Early Rehabilitation of Cancer Patients

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Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : April 30, 2012
Last Update Posted : October 14, 2015
University of Bergen
Uppsala University
University of Agder
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Haukeland University Hospital

January 30, 2012
April 30, 2012
October 14, 2015
May 2011
August 2015   (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Change in psychosocial status [ Time Frame: from baseline to 24 month ]
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Cost effectiveness of the stress-management intervention. [ Time Frame: 24 month ]
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Early Rehabilitation of Cancer Patients
Early Rehabilitation of Cancer Patients
A life threatening disease such as cancer may lead to post traumatic stress disorder, and even when reporting low levels of side-effects from cancer disease and treatment, 80% report high levels of stress symptoms. The purpose of the present randomised controlled trial is to examine the psychosocial effects of a stress management intervention based on cognitive behaviour therapy and with focus on increased physical activity in patients with various cancer diagnoses using a stepped-care approach. When using a stepped-care approach it is possible to study the level and intensity of stress management intervention required to achieve increased well-being. A cost-utility analysis will also be performed. 300 adult patients with a recent diagnosis of breast-, colorectal- prostate, testicular cancer or lymphoma and scheduled for adjuvant and/or curative oncologic treatment at Haukeland University Hospital, will be consecutively included in the prospective intervention study. The patients will be randomized to intervention or control. In step 1, all patients in the intervention group (I-a) will receive 2 counselling sessions. Patients who report clinically significant levels of stress, such as intrusive thoughts/avoidance behaviour (measured by Impact of Event Scale) and/or worry and depressions (measured by Hospital and Depression Scale) will be included in Step 2 (I-b) and include another 4-7 counselling sessions. There will also be a focus on motivating to increase physical activity level. Both the intervention (I) and control group (C) are allowed to take part in the common rehabilitation program with patient education and physical training. Data will be collected with self-reported standardized questionnaires. Objectively measures of physical activity level, sleep and daily energy expenditure are recorded with SenseWear™ Pro3 Armband. Measure point is at inclusion and than after 6 week, 4, 8, 12 and 24 month.
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Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Supportive Care
  • Breast Cancer
  • Colorectal Cancer
  • Lymphoma
  • Prostate Cancer
  • Testicle Cancer
Other: Stressmanagement
Individual stepped-care approach stressmanagement by specially trained counsellor
Other Names:
  • I-a
  • I-b
  • Stressmanagement counselling
    Intervention: Other: Stressmanagement
  • No Intervention: Control
Arving C, Thormodsen I, Brekke G, Mella O, Berntsen S, Nordin K. Early rehabilitation of cancer patients - a randomized controlled intervention study. BMC Cancer. 2013 Jan 7;13:9. doi: 10.1186/1471-2407-13-9.

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August 2015
August 2015   (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Newly diagnosed with breast cancer,
  • colorectal cancer,
  • lymphoma,
  • prostate cancer or testicle cancer and scheduled for adjuvant and/or curative treatment in the form of chemotherapy, radiation therapy and/or hormonal therapy at the Department of Oncology and Medical physics, Haukeland University Hospital, (Dept. of Oncology) Bergen,
  • residence in Rogaland, Hordaland and Sogn and fjordane county council,
  • initial treatment for cancer

Exclusion Criteria:

  • An ongoing psychiatric condition,
  • language deficiencies in Norwegian,
  • surgery for prostate cancer (only applies for prostate cancer) patients),
  • men with breast cancer,
  • live in nursing homes,
  • previous cancer,
  • treated for cancer earlier,
  • already implemented oncological treatment,
  • not self-reliant
Sexes Eligible for Study: All
18 Years to 81 Years   (Adult, Older Adult)
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Haukeland University Hospital
Haukeland University Hospital
  • University of Bergen
  • Uppsala University
  • University of Agder
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Haukeland University Hospital
October 2015

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