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Perceptions of Burden in Patients With Late-Stage Cancer and Their Caregivers

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00770419
Recruitment Status : Withdrawn (Slow accrual)
First Posted : October 10, 2008
Last Update Posted : May 29, 2015
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Study Description
Brief Summary:

RATIONALE: Gathering information over time about patients' sense of being a burden on their caregiver, and caregivers' sense of burden on themselves, may help doctors learn more about the desire to die in patients with late-stage cancer.

PURPOSE: This clinical trial is studying perceptions of burden in patients with late-stage cancer and their caregivers.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment
Brain and Central Nervous System Tumors Chronic Myeloproliferative Disorders Depression Leukemia Lymphoma Multiple Myeloma and Plasma Cell Neoplasm Myelodysplastic Syndromes Myelodysplastic/Myeloproliferative Neoplasms Psychosocial Effects of Cancer and Its Treatment Unspecified Adult Solid Tumor, Protocol Specific Other: medical chart review Other: questionnaire administration Procedure: psychosocial assessment and care

Detailed Description:



  • To measure psychosocial correlates of desire for hastened death (DHD) and change in DHD in patients with late-stage cancer by examining the relationship among a patient's perception of being a burden, their caregiver's perceptions of the patient's burdensomeness, and DHD changes over time.


  • To identify coping and personality factors in both caregivers and patients that may be related to the patients' DHD and changes in their DHD.

OUTLINE: Patients and caregiver dyads complete questionnaires at baseline, 2 months, and 4 months. The dyads complete demographic questionnaire, the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS), the Beck Hopelessness Scale (BHS), the Dyadic Adjustment Scale (DAS), and the Life Orientation Test-Revised (LOT-R). Patients also complete the Schedule of Attitudes Toward Hastened Death (SAHD), the Brief Coping Orientation to Problems Experienced (Brief COPE), the Memorial Symptom Assessment Scale-Short Form (MSAS-SF), and the Caregiver Demands Scale (CDS). Caregivers also complete the Katz Index of Independence in Activities of Daily Living (IADL).

Patients' medical charts are reviewed for stage and node status at primary diagnosis, previous oncology surgeries, previous adjuvant treatments, treatment at time of recurrence, disease free interval, site of metastasis, and response to current treatment.

Study Design

Study Type : Observational
Actual Enrollment : 0 participants
Observational Model: Cohort
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: Perception of Caregiver Burden
Study Start Date : May 2008
Primary Completion Date : January 2010
Study Completion Date : February 2010

Groups and Cohorts

Outcome Measures

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Relationship between patient's sense of being a burden on primary caregiver & increase in patient desire for hastened death (DHD) by Caregiver Demands Scale (CDS) at baseline & Schedule of Attitudes toward Hastened Death (SAHD) at 2 & 4 mo.
  2. Contribution of the caregiver's sense of caregiver burden, as measured by the caregiver version of the CDS at baseline, on increases in patient DHD over time

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Identification of coping and personality factors in both caregivers and patients that may be related to the patients' DHD and changes in their DHD

Eligibility Criteria

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population
Caregivers and patients with late-stage oncological disease.


  • Meets 1 of the following criteria

    • Patient with a diagnosis of cancer

      • Confirmed late-stage disease refractory to standard primary therapy
      • Reside with a non-paid primary caregiver
      • Receiving care at the Cancer Institute of New Jersey
    • Caregiver

      • Must be at least 18 years old


  • Life expectancy ≥ 4 months
  • No documented or observable cognitive (e.g., dementia) or psychiatric (e.g., psychosis) problems that would interfere with study participation
  • Able to read and write English (patient and caregiver)


  • Not specified
Contacts and Locations

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Sponsors and Collaborators
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey
Principal Investigator: Linda Patrick-Miller, PhD Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey
More Information

Responsible Party: Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00770419     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 130601
P30CA072720 ( U.S. NIH Grant/Contract )
First Posted: October 10, 2008    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: May 29, 2015
Last Verified: May 2015

Keywords provided by Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey:
psychosocial effects of cancer and its treatment
unspecified adult solid tumor, protocol specific
acute undifferentiated leukemia
adult acute lymphoblastic leukemia in remission
adult acute myeloid leukemia in remission
adult acute myeloid leukemia with 11q23 (MLL) abnormalities
adult acute myeloid leukemia with inv(16)(p13;q22)
adult acute myeloid leukemia with t(15;17)(q22;q12)
adult acute myeloid leukemia with t(16;16)(p13;q22)
adult acute myeloid leukemia with t(8;21)(q22;q22)
atypical chronic myeloid leukemia, BCR-ABL negative
chronic myelomonocytic leukemia
mast cell leukemia
meningeal chronic myelogenous leukemia
prolymphocytic leukemia
recurrent adult acute lymphoblastic leukemia
recurrent adult acute myeloid leukemia
recurrent adult T-cell leukemia/lymphoma
refractory chronic lymphocytic leukemia
refractory hairy cell leukemia
relapsing chronic myelogenous leukemia
secondary acute myeloid leukemia
T-cell large granular lymphocyte leukemia
AIDS-related diffuse large cell lymphoma
AIDS-related diffuse mixed cell lymphoma
AIDS-related diffuse small cleaved cell lymphoma
AIDS-related immunoblastic large cell lymphoma
AIDS-related lymphoblastic lymphoma
AIDS-related peripheral/systemic lymphoma

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Multiple Myeloma
Neoplasms, Plasma Cell
Myelodysplastic Syndromes
Nervous System Neoplasms
Central Nervous System Neoplasms
Myeloproliferative Disorders
Myelodysplastic-Myeloproliferative Diseases
Neoplasms by Histologic Type
Lymphoproliferative Disorders
Lymphatic Diseases
Immunoproliferative Disorders
Immune System Diseases
Pathologic Processes
Behavioral Symptoms
Hemostatic Disorders
Vascular Diseases
Cardiovascular Diseases
Blood Protein Disorders
Hematologic Diseases
Hemorrhagic Disorders
Bone Marrow Diseases