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Telephone-Based Cancer Education With or Without Telephone-Based Counseling in Young Participants

This study has been completed.
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Georgetown University Identifier:
First received: April 9, 2007
Last updated: May 16, 2017
Last verified: February 2017

RATIONALE: Telephone-based cancer education and counseling may help participants learn about ways of preventing cancer and choose a lifestyle that will help them stay healthy as they grow older.

PURPOSE: This randomized clinical trial is studying telephone-based cancer education and telephone-based counseling to see how well they work compared with telephone-based cancer education alone in young participants.

Condition Intervention
Unspecified Childhood Solid Tumor, Protocol Specific Other: counseling intervention Other: educational intervention

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Other
Official Title: A Telephone-Based Education and Prevention Intervention for Teens and Young Adults

Further study details as provided by Georgetown University:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Multiple risk factor index [ Time Frame: 6 months ]
  • Knowledge [ Time Frame: 6 months ]
  • Health history taking [ Time Frame: 3 months ]
  • Nutrition [ Time Frame: 6 months ]
  • Physical activity [ Time Frame: 6 months ]
  • Tobacco use intentions and behavior [ Time Frame: 6 months ]
  • Alcohol use intentions and behavior [ Time Frame: 6 months ]
  • Screening intentions [ Time Frame: 6 months ]
  • Self-efficacy [ Time Frame: 6 months ]
  • Perceived benefits [ Time Frame: 6 months ]
  • Perceived barriers [ Time Frame: 6 months ]

Enrollment: 104
Actual Study Start Date: October 2006
Study Completion Date: December 2010
Primary Completion Date: December 2009 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Intervention Details:
    Other: counseling intervention
    subjects will receive telephone based counseling
    Other: educational intervention
    subjects will received telephone based education
Detailed Description:



  • Compare the efficacy of telephone-based cancer education with vs without counseling in younger participants.


  • Determine the mechanisms by which education with counseling may impact cancer-relevant cognitive and behavioral outcomes.
  • Identify teens who may be most and least likely to benefit from education with counseling.

OUTLINE: This is a pilot, controlled, randomized study. Participants are stratified according to age (13-14 years vs 15 years vs 16 years vs 17 years vs 18-21 years), gender, race (white vs black vs other), and health status (chronic disease vs no chronic disease). Participants are randomized to 1 of 2 education arms.

  • Arm I: Participants undergo cancer education sessions via telephone over 45 minutes once a week for 8 weeks.
  • Arm II: Participants under cancer education sessions as in arm I and counseling techniques during the same telephone sessions.

In both arms, participants receive an intervention kit by mail before the first telephone call. The intervention kit includes age-appropriate self-help materials.

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


Ages Eligible for Study:   13 Years to 21 Years   (Child, Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes


  • No life-threatening illness (e.g., cancer)

    • Chronic illnesses (e.g., asthma, diabetes) allowed with permission by physician


  • No serious restrictions on physical activity, diet, or nutrition, including any of the following:

    • Untreated exercise-induced asthma
    • Orthopedic or neurological problems
    • Medical conditions affecting nutritional status, intestinal absorption, or response to nutritional intervention (e.g., inflammatory bowel disease)
  • No serious mental illness or developmental disability that would preclude study compliance, including eating disorders
  • Must adequately understand, speak, and read English


  • Not specified
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00459238

United States, District of Columbia
Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center at Georgetown University Medical Center
Washington, D.C., District of Columbia, United States, 20007
Sponsors and Collaborators
Georgetown University
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Study Chair: Kenneth Tercyak, PhD Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center
  More Information

Responsible Party: Georgetown University Identifier: NCT00459238     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: CDR0000538178
R03CA119686 ( U.S. NIH Grant/Contract )
P30CA051008 ( U.S. NIH Grant/Contract )
Study First Received: April 9, 2007
Last Updated: May 16, 2017

Keywords provided by Georgetown University:
unspecified childhood solid tumor, protocol specific processed this record on August 18, 2017