Stress Reduction Program in Patients With Malignant Brain Tumors and Their Family Caregivers
RATIONALE: Yoga, meditation, and breathing exercises may help lower stress and improve quality of life in patients with malignant brain tumors and their family caregivers.
PURPOSE: This clinical trial is studying how well a stress reduction program works to improve the quality of life of patients with malignant brain tumors and their family caregivers.
|Brain and Central Nervous System Tumors Psychosocial Effects of Cancer and Its Treatment||Behavioral: exercise intervention Other: educational intervention Other: physiologic testing Other: management of therapy complications Behavioral: mind-body intervention procedure Procedure: Measurement of stress-related hormones|
|Study Design:||Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Supportive Care
|Official Title:||Evaluation of a Stress Reduction Program in Patients With Malignant Brain Tumors and Their Family Caregivers|
- Quality of life as measured by the European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer Quality of Life Questionnaire-Core 30 Items (EORTC QLQ-C30) and Brain Cancer Module-20 [ Time Frame: 12 months ]
- Decrease in perception of stress and anxiety in patients and their primary family caregivers as measured by the Perceived Stress Scale and Beck Anxiety Inventory questionnaires [ Time Frame: 12 months ]
- Decrease in stress- and inflammation-related hormones in patients and their primary family caregivers as measured by saliva samples [ Time Frame: 12 months ]
|Study Start Date:||June 2006|
|Study Completion Date:||April 2008|
|Primary Completion Date:||April 2008 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
Behavioral: exercise intervention
- Determine whether regular practice of a stress reduction program for 8 weeks improves the quality of life of patients with malignant brain tumors.
- Determine whether regular practice of a stress reduction routine decreases perception of stress and anxiety and stress- and inflammation-related hormones in both patients with malignant brain tumors and their primary family caregivers.
OUTLINE: This is a pilot study.
Patients and caregivers receive a 90-minute stress-reduction session once a week for 8 weeks. Each session comprises an educational session on stress reduction and yoga therapy comprising specific yoga postures, breathing exercises, and relaxation and meditation.
Quality of life, stress, anxiety, and levels of stress-related hormones (cortisol, dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate [DHEAS], and melatonin) are assessed at baseline and at week 8.
After completion of study treatment, patients and caregivers are followed at 6 and 12 months.
PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A total of 14 caregiver/patient pairs will be accrued for this study.
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT00376818
|United States, Ohio|
|Cleveland Clinic Taussig Cancer Center|
|Cleveland, Ohio, United States, 44195|
|Principal Investigator:||Glen H. J. Stevens, DO, PhD||The Cleveland Clinic|