We Can Cope: Family Support When A Parent Has Cancer
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.
Jonas I. Bromberg
United States: Federal Government
|Albert Einstein Comprehensive Cancer Center||Bronx, New York 10461|
|Baylor University Medical Center||Dallas, Texas 75246|
|Maine Center for Cancer Medicine and Blood Disorders||Scarborough, Maine 04074|
|Inflexxion||Newton, Massachusetts 02464-1594|
|Buddy Kemp Caring House||Charlotte, North Carolina 28207|