Video Support Program For Families With a Parent Newly Diagnosed With Cancer

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Recruitment Status : Unknown
Verified October 2006 by National Cancer Institute (NCI).
Recruitment status was:  Active, not recruiting
First Posted : February 16, 2004
Last Update Posted : September 20, 2013
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Brief Summary:

RATIONALE: A videotape support program may help families improve communication and coping skills when a parent is diagnosed with cancer.

PURPOSE: Randomized trial to study the effectiveness of a video support program for families who have a parent who has been newly diagnosed with cancer.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Psychosocial Effects of Cancer and Its Treatment Procedure: psychosocial assessment and care Not Applicable

Detailed Description:

OBJECTIVES: I. Determine if families who participate in a video support program function better as a family in the areas of communication, togetherness, and overall increased ability to cope when a parent is newly diagnosed with cancer. II. Determine if participation in this program decreases stress-related illness in the well members of the family. III. Determine the safety of this program. IV. Determine patient/family and medical provider satisfaction with this program.

OUTLINE: This a randomized study. Adult parent participants and spouses undergo a baseline assessment over approximately 1 hour comprising completion of a self-assessment form followed by an interview. Families are then randomized to one of two arms. Arm I: Adult parent participants receive a video support program comprising 3 videotapes (parent tape, adolescent tape, and child tape) and a parent guidebook. The parents are encouraged to screen the videotapes and decide whether to have their child and/or adolescent view the program. Arm II: Adult parent participants receive no video support material. Families may view the video program after study completion. Adult parent participants in both arms complete follow-up assessments at 6 and 12 weeks. This clinical trial is being conducted at the locations listed below. If you are interested in this clinical trial but unable to visit these locations, please call #1-800-848-3895 ext. 226 and ask for more information about the We Can Cope study.

PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A total of 230 families will be accrued for this study.

Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Official Title: We Can Cope: Family Support When A Parent Has Cancer
Study Start Date : August 2000

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Ages Eligible for Study:   Child, Adult, Older Adult
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

DISEASE CHARACTERISTICS: Parent with a first diagnosis of cancer within the past 5 years No recurrence of a previously diagnosed cancer Must have at least 1 child between the ages of 6 and 18 Ill parent must live with child/children at least 50% of the time No plans to move out-of-state within the next 3 months

PATIENT CHARACTERISTICS: Age: See Disease Characteristics Any age Performance status: Not specified Life expectancy: Not specified Hematopoietic: Not specified Hepatic: Not specified Renal: Not specified Other: No psychotic disorder (such as schizophrenia) or a brain/psychiatric disorder due to disease/illness


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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00020553

United States, Maine
Maine Center for Cancer Medicine and Blood Disorders
Scarborough, Maine, United States, 04074
United States, Massachusetts
Newton, Massachusetts, United States, 02464-1594
United States, New York
Albert Einstein Comprehensive Cancer Center
Bronx, New York, United States, 10461
United States, North Carolina
Buddy Kemp Caring House
Charlotte, North Carolina, United States, 28207
United States, Texas
Baylor University Medical Center
Dallas, Texas, United States, 75246
Sponsors and Collaborators
Inflexxion, Inc.
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Study Chair: Jonas I. Bromberg Inflexxion, Inc. Identifier: NCT00020553     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: CDR0000068602
First Posted: February 16, 2004    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: September 20, 2013
Last Verified: October 2006

Keywords provided by National Cancer Institute (NCI):
psychosocial effects of cancer and its treatment