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Couples Therapy to Enhance Intimacy Between Patients With Advanced or Recurrent Prostate Cancer and Their Partners

This study is ongoing, but not recruiting participants.
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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT00483678
First Posted: June 7, 2007
Last Update Posted: March 30, 2017
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Collaborators:
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Fox Chase Cancer Center
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
  Purpose

RATIONALE: A couples therapy program may enhance intimacy and reduce psychological distress in patients with prostate cancer and in their partners.

PURPOSE: This randomized clinical trial is studying how well couples therapy enhances intimacy and reduces psychological distress in patients with advanced or recurrent prostate cancer and in their partners.


Condition Intervention
Prostate Cancer Psychosocial Effects of Cancer and Its Treatment Sexual Dysfunction Sexuality and Reproductive Issues Other: counseling intervention Other: questionnaire administration Procedure: psychosocial assessment and care

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Other
Official Title: A Pilot Study of an Intimacy-Enhancing Couples Therapy for Men With Advanced Prostate Cancer and Their Partners

Resource links provided by NLM:


Further study details as provided by Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Feasibility of Intimacy-Enhancing Couples Therapy (IECT) (e.g., eligibility rate, acceptance rate, attendance rate, satisfaction) assessed at baseline and at 1 month after completion of study intervention [ Time Frame: 2 years ]
  • Comparison of the preliminary effect of IECT vs usual care on global psychological distress and relationship intimacy as assessed by the BSI-18 at baseline and at 1 month after completion of study intervention [ Time Frame: 2 years ]
  • Relationship functioning, including intimacy, communication, and satisfaction (cancer-specific and overall) as assessed by the CRCS and A-DAS at baseline and at 1 month after completion of study intervention [ Time Frame: 2 years ]

Enrollment: 64
Study Start Date: April 2007
Estimated Study Completion Date: April 2018
Estimated Primary Completion Date: April 2018 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Intimacy-Enhancing Couples Therapy
Patients and their partners receive Intimacy-Enhancing Couples Therapy over 6 weeks comprising the following four 90-minute sessions: the Story of Cancer; Understanding the Couple, Ways of Relating and Key Influences; Intimacy; and Coping, Support, and Adaptation. Patients and their partners complete treatment satisfaction questionnaires after completion of study intervention.
Other: counseling intervention Other: questionnaire administration Procedure: psychosocial assessment and care
Active Comparator: standard psychosocial care
Patients and their partners receive standard psychosocial care. All participants complete questionnaires assessing psychological distress, intimacy, communication patterns, and overall relationship adjustment/satisfaction at baseline and at 1 month after completion of study intervention
Other: questionnaire administration Procedure: psychosocial assessment and care

Detailed Description:

OBJECTIVES:

  • Determine the feasibility of Intimacy-Enhancing Couples Therapy (IECT) for patients with advanced or recurrent prostate cancer and their partners.
  • Compare the effect of IECT vs usual care on patients' and their partners' level of global psychological distress.
  • Compare the effect of IECT vs usual care on relationship intimacy in these participants.

OUTLINE: This is a randomized, controlled, pilot, multicenter study. Patients are stratified according to marital distress based on partners' scores on the Abbreviated Dyadic Adjustment Scale (high [< 21] vs low [≥ 21]). Patients and their partners are randomized to 1 of 2 arms.

  • Arm I: Patients and their partners receive Intimacy-Enhancing Couples Therapy over 6 weeks comprising the following four 90-minute sessions: the Story of Cancer; Understanding the Couple, Ways of Relating and Key Influences; Intimacy; and Coping, Support, and Adaptation. Patients and their partners complete treatment satisfaction questionnaires after completion of study intervention.
  • Arm II: Patients and their partners receive standard psychosocial care. All participants complete questionnaires assessing psychological distress, intimacy, communication patterns, and overall relationship adjustment/satisfaction at baseline and at 1 month after completion of study intervention.
  Eligibility

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 120 Years   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Criteria

DISEASE CHARACTERISTICS:

  • Diagnosis of primary prostate cancer

    • Advanced or recurrent disease
  • Receiving concurrent hormonal therapy
  • Married and/or co-habitating with a partner for ≥ 1 year
  • T-score > 50 on Brief Symptom Inventory-18 questionnaire (patient and/or partner)

PATIENT CHARACTERISTICS:

  • Normal cognitive functioning
  • Able to speak and read English
  • No significant hearing impairment that would preclude study participation

PRIOR CONCURRENT THERAPY:

  • See Disease Characteristics
  Contacts and Locations
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To learn more about this study, you or your doctor may contact the study research staff using the contact information provided by the sponsor.

Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT00483678


Locations
United States, New York
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
New York, New York, United States, 10065
United States, Pennsylvania
Fox Chase Cancer Center - Cheltenham
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, 19111-2497
Sponsors and Collaborators
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Fox Chase Cancer Center
Investigators
Study Chair: Talia Zaider, PhD Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
  More Information

Additional Information:
Responsible Party: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00483678     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 07-043
P30CA008748 ( U.S. NIH Grant/Contract )
MSKCC-07043
First Submitted: June 6, 2007
First Posted: June 7, 2007
Last Update Posted: March 30, 2017
Last Verified: March 2017

Keywords provided by Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center:
psychosocial effects of cancer and its treatment
sexual dysfunction
sexuality and reproductive issues
recurrent prostate cancer
stage III prostate cancer
stage IV prostate cancer

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Prostatic Neoplasms
Genital Neoplasms, Male
Urogenital Neoplasms
Neoplasms by Site
Neoplasms
Genital Diseases, Male
Prostatic Diseases


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