Perception Prognosis, Goals of Treatment, and Communication

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Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : July 25, 2011
Last Update Posted : January 31, 2017
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
El-Jawahri, Areej,M.D., Massachusetts General Hospital

Brief Summary:
The purpose of this research study is to assess what the participant understands about their illness, prognosis, the goals of the cancer treatment and their communication with their oncology providers. This study will help us to figure out how the investigators can improve how other patients understand their illness and goals of treatment and help us improve communication with their doctors. This research is being done because there is not a lot of information on how much patients understand about their illness and prognosis.

Condition or disease
Gastric Cancer Esophageal Cancer Pancreatic Cancer Liver Cancer Biliary Cancer

Detailed Description:
  • Participants will be asked to answer a few basic questions regarding race, ethnicity, religion, relationship status, education, income, and living situation.
  • They will then be asked to complete a questionnaire which contains questions about their mood, spirituality, quality of life and their understanding of their treatment and prognosis and their communication with their oncologist. They will complete these questionnaires in the clinic or infusion room on one of their regularly scheduled visit.

Study Type : Observational
Actual Enrollment : 50 participants
Observational Model: Case-Only
Time Perspective: Cross-Sectional
Official Title: Pilot Study to Investigate Advanced Cancer Patient's Perspective of Their Prognosis, Goals of Treatment, and Quality of Communication With Their Oncologists
Study Start Date : October 2010
Actual Primary Completion Date : October 2012
Actual Study Completion Date : June 2014

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Completion of surveys [ Time Frame: 1 year ]

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Patients perceptions of prognosis, goals of care, and communication with providers [ Time Frame: 1 year ]
  2. Quality of end of life care [ Time Frame: 1 year ]
  3. Survival [ Time Frame: 1 year ]

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population
All patients with a recent diagnosis of advanced gastric, esophageal, pancreatic and hepatobiliary cancer, not being treated with curative intent and receiving their cancer care at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Confirmed new diagnosis of advanced gastric, esophageal, pancreatic, and hepatobiliary cancer, not being treated with curative intent.
  • Planning to receive chemotherapy at Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Ability to read and respond to questions in English.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Prior chemotherapy for current stage of disease.

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT01401894

United States, Massachusetts
Massachusetts General Hospital
Boston, Massachusetts, United States, 02114
Sponsors and Collaborators
Massachusetts General Hospital
Principal Investigator: Jennifer Temel, MD Massachusetts General Hospital

Responsible Party: El-Jawahri, Areej,M.D., Director MGH BMT Survivorship Program, Massachusetts General Hospital Identifier: NCT01401894     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 10-219
First Posted: July 25, 2011    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: January 31, 2017
Last Verified: January 2017

Keywords provided by El-Jawahri, Areej,M.D., Massachusetts General Hospital:
advanced cancer

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Pancreatic Neoplasms
Stomach Neoplasms
Esophageal Neoplasms
Liver Neoplasms
Digestive System Neoplasms
Neoplasms by Site
Endocrine Gland Neoplasms
Digestive System Diseases
Pancreatic Diseases
Endocrine System Diseases
Gastrointestinal Neoplasms
Gastrointestinal Diseases
Stomach Diseases
Head and Neck Neoplasms
Esophageal Diseases
Liver Diseases