit2 <- model2 %>% fit(outcomes) # Naturally the first does not advocate stopping: fit1 %>% recommended_dose()#>  3fit1 %>% continue()#>  TRUE# However, after the material toxicity at dose 3, ithe rule is fired: fit2 %>% recommended_dose()#>  3fit2 %>% continue()#>  FALSE# To verify the requirement to stop, let's calculate the probability that the # toxicity rate exceeds 50% fit2 %>% prob_tox_exceeds(0.5)#>  4.393912e-07 2.464851e-05 8.098000e-03 1.458586e-01 8.025805e-01