Stress Management for Cancer Survivors

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Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU)

Status

Completed

Conditions

Cancer Survivors

Treatments

Behavioral: Expressive writing
Behavioral: Everyday experiences writing

Study type

Interventional

Funder types

Other

Identifiers

NCT01888523
MCC-14971

Details and patient eligibility

About

Determine the efficacy of a brief and inexpensive psychosocial intervention, (called expressive writing) in improving health outcomes for cancer survivors.

Full description

This study aims to evaluate a computer-based stress-management therapy called expressive writing. This involves logging in to an online survey and writing in the survey about your thoughts and feelings about your cancer or to type in your everyday experiences. This requires 20-30 minutes of writing a day for 4 consecutive days. You will also provide saliva samples.

Enrollment

40 patients

Sex

All

Ages

21+ years old

Volunteers

No Healthy Volunteers

Inclusion criteria

  • have completed their cancer radiation treatment (intent to cure),
  • are cancer free, i.e. do not have currently have a diagnosis of primary/secondary cancer or any recurrence/relapse of cancer,
  • are in the re-entry phase of cancer survivorship, i.e. 2-12 months post-treatment completion,
  • have access to a computer and internet in a private setting, e.g. at home,
  • are fluent in English,
  • are able to provide informed consent.

Exclusion criteria

  • patients scheduled to undergo any type of cancer treatment (intent to cure/palliative) in the future (e.g. surgery after completing radiation),
  • patients on any kind of corticosteroid medication (e.g. long-term prednisone therapy),
  • patients having any condition that affects function of the adrenal glands (e.g. adrenal hyperplasia),
  • patients with limited ability to produce saliva, e.g. patients that received radiation (or surgery) on the face region or on salivary glands; or patient's suffering from dry mouth (e.g. Sjögren's syndrome),
  • patient's suffering from inflammation of the oral cavity (e.g. gingivitis).

Trial design

Primary purpose

Supportive Care

Allocation

Randomized

Interventional model

Parallel Assignment

Masking

Single Blind

40 participants in 2 patient groups

Everyday experiences writing
Experimental group
Description:
Involves logging in to an online survey and writing in the survey about your everyday experiences. This requires 20-30 minutes of writing a day for 4 consecutive days. You will also provide saliva samples.
Treatment:
Behavioral: Everyday experiences writing
Expressive writing
Experimental group
Description:
Involves logging in to an online survey and writing in the survey about your thoughts and feelings about your cancer. This requires 20-30 minutes of writing a day for 4 consecutive days. You will also provide saliva samples.
Treatment:
Behavioral: Expressive writing

Trial contacts and locations

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