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Study of the Emotional Needs of Caregivers of Stem Cell Transplantation Patients

This study has been completed.
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Information provided by:
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Identifier:
First received: May 14, 2004
Last updated: September 17, 2010
Last verified: September 2010

RATIONALE: Understanding the emotional needs of spouses or others who are living with and caring for patients who have undergone stem cell transplantation may help improve the quality of life of both the caregivers and the patients.

PURPOSE: This clinical trial is studying the emotional needs of caregivers of patients who have undergone stem cell transplant.

Condition Intervention
Breast Cancer
Chronic Myeloproliferative Disorders
Gestational Trophoblastic Tumor
Multiple Myeloma and Plasma Cell Neoplasm
Myelodysplastic Syndromes
Myelodysplastic/Myeloproliferative Diseases
Ovarian Cancer
Psychosocial Effects of Cancer and Its Treatment
Testicular Germ Cell Tumor
Procedure: psychosocial assessment and care

Study Type: Interventional
Official Title: Emotional Needs of Caregivers and Patient/Spouse Couples During Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation (HSCT)

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Further study details as provided by Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center:

Study Start Date: March 2002
Study Completion Date: October 2004
Primary Completion Date: October 2004 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Detailed Description:


  • Assess expression of emotion, as a function of patient presence, among spousal or other cohabiting caregivers (CG) of post-hematopoietic stem cell transplantation patients.
  • Assess desynchrony among subjective (self-report) and expressive indicators of emotion, as a function of patient presence, in these participants.
  • Correlate CG dispositional inhibition and desynchrony with physical and marital satisfaction in these participants.

OUTLINE: Caregivers (CG) complete written questionnaires assessing demographics, positive and negative affect, dispositional inhibition, marital satisfaction, and physical health over 45 minutes to 1 hour on day 1. CG then engage in two oral emotional expression exercises (on the topic of caregiving and the transplant) over 2 hours on day 2. Patients are present for one oral emotional expression exercise.

Participants are followed at 2 weeks and 6 months.

PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A total of 60 patient/spouse couples will be accrued for this study within 18 months.


Ages Eligible for Study:   21 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No


  • In a marriage OR long-term, committed, heterosexual or homosexual, cohabiting relationship in which one member is post-hematopoietic stem cell transplantation

    • Patients must meet the following criteria:

      • At least 1 year since prior first bone marrow, stem cell, or umbilical cord blood transplantation

        • Allogeneic or autologous
      • Diagnosis of malignancy, myelodysplasia, or non-malignancy
      • No indication of possible or confirmed relapse
    • Spouse/caregiver (CG) must meet the following criteria:

      • Serve as the primary CG to the patient
      • No prior or concurrent neurologic disorder



  • 21 and over

Performance status

  • Not specified

Life expectancy

  • Not specified


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  • No concurrent major psychiatric disorder
  • English-speaking


Biologic therapy

  • See Disease Characteristics


  • Not specified

Endocrine therapy

  • Not specified


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  • Not specified
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00082654

United States, Washington
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Seattle, Washington, United States, 98109-1024
Sponsors and Collaborators
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Principal Investigator: Shelby Langer, PhD Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
  More Information Identifier: NCT00082654     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 1639.00
Study First Received: May 14, 2004
Last Updated: September 17, 2010

Keywords provided by Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center:
psychosocial effects of cancer and its treatment
accelerated phase chronic myelogenous leukemia
adult acute lymphoblastic leukemia in remission
adult acute myeloid leukemia in remission
atypical chronic myeloid leukemia
blastic phase chronic myelogenous leukemia
chronic eosinophilic leukemia
chronic idiopathic myelofibrosis
chronic myelomonocytic leukemia
chronic neutrophilic leukemia
chronic phase chronic myelogenous leukemia
de novo myelodysplastic syndromes
disseminated neuroblastoma
myelodysplastic/myeloproliferative disease, unclassifiable
noncontiguous stage II adult Burkitt lymphoma
noncontiguous stage II adult diffuse large cell lymphoma
noncontiguous stage II adult diffuse mixed cell lymphoma
noncontiguous stage II adult diffuse small cleaved cell lymphoma
noncontiguous stage II adult immunoblastic large cell lymphoma
noncontiguous stage II adult lymphoblastic lymphoma
noncontiguous stage II grade 1 follicular lymphoma
noncontiguous stage II grade 2 follicular lymphoma
noncontiguous stage II grade 3 follicular lymphoma
noncontiguous stage II mantle cell lymphoma
poor prognosis metastatic gestational trophoblastic tumor
previously treated myelodysplastic syndromes
recurrent adult acute lymphoblastic leukemia
recurrent adult acute myeloid leukemia
recurrent adult Burkitt lymphoma
recurrent adult diffuse large cell lymphoma

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Breast Neoplasms
Multiple Myeloma
Neoplasms, Plasma Cell
Myelodysplastic Syndromes
Neoplasms, Germ Cell and Embryonal
Myeloproliferative Disorders
Myelodysplastic-Myeloproliferative Diseases
Testicular Neoplasms
Trophoblastic Neoplasms
Gestational Trophoblastic Disease
Neoplasms by Histologic Type
Lymphoproliferative Disorders
Lymphatic Diseases
Immunoproliferative Disorders
Immune System Diseases
Pathologic Processes
Neoplasms by Site
Breast Diseases
Skin Diseases
Hemostatic Disorders
Vascular Diseases
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