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Outpatient Health Care Program for Older Patients Receiving Chemotherapy for Newly Diagnosed Breast Cancer or Colon Cancer

This study has been withdrawn prior to enrollment.
(No accrual)
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Information provided by:
Case Comprehensive Cancer Center Identifier:
First received: March 31, 2009
Last updated: March 17, 2015
Last verified: March 2015

RATIONALE: Gathering health information from older patients undergoing chemotherapy may help doctors plan better treatment and improve the quality of life for these patients.

PURPOSE: This randomized clinical trial is studying how well an outpatient health care program works for older patients receiving chemotherapy for newly diagnosed breast cancer or colon cancer.

Condition Intervention
Breast Cancer
Cognitive/Functional Effects
Colorectal Cancer
Psychosocial Effects of Cancer and Its Treatment
Drug: chemotherapy
Other: medical chart review
Other: questionnaire administration
Procedure: adjuvant therapy
Procedure: assessment of therapy complications
Procedure: cognitive assessment
Procedure: psychosocial assessment and care
Procedure: quality-of-life assessment

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Case Control
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: A Randomized Controlled Trial of Outpatient Geriatric Evaluation and Management Among Older Patients With Breast and Colon Cancer

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Further study details as provided by Case Comprehensive Cancer Center:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Chemotherapy tolerability as measured by dose reduction, treatment delay, and incidence of grade 3-5 toxicities

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Mean change in comprehensive geriatric assessment scores and quality-of-life scores from baseline to post-chemotherapy and from baseline to 12 months following randomization
  • Number of emergency room visits, acute hospitalizations, and associated Medicare costs within the first 12 months following randomization
  • 3-year disease-free survival

Enrollment: 0
Study Start Date: October 2007
Detailed Description:



  • Determine the effect of a 1-year geriatric evaluation and management (GEM) program on adherence to adjuvant chemotherapy (defined as tolerance and timely completion of planned dose) in patients with newly diagnosed breast or colon cancer.


  • Evaluate the effect of a 1-year GEM program on the health-related quality of life and functional, cognitive, and mental status of these patients.
  • Evaluate the effect of a 1-year GEM program on 3-year disease-free survival of these patients.
  • Compare the number of emergency room visits, acute hospitalizations, and associated Medicare costs within the first 12 months following randomization to a GEM program vs no program.

OUTLINE: Patients are stratified according to tumor site (breast vs colon). Patients are randomized to 1 of 2 arms.

  • Arm I (intervention): Patients complete health-related quality-of-life (QOL) and comprehensive geriatric assessment questionnaires at baseline, within 30 days after chemotherapy or at 6 months, and then at 12-13 months to assess functional status (i.e., activities of daily living), comorbidity (i.e., medical problems), medications, mood and memory, nutrition, and social support from family members and friends. Patients receive a home visit from a social worker and visit the Senior Adult Oncology clinic within 1 month after the first course of chemotherapy. The clinic staff develops an individualized care plan for the patient and communicates the results of the assessment questionnaires and their recommendations (e.g., medication and/or specialty referrals) to the patient's primary care provider and oncologist. The staff meets weekly to monitor and update the patient care plan. Patients are followed in the Senior Adult Oncology clinic at least every 3 months for 1 year. Follow-up telephone calls and in-home visits are also conducted as needed. Patients are also assessed prior to each course of chemotherapy for toxicities related to the chemotherapy.
  • Arm II (control): Patients complete a health-related QOL questionnaire at baseline, within 30 days after chemotherapy or at 6 months, and then at 12-13 months. Patients receive oncology and primary care by their usual health care providers.

After completion of the study intervention, patients' medical charts are reviewed periodically for up to 2 years.


Ages Eligible for Study:   65 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Sampling Method:   Probability Sample
Study Population
Primary care clinic


  • Histologically confirmed adenocarcinoma, including one of the following:

    • Breast cancer (female), meeting the following criteria:

      • Stage I-III (T1-4, N0-3, M0) disease
      • Has undergone complete surgical removal of invasive cancer by mastectomy or lumpectomy
      • Has undergone either sentinel lymph node dissection or axillary lymph node dissection with adequate TNM staging
    • Colon cancer (male or female), meeting the following criteria:

      • Stage I-III (T1-3, any N, M0) disease
      • Has undergone appropriate surgical resection with TNM staging
  • Newly diagnosed disease
  • Scheduled to receive chemotherapy

    • Agrees to receive chemotherapy AND is able to receive chemotherapy within 3 months after surgery
  • No distant metastases
  • Hormone receptor status not specified


  • Menopausal status not specified
  • Life expectancy ≥ 6 months
  • Fluent in English
  • Not living in a nursing home
  • No end-stage disease
  • No severe dementia
  • No other clinically active malignancy within the past 5 years or within 3 months after diagnosis of current malignancy


  • See Disease Characteristics
  • No prior chemotherapy for the malignancy
  • More than 1 year since prior treatment on an inpatient/outpatient geriatric evaluation and management unit
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00873600

Sponsors and Collaborators
Case Comprehensive Cancer Center
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Principal Investigator: Cynthia Owusu, MD, MSC Ireland Cancer Center at University Hospitals Case Medical Center, Case Comprehensive Cancer Center
  More Information

Additional Information:
Responsible Party: Cynthia Owusu, MD, Ireland Cancer Center at University Hospitals Case Medical Center, Case Comprehensive Cancer Center Identifier: NCT00873600     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: CASE4Y07
P30CA043703 ( US NIH Grant/Contract Award Number )
CASE4Y07 ( Other Identifier: Case Comprehensive Cancer Center )
Study First Received: March 31, 2009
Last Updated: March 17, 2015

Keywords provided by Case Comprehensive Cancer Center:
cognitive/functional effects
psychosocial effects of cancer and its treatment
stage I breast cancer
stage II breast cancer
stage IIIA breast cancer
stage IIIB breast cancer
stage IIIC breast cancer
adenocarcinoma of the colon
stage I colon cancer
stage II colon cancer
stage III colon cancer

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Breast Neoplasms
Colorectal Neoplasms
Colonic Neoplasms
Neoplasms by Site
Breast Diseases
Skin Diseases
Intestinal Neoplasms
Gastrointestinal Neoplasms
Digestive System Neoplasms
Digestive System Diseases
Gastrointestinal Diseases
Colonic Diseases
Intestinal Diseases
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