Try our beta test site
IMPORTANT: Listing of a study on this site does not reflect endorsement by the National Institutes of Health. Talk with a trusted healthcare professional before volunteering for a study. Read more...

Standard Follow-up Compared With Extended Follow-up in Treating Patients Who Have Undergone Stem Cell Transplantation for Cancer

This study has been completed.
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Information provided by:
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Identifier:
First received: November 12, 2002
Last updated: September 17, 2010
Last verified: September 2010

RATIONALE: Telephone counseling by trained counselors may enhance the well-being and quality of life of patients who have undergone stem cell transplantation for cancer.

PURPOSE: Randomized clinical trial to compare the effectiveness of standard follow-up care with extended follow-up care in treating patients who have undergone stem cell transplantation for cancer.

Condition Intervention
Procedure: fatigue assessment and management
Procedure: management of therapy complications
Procedure: psychosocial assessment and care

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Primary Purpose: Supportive Care
Official Title: Multi-Site Randomized Clinical Trial Comparing Standard Recovery Preparation to Extended Recovery Preparation to Enhance Long Term Function After Marrow or Stem Cell Transplant

Resource links provided by NLM:

Further study details as provided by Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center:

Study Start Date: August 1998
Primary Completion Date: February 2005 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Detailed Description:


  • Compare the recovery course of patients with malignancies who undergo standard vs extended recovery preparation after hematopoietic stem cell transplantation.
  • Compare the efficacy of these recovery preparations in managing rehabilitation needs, including reduced stamina and cognitive limitations, of these patients.
  • Compare the ability of these recovery preparations to assist patients and caregivers in adjusting to unavoidable fluctuations in caregiver roles and emotions.
  • Compare the ability of these recovery preparations to assist female patients in managing menopausal symptoms and sexual function changes.

OUTLINE: This is a randomized, multicenter study. Patients are stratified according to gender, type of transplantation (allogeneic vs autologous), ethnicity (Caucasian vs non-Caucasian), total body irradiation (yes vs no), and participating center. Patients are randomized to 1 of 2 supportive care arms.

Patients complete 1 baseline assessment prior to transplant and a second assessment after the transplant, approximately 1 week before returning home.

  • Arm I (Standard Recovery Preparation): Patients and caregivers receive standard preparation prior to discharge, a booklet of stem cell transplant-related resources and contact information, and the National Cancer Institute-produced publication entitled "Facing Forward".
  • Arm II (Recovery Preparation Intervention): Patients and caregivers receive standard preparation and resource materials as in arm I. Women also receive 10 scheduled telephone appointment sessions, lasting 1 hour each, over the first year after returning home. Men receive 9 scheduled telephone appointment sessions in the same manner as the women. The first 5-6 sessions have a specific topic with a corresponding video. The last 4 calls are booster calls to answer questions, identify new problems, and provide support. Patients with acute problems or problems that cannot be handled through regular sessions are referred to the interdisciplinary recovery triage team. Problems addressed by this team include depression, agitation, cognitive change, fatigue, family disruptions, sexuality, and gynecologic or menopausal difficulties.

Patients are followed at 1 and 2 years.

PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A total of 412 patients and their caregivers (385 patients randomized) will be accrued for this study within 4 years.


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No


  • Diagnosis of a malignancy
  • Planned bone marrow, stem cell, or umbilical cord transplantation after a myeloablative conditioning regimen

    • Must have completed radiotherapy and conditioning chemotherapy
    • Must be first stem cell transplantation
    • Must recover sufficiently, physically and cognitively, to be ambulatory and able to live at home
  • Must be planning to live with primary caregiver for at least 3 months upon return home
  • No refractory breast cancer requiring treatment on a phase I protocol



  • 18 and over

Performance status

  • Not specified

Life expectancy

  • Not specified


  • Not specified


  • Not specified


  • Not specified


  • Must be able to read, write, and communicate well by phone in English
  • Must not be deaf or blind
  • Must live in the United States
  • Must not be too ill or in too much pain
  • No major psychiatric disorders not in remission
  • No prisoners
  • No prior major alcohol or drug abuse
  • No major cognitive problems
  • No other concurrent confounding major illness


Biologic therapy

  • See Disease Characteristics


  • See Disease Characteristics

Endocrine therapy

  • Not specified


  • See Disease Characteristics


  • Not specified
  Contacts and Locations
Choosing to participate in a study is an important personal decision. Talk with your doctor and family members or friends about deciding to join a study. To learn more about this study, you or your doctor may contact the study research staff using the Contacts provided below. For general information, see Learn About Clinical Studies.

Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00049465

United States, California
Stanford University Medical Center
Stanford, California, United States, 94305-5623
United States, Colorado
AMC Cancer Research Center
Denver, Colorado, United States, 80214
Rocky Mountain Cancer Centers
Denver, Colorado, United States, 80218
United States, Florida
Shands Hospital and Clinics, University of Florida
Gainesville, Florida, United States, 32610-100277
United States, Michigan
University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center
Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States, 48109-0914
Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute
Detroit, Michigan, United States, 48201-1379
United States, North Carolina
Comprehensive Cancer Center at Wake Forest University
Winston-Salem, North Carolina, United States, 27157-1082
United States, Utah
Huntsman Cancer Institute
Salt Lake City, Utah, United States, 84132
United States, Washington
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Seattle, Washington, United States, 98109-1024
Sponsors and Collaborators
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Study Chair: Karen Syrjala, MD Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
  More Information Identifier: NCT00049465     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 1430.00
CDR0000258109 ( Registry Identifier: PDQ )
Study First Received: November 12, 2002
Last Updated: September 17, 2010

Keywords provided by Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center:
menopausal symptoms
transitional care planning
psychosocial effects of cancer and its treatment
accelerated phase chronic myelogenous leukemia
chronic idiopathic myelofibrosis
blastic phase chronic myelogenous leukemia
chronic phase chronic myelogenous leukemia
de novo myelodysplastic syndromes
disseminated neuroblastoma
meningeal chronic myelogenous leukemia
noncontiguous stage II adult diffuse large cell lymphoma
noncontiguous stage II adult diffuse mixed cell lymphoma
noncontiguous stage II adult diffuse small cleaved cell lymphoma
noncontiguous stage II adult Burkitt lymphoma
noncontiguous stage II adult immunoblastic large cell lymphoma
noncontiguous stage II adult lymphoblastic lymphoma
noncontiguous stage II grade 1 follicular lymphoma
noncontiguous stage II grade 2 follicular lymphoma
noncontiguous stage II grade 3 follicular lymphoma
noncontiguous stage II mantle cell lymphoma
ovarian choriocarcinoma
ovarian embryonal carcinoma
ovarian yolk sac tumor
ovarian immature teratoma
ovarian mature teratoma
ovarian monodermal and highly specialized teratoma
ovarian polyembryoma
ovarian mixed germ cell tumor processed this record on May 24, 2017