Using the Internet to Collect Symptoms and the Ability to Carry Out Daily Activities From Patients With Metastatic Prostate Cancer That Has Not Responded to Hormone Therapy

The recruitment status of this study is unknown because the information has not been verified recently.
Verified August 2011 by National Cancer Institute (NCI).
Recruitment status was  Active, not recruiting
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First received: December 27, 2006
Last updated: August 23, 2011
Last verified: August 2011

RATIONALE: A study that evaluates a patient's ability to use a clinic waiting room computer to report his symptoms and his ability to carry out daily activities may help doctors understand a patient's use of a computer to report symptoms.

PURPOSE: This clinical trial is studying how well using the internet to collect symptoms and the ability to carry out daily activities works in patients with metastatic prostate cancer that has not responded to hormone therapy.

Condition Intervention
Prostate Cancer
Other: internet-based intervention
Procedure: assessment of therapy complications

Study Type: Observational
Official Title: Collection of Patient-Reported Symptoms and Performance Status Via the Internet

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Further study details as provided by National Cancer Institute (NCI):

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Willingness of approached patients to participate in this study [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • Proportion of enrolled patients who submit an online questionnaire at any given follow-up visit [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • Proportion of total attended visits during the study period at which a questionnaire was completed (completers:visits) [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Comparison of patient-reported symptoms vs clinician-reported symptoms using symptom severity data collected at baseline [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • Comparison of the mean severity scores for patient vs clinician reporting at day 43 (when patients report before clinicians; clinicians view those reports) vs at day 22 (patients report symptoms after the clinical encounter) [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Estimated Enrollment: 300
Study Start Date: December 2006
Detailed Description:



  • Assess the feasibility of collecting symptom data directly from patients with hormone-refractory metastatic prostate cancer enrolled in a CALGB chemotherapy trial during clinic visits via waiting-area computers.


  • Assess, preliminarily, the level of agreement between patient and clinician symptom severity scoring, and measure whether their scores converge when clinicians are exposed to patient self-reports.

OUTLINE: This is a multicenter, pilot study.

Patients are registered into the Symptom Tracking and Reporting (STAR) database, obtain a password, undergo STAR training, and complete a patient-STAR questionnaire after seeing their clinician (baseline self-report) on day 1 of course 2* of chemotherapy.

Patients are reminded to complete online STAR questionnaire before seeing their clinician on day 1 of courses 3, 4, 5, and 6* of chemotherapy. Clinicians review these patient reports before creating their own assessment. Patients also complete a patient feedback survey on day 1 of course 4* of chemotherapy.

Clinicians complete feedback survey at study completion.

NOTE: *All time points are based on scheduled therapy with clinical trial CALGB-90401, CALGB-30607, CALGB-30704, CALGB-40601, CALGB-40603, CALGB-40502, CALGB-70604, CALGB-80405, or CALGB-40503.

PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A total of 300 patients will be accrued for this study.


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older
Genders Eligible for Study:   Male
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No


  • Diagnosis of hormone-refractory, metastatic adenocarcinoma of the prostate
  • Enrolled on clinical trial CALGB-90401, CALGB-30607, CALGB-30704, CALGB-40601, CALGB-40603, CALGB-40502, CALGB-40503, CALGB-70604, or CALGB-80405


  • Able to read and comprehend English language text
  • Able to see a computer screen (i.e., no visual impairments) or be accompanied at visits by someone who can read the screen for the patient


  • See Disease Characteristics
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00417040

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Sponsors and Collaborators
Cancer and Leukemia Group B
Study Chair: Ethan Basch, MD Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
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Additional Information:
No publications provided Identifier: NCT00417040     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: CDR0000521898, CALGB-70501
Study First Received: December 27, 2006
Last Updated: August 23, 2011
Health Authority: United States: Federal Government

Keywords provided by National Cancer Institute (NCI):
adenocarcinoma of the prostate
recurrent prostate cancer
stage IV prostate cancer

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Prostatic Neoplasms
Genital Diseases, Male
Genital Neoplasms, Male
Neoplasms by Site
Prostatic Diseases
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