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Psychosocial Treatment for Improving Chances of Survival in Women With Breast Cancer

This study has been completed.
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
David Spiegel, Stanford University Identifier:
First received: September 12, 2005
Last updated: December 2, 2013
Last verified: December 2013
This study will investigate the influence of psychosocial treatment on psychological outcomes and survival among women with metastatic or recurrent breast cancer.

Condition Intervention
Stage IIIB, IV, Recurrent, and Metastatic Breast Cancer
Behavioral: Supportive-Expressive Group Therapy plus education
Behavioral: Education

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Psychosocial Treatment Effects on Cancer Survival

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Further study details as provided by David Spiegel, Stanford University:

Enrollment: 125
Study Completion Date: July 2005
Detailed Description:
The objective of this study is to investigate the influence of psychosocial treatment on psychological outcomes and survival among women with metastatic/recurrent breast cancer.

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

Inclusion Criteria:

Women were eligible for the study if they had documented metastatic or recurrent breast cancer, were proficient enough in English to be able to complete questionnaires and participate in a support group, were living in the Greater San Francisco Bay Area, and had a Karnofsky score of at least 70%.19 Exclusion Criteria:

Women were excluded if they had any of the following risk factors: positive supraclavicular lymph nodes as the only metastatic lesion at the time of initial diagnosis; active non-breast cancers within the past 10 years; or other concurrent medical conditions likely to influence short-term survival. Basal cell or squamous cell carcinomas of the skin, in situ cancer of the cervix, or melanoma with a Breslow depth less than 0.76 mm were allowed.

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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00226928

Sponsors and Collaborators
Stanford University
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
Principal Investigator: David Spiegel, M.D. Stanford University
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Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number):
Responsible Party: David Spiegel, Jack, Lulu & Sam Willson Professor, Stanford University Identifier: NCT00226928     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: R01MH047226 ( US NIH Grant/Contract Award Number )
Study First Received: September 12, 2005
Last Updated: December 2, 2013

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Breast Neoplasms
Neoplasms by Site
Breast Diseases
Skin Diseases processed this record on May 25, 2017