Cancer: Thriving and Surviving Online Workshop and Study for Cancer Survivors

This study has been completed.
University of Hawaii Cancer Research Center
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Kate Lorig, Stanford University Identifier:
First received: August 18, 2009
Last updated: February 5, 2013
Last verified: February 2013
Cancer: Surviving and Thriving is a 6-week workshop for cancer survivors. The overall goal of the study is to determine whether an online cancer survivor education and support workshop can have lasting beneficial effects in helping survivors improve their self-management of health skills and quality of life.

Condition Intervention Phase
Blood Cancer
Breast Cancer
Prostatic Neoplasms
Colorectal Neoplasms
Behavioral: Cancer: Thriving and Surviving Online Workshop
Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Supportive Care
Official Title: Cancer Survivors Online Self-Management Workshop

Resource links provided by NLM:

Further study details as provided by Stanford University:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Document patterns of health care utilization [ Time Frame: 2011 ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • Quality of Life [ Time Frame: baseline and 6 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • Outcome Measure: Better Interactions with Oncologists [ Time Frame: baseline and 6 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • Health Behaviors [ Time Frame: baseline and 6 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Satisfaction with intervention [ Time Frame: baseline and 6 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Enrollment: 585
Study Start Date: July 2009
Study Completion Date: December 2011
Primary Completion Date: August 2011 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: online workshop Behavioral: Cancer: Thriving and Surviving Online Workshop

Detailed Description:

This workshop is aimed at helping you better manage your own health and the demands placed on you because of your cancer diagnosis. It is hoped that the workshop will give you the skills needed to reduce stress and improve your quality of life. If successful, the workshop can be made available to other cancer survivors.

Each workshop is 6 weeks with new lessons each week. You will be asked to log on at your convenience 2-3 times each week for a total of 1-2 hours, to read the lessons, complete assignments, and share your ideas and experiences with your classmates. There are no requirements that participants log in at the same time.

With the moderators and other workshop participants, you will discuss:

  • Healthy eating
  • Managing fatigue
  • Managing stress
  • Starting and maintaining an appropriate physical activity program
  • Getting a good night's sleep
  • Dealing with difficult emotions
  • Solving the problems caused by having had cancer
  • Communicating better with your health care professionals
  • Communicating better with your friends, family and coworkers

Ages Eligible for Study:   19 Years and older
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:Any adult (19 and over) cancer survivor living in the United States who: 1) was diagnosed within the past 5 years with a new or recurring cancer since the original diagnosis; 2) has completed their cancer treatment (surgery, radiation and/or chemotherapy); 3) isn't currently being treated for cancer except for hormonal therapy; and 4) has and email account and access to high speed internet connection.

Exclusion Criteria:Not meeting the inclusion criteria

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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00962494

United States, California
Stanford University School of Medicine
Stanford, California, United States, 94305
United Kingdom
Macmillan Cancer Support
London, UK, United Kingdom
Sponsors and Collaborators
Stanford University
University of Hawaii Cancer Research Center
Principal Investigator: Kate R Lorig Stanford University
  More Information

No publications provided by Stanford University

Additional publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number):
Responsible Party: Kate Lorig, Professor of Medicine, Emerita, Stanford University Identifier: NCT00962494     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: VAR0044  SU-07292009-3460 
Study First Received: August 18, 2009
Last Updated: February 5, 2013
Health Authority: United States: Institutional Review Board

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Colorectal Neoplasms
Hematologic Neoplasms
Prostatic Neoplasms
Colonic Diseases
Digestive System Diseases
Digestive System Neoplasms
Gastrointestinal Diseases
Gastrointestinal Neoplasms
Genital Diseases, Male
Genital Neoplasms, Male
Hematologic Diseases
Intestinal Diseases
Intestinal Neoplasms
Neoplasms by Site
Prostatic Diseases
Rectal Diseases
Urogenital Neoplasms processed this record on February 11, 2016