Computer-Based Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment in Oncology for Individuals 70 or Older With Gastrointestinal Malignancies
Older individuals account for one-third of new cancer cases and cancer-related deaths in the United States. Older individuals are more susceptible to having a decrease in physical and mental function following chemotherapy treatment. Geriatric assessment may provide a way to identify those older individuals at greatest risk of functional decline before treatment starts and during the period of treatment. Geriatric assessment includes a set of screening questions and tests designed to determine the physical and mental status of the individual at a point in time. Geriatric assessment also includes review of medications and other medical conditions the individual may have that may affect function. The investigators are conducting this study to determine if older individuals are able to complete the geriatric assessment using a computer format and how that corresponds to their treating physician's assessment of their functional status before and after starting a new chemotherapy treatment for colon, rectal, breast or lung cancer. The investigators will also evaluate the usefulness of a computerized form of geriatric assessment.
|Study Design:||Observational Model: Case-Only
Time Perspective: Prospective
|Official Title:||Computer-Based Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment in Oncology for Individuals 70 or Older With Colorectal, Breast or Lung Cancer|
- To determine the feasibility and added clinical utility of a self-administered computer-based version of an abbreviated comprehensive geriatric assessment tool. [ Time Frame: 2 years ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
|Study Start Date:||March 2009|
|Study Completion Date:||October 2013|
|Primary Completion Date:||July 2011 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
- Participants will complete the geriatric assessment on the computer either at their home via the web (if they have internet access) or in the clinic at their next visit prior to seeing the doctor.
- All individuals will have a unique way to sign on to the computer program that protects the information so that only the participant and the research team will be able to view it. Individuals who require assistance to answer the questions will have help provided by a research assistant.
- We will ask participants to complete the geriatric assessment a second time at 4 months after they have enrolled on the study or 1 month after completing their chemotherapy treatment, whichever occurs first.
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT00973440
|United States, Massachusetts|
|Dana-Farber Cancer Institute|
|Boston, Massachusetts, United States, 02115|
|Principal Investigator:||Nadine J McCleary, MD, MPH||Dana-Farber Cancer Institute|