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We Can Cope: Family Support When A Parent Has Cancer

Open (Enrolling)
Psychosocial Effects of Cancer and Its Treatment

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Trial Information

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.

Inclusion Criteria

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


Type of Study:


Study Design:


Principal Investigator

Jonas I. Bromberg

Investigator Role:

Study Chair

Investigator Affiliation:

Inflexxion, Inc.


United States: Federal Government

Study ID:




Start Date:

August 2000

Completion Date:

Related Keywords:

  • Psychosocial Effects of Cancer and Its Treatment
  • psychosocial effects of cancer and its treatment



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