Fatigue Intervention Trial for Breast Cancer Survivors
Thirty to forty percent of breast cancer survivors suffer from persistent fatigue lingering months to years after adjuvant therapy is completed. Although researchers have developed some effective interventions (exercise or group-based holistic program) to treat fatigue, none have addressed the role of the family in the patient's long-term recovery.
The investigators hypothesize that a family-focused intervention in combination with a mind-body group intervention will be more effective in reducing fatigue, improving quality of life, and enhancing family relationships for breast cancer survivors than a group intervention with an individual focus.
|Fatigue||Behavioral: Group based mind body medicine intervention Behavioral: Group-based mind body medicine intervention + family focus||Phase 3|
|Study Design:||Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
|Official Title:||A Randomized Trial to Evaluate a Family-focused Mind Body Medicine Intervention to Reduce Fatigue Among Breast Cancer Survivors|
- Fatigue [ Time Frame: Change from baseline to end-of-intervention and 2 and 6 months post-intervention ]
- Quality of Life; Mood; Social Support [ Time Frame: Change from baseline to end-of-intervention and 2 and 6 months post intervention ]
|Study Start Date:||May 2007|
|Study Completion Date:||February 2009|
|Primary Completion Date:||February 2009 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
Active Comparator: I
10 week group-based mind body medicine intervention
Behavioral: Group based mind body medicine intervention
Small groups of women (5-15) will participate in 10 weekly sessions that will include learning relaxation and yoga techniques, principles of exercise and nutrition, cognitive behavioral therapy and exploration of common issues and concerns
Group-based mind body medicine intervention with a family focus
Behavioral: Group-based mind body medicine intervention + family focus
In addition to the 10 weekly group-based sessions, women and their key family members will meet twice with a cognitive therapist and family members will participate in selected aspects of the 10 week program.
We propose to address the persistent fatigue experienced by brest cancer survivors by using a 10 week group-based mind body medicine intervention that includes the family in the process. We believe that this family-centered approach can facilitate better communication, create shared illness experience and relieve conflict. Reducing this pervasive source of stress will not only reduce the survivor's fatigue, but also foster an opposite family dynamic with positive effects in many other aspects of post-treatment recovery. We will compare the effectiveness of a 10 week group intervention to a 10 week group intervention that includes a family focus.
Breast cancer survivors with moderate to severe fatigue will be randomly assigned to one of the two groups and we will measure change in fatigue, quality of life, mood and social support from baseline to end-of-program and then two and six months after program completion.
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT00513136
|United States, Maryland|
|Mercy Medical Center|
|Baltimore, Maryland, United States, 21093|
|Principal Investigator:||Kathy J Helzlsouer, MD, MHS||Mercy Medical Center|
|Principal Investigator:||Julianne Oktay, PhD, MSW||University of Maryland School of Social Work|