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Telephone-Based Genetic Counseling or Standard Genetic Counseling in Women at Risk of Carrying the BRCA1 or BRCA2 Mutation

This study is ongoing, but not recruiting participants.
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Georgetown University Identifier:
First received: February 6, 2006
Last updated: April 6, 2016
Last verified: April 2016

RATIONALE: Genetic counseling may work as well over the telephone as it does in-person. It is not yet known whether genetic counseling by telephone is more effective than standard (in-person) genetic counseling in women at risk of carrying the BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutation.

PURPOSE: This randomized phase III trial is studying telephone-based genetic counseling to see how well it works compared to standard (in-person) genetic counseling in women at risk of carrying the BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutation.

Condition Intervention Phase
Breast Cancer
Genetic: mutation analysis
Other: counseling intervention
Phase 3

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Official Title: Telephone-Based Genetic Counseling; An Equivalence Trial

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Further study details as provided by Georgetown University:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Uptake of BRCA1/BRCA2 mutation testing as measured by genetic test results at 3 and 6 months [ Time Frame: 6 months ]
  • Knowledge assessed by genetic testing knowledge measure at post-counseling and 3 months [ Time Frame: 3 months ]
  • Decision making as assessed by Decisional Conflict Satisfaction at post-counseling and 3 months [ Time Frame: 3 months ]
  • Quality of life as assessed by SF-12 health survey at 3 and 6 months [ Time Frame: 6 months ]
  • Distress as assessed by Impact of Events Scale Brief Symptom Inventory MICRA at 3 and 6 months [ Time Frame: 6 months ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Costs by cost measurement post-counseling [ Time Frame: 6 months ]
  • Management behaviors as assessed by utilization of management options (e.g., mammography, surgery, and chemoprevention) at 6 and 12 months [ Time Frame: 12 months ]

Estimated Enrollment: 600
Study Start Date: May 2005
Estimated Study Completion Date: December 2016
Estimated Primary Completion Date: December 2016 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: mutation analysis and counseling intervention
blood specimens will be collected for mutation analysis and subjects will receive genetic counseling
Genetic: mutation analysis
Blood specimen will be analyzed for gene mutations
Other: counseling intervention
subjects will receive genetic counseling

Detailed Description:



  • Compare the impact of telephone genetic counseling (TGC) versus standard genetic counseling (SGC) on utilization of BRCA1/BRCA2 testing in women at risk of carrying the BRCA1/BRCA2 mutation.
  • Compare the relative efficacy of TGC versus SGC on satisfaction with the counseling process, informed decision making, psychosocial distress, and quality of life.


  • Identify participant characteristics that predict differential response to TGC.
  • Explore the mechanisms by which TGC or SGC impact distress and quality of life.

OUTLINE: This is a randomized, multicenter study. Participants are stratified according to participating site. Participants are randomized to 1 of 2 groups.

  • Group 1 (standard genetic counseling): Participants undergo an in-person genetic counseling session. Participants are then given the option of providing blood for genetic testing at the study site. Participants who choose to undergo genetic testing receive their results in-person from their genetic counselor.
  • Group 2 (telephone-based genetic counseling): Participants undergo a telephone-based genetic counseling session. Participants who choose to undergo genetic testing receive a pre-labeled blood kit in the mail. Participants receive their results over the phone from their genetic counselor.

After completion of genetic counseling, all participants are followed periodically for 1 year.

PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A total of 600 participants will be accrued for this study.


Ages Eligible for Study:   21 Years to 85 Years   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   Female
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No


  • Must have at least 10% chance of carrying the BRCA1/BRCA2 gene, as defined by ≥ 1 of the following:

    • First-degree relative of affected family member with a 50% chance of inheriting a BRCA1/BRCA2 mutation
    • Second-degree relative with BRCA1/BRCA2 mutation with 25% risk of inheritance (parent deceased)
    • Obligate gene carrier or affected woman
  • Must live within 100 miles of the Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • No more than 4 weeks since breast or ovarian cancer diagnosis
  • No metastatic or inflammatory breast cancer or ovarian cancer
  • No stage III breast or ovarian cancer while undergoing concurrent chemotherapy


  • No psychiatric illness or cognitive disorder that would preclude informed consent


  • No prior genetic counseling or testing for BRCA1 and/or BRCA2
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00287898

United States, District of Columbia
Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center at Georgetown University Medical Center
Washington, District of Columbia, United States, 20007
United States, Massachusetts
Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Boston, Massachusetts, United States, 02115-6084
United States, New York
Mount Sinai School of Medicine
New York, New York, United States, 10029
United States, Vermont
Vermont Cancer Center at University of Vermont
Burlington, Vermont, United States, 05405-0110
Sponsors and Collaborators
Georgetown University
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Study Chair: Marc Schwartz, PhD Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center
  More Information

Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number):
Responsible Party: Georgetown University Identifier: NCT00287898     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: CDR0000450959
R01CA082346 ( US NIH Grant/Contract Award Number )
R01CA108933 ( US NIH Grant/Contract Award Number )
P30CA051008 ( US NIH Grant/Contract Award Number )
Study First Received: February 6, 2006
Last Updated: April 6, 2016

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