A Multimodal Intervention Program to Improve Sexual Health and Self-perceived Quality of Life in Patients Treated for Cervical Cancer (PROVIDENCE)

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Hospital Clinic of Barcelona

Status and phase

Not yet enrolling
Phase 4

Conditions

Quality of Life
Sexual Dysfunction
Cervical Cancer

Treatments

Combination Product: Multimodal intervention on sexual dysfunction and quality-of-life

Study type

Interventional

Funder types

Other

Identifiers

NCT06031493
PROVIDENCE

Details and patient eligibility

About

The PROVIDENCE Trial aims to explore the improvement of sexual health and self-perceived health related quality of life (measured by Patient Reported Outcome Measures) through a multimodal intervention that includes patient education on healthy habits and the prevention of vaginal dysfunction using vaginal moisturizers and topical estrogens. To achieve this, a randomized design is proposed to assess sexual health and quality of life in patients treated for cervical cancer who undergo this intervention compared to those who receive standard care.

Full description

Cervical cancer treatment, both radical hysterectomy and chemoradiotherapy, can impair all scopes of daily life and, beyond the physical changes caused by treatment, has psychological and social implications that influence health-related quality of life (HR-QoL). Patients undergoing treatment for cervical cancer have shown to score less in HR-QoL scales compared to healthy women. More than half of women with gynecological cancer experience sexual dysfunction, especially those affected by cervical cancer. In spite of the latest 2023 ESGO/ESTRO/ESP recommendations on the management of cervical cancer, several observational studies indicate that the percentage of cervical cancer patients receiving information and treatment for early menopause and sexual dysfunction, especially regarding hormone replacement therapy, does not exceed 50%. The PROVIDENCE trial is a multi-institutional, national, randomized clinical trial which aims to demonstrate that a multimodal intervention including patient education on sexuality and healthy habits and the prevention of vaginal dysfunction reduces sexual disfunction and HR-QoL impairment in patients treated for cervical cancer. The recruitment period is scheduled from January 2024 to December 2026 and will be held in Gynecology Oncology Units of referral hospitals in Spain. Patients will be randomized 1:1 at diagnosis of cervical cancer to control arm or intervention arm. After treatment for initial or locally advanced cervical cancer, patients in the control arm will undergo the standard follow-up and treatment of post-treatment morbidity will be performed following the standard procedures as determined by their referring physician. The proposed multimodal intervention for patients assigned to the intervention group (detailed below) includes education on healthy habits, the prevention of vaginal dysfunction using vaginal moisturizers and topical estrogens, and a systematic evaluation of the need of hormone replacement therapy.

Enrollment

122 estimated patients

Sex

Female

Ages

18+ years old

Volunteers

No Healthy Volunteers

Inclusion criteria

  • Women older that 18 years, with initial or locally advanced primary cervical cancer
  • Squamous, adenocarcinoma or adenosquamous histology
  • Stage I-III cervical cancer treated with surgery and/or radiotherapy ± systemic treatment in - Gynecology Oncology Units of referral hospitals in Spain
  • Signed informed consent by the patient or legal guardian

Exclusion criteria

  • Women younger tan 18 years
  • Pregnancy or breastfeeding
  • Patients with intraepithelial lesions of cervix uteri without invasive disease
  • Metastatic tumor in the cervix uteri or primary tumor with atypical histology
  • Inability to complete the questionnaires included in the study protocol
  • Contraindications for the use of topical vaginal estrogens
  • Patients undergoing fertility-preservation treatment (conization or trachelectomy)
  • Patients undergoing palliative treatment

Trial design

122 participants in 2 patient groups

Multimodal Intervention Group
Experimental group
Description:
Multimodal Intervention on sexual dysfunction and quality-of-life after treatment for cervical cancer: application of topical vaginal estrogens, systematic evaluation of the need of systemic hormone replacement therapy (and treatment if needed), application of hormone-free vaginal-vulvar moisturizing cream containing hyaluronic acid, use of a vaginal vibrator twice a week for 5 to 10 minutes each time with the help of intimate lubricant, access to online informational content about sexuality, access to online informational content about nutrition, access to online informational content about sports, access to online informational content about lifestyle habits
Treatment:
Combination Product: Multimodal intervention on sexual dysfunction and quality-of-life
Standard Care Group
No Intervention group
Description:
Standard follow-up in Gynecological Oncology Units of participating centers after treatment for cervical cancer

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Central trial contact

Blanca Gil-Ibáñez, MD, PhD; Berta Díaz-Feijoo, MD, PhD

Data sourced from clinicaltrials.gov

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