Spousal Support in Head and Neck Cancer

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Recruitment Status : Active, not recruiting
First Posted : January 16, 2009
Last Update Posted : July 11, 2017
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
M.D. Anderson Cancer Center

Brief Summary:
The goal of this research study is to look at social and relationship factors that may affect the quality of life of patients with head and neck cancer and their spouses.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment
Head And Neck Cancer Behavioral: Questionnaires & Study Visit

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Study Type : Observational
Actual Enrollment : 361 participants
Observational Model: Cohort
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: Spousal Support, Emotional Disclosure, and Adjustment to Head and Neck Cancer
Actual Study Start Date : December 8, 2008
Estimated Primary Completion Date : December 2018
Estimated Study Completion Date : December 2018

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Group/Cohort Intervention/treatment
Spousal Support
Questionnaire for Head and Neck Cancer Patients + Spouses
Behavioral: Questionnaires & Study Visit
Individual Questionnaires (1 hour) and videotaped discussion during Study Visit (1 1/4 hours)
Other Name: Survey

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Social + Relationship Factors Affecting QOL of HNC Patients & Spouses [ Time Frame: 12 Months ]

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Sampling Method:   Probability Sample
Study Population
Head and neck cancer patients who will be starting radiation therapy and their spouses.

Inclusion Criteria:

  1. Part 2. Patient is initiating radiation therapy for newly diagnosed head and neck cancer
  2. Part 2. Patient has an Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group performance status score of 2 or less
  3. Part 2. Patient has a spouse or significant other with whom he/she resides
  4. Part 2. Patient is able to vocalize well enough to complete the spousal interaction task
  5. Parts 1 and 2. Patient and spouse are able to read and speak English
  6. Parts 1 and 2. Patient and spouse are able to provide informed consent
  7. Parts 1 and 2. Patient and spouse are at least 18 years of age
  8. Part 1. Individual is a patient who was diagnosed with head and neck cancer or the spouse or partner of an patient who was diagnosed with head and neck cancer and resides with the patient.

Exclusion Criteria:

1) None

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00824252

United States, Texas
University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Houston, Texas, United States, 77030
Sponsors and Collaborators
M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Principal Investigator: Kathrin Milbury, PHD, MA M.D. Anderson Cancer Center

Additional Information:
Responsible Party: M.D. Anderson Cancer Center Identifier: NCT00824252     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 2008-0188
K07CA124668 ( U.S. NIH Grant/Contract )
First Posted: January 16, 2009    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: July 11, 2017
Last Verified: July 2017

Keywords provided by M.D. Anderson Cancer Center:
Head And Neck Cancer
Radiation Therapy
Spousal Support
Emotional Disclosure
Social Constraints
Videotaped Interview
Quality of Life

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Head and Neck Neoplasms
Neoplasms by Site