Skin Care Behaviors Among Melanoma Survivors and Their Families

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Recruitment Status : Unknown
Verified April 2015 by Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.
Recruitment status was:  Recruiting
First Posted : May 29, 2015
Last Update Posted : May 29, 2015
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center

Brief Summary:

A patient's sun-related behavior greatly influences the likelihood of that patient developing melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer. Prior research shows current education strategies on inducing preventative behaviors such as wearing sun-protection clothing and wearing sunscreen are inadequate at effectively changing behavior when used in isolation -- patients are aware of the dangers of not engaging in these preventative measures but forgo them nonetheless.

We are investigating methods to positively influence sun protection behaviors among melanoma survivors and their families. The first objective is to compare patient and familial sun exposure and cancer screening activity before and after patients' diagnosis with primary melanoma. The second objective is to note if hanging a "Melanoma Survivor" plaque in a melanoma survivor's bathroom will significantly affect the survivor's and broader family's sun exposure and cancer screening activity.

Our sample of patients consists of survivors of primary cutaneous melanoma less than 4.0 mm in depth who come through the Dermatology Clinic at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and voluntarily choose to participate in the study after being informed of the nature of the research. These patients complete a confidential survey assessing a change in sun exposure related activities immediately after their diagnosis. After they fill out the survey, we will ask them if they could nominate a family member to whom we will explain the purpose of our research and confidentially ask an additional set of questions to evaluate the broader impact of a melanoma diagnosis. From our original sample, we will randomly choose a few families who would display the survivor plaque in their primary bathroom. After six-twelve months, during the patient's follow up visit, will ask again both groups of patients and family members to fill out another survey to assess sun exposure related activity.

On the surveys, no names are recorded. Everything is anonymous.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Melanoma Behavioral: Sun protection behaviors Not Applicable

Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Estimated Enrollment : 100 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Prevention
Official Title: Skin Care Behaviors Among Melanoma Survivors and Their Families
Study Start Date : March 2015
Estimated Primary Completion Date : January 2016

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MedlinePlus related topics: Melanoma

Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: Receive Plaque
Behavioral: Sun protection behaviors
We give the patients a small 3.5 by 2 inch wooden plaque that celebrates their survival of melanoma and reminds them to engage in skin-protective behaviors
Other Name: Melanoma survivor plaque in bathroom

No Intervention: Do Not Receive Plaque

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Improved sun-protective behavior survey [ Time Frame: 6-12 months between time of completion of first survey and second survey ]

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Ages Eligible for Study:   Child, Adult, Older Adult
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • patient has melanoma diagnosis within past 10 years less than 4mm in depth

Exclusion Criteria:

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT02457065

Contact: Jonathan A Busam, undergrad. 862-579-0726

United States, New Hampshire
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (Heater Road) Recruiting
Lebanon, New Hampshire, United States, 03766
Contact: Pamela Gangar, MD    603-653-9500   
Sponsors and Collaborators
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
Principal Investigator: Michael S Chapman, MD Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center

Responsible Party: Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center Identifier: NCT02457065     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 00028495
First Posted: May 29, 2015    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: May 29, 2015
Last Verified: April 2015

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Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Neuroendocrine Tumors
Neuroectodermal Tumors
Neoplasms, Germ Cell and Embryonal
Neoplasms by Histologic Type
Neoplasms, Nerve Tissue
Nevi and Melanomas