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Longitudinal Measurement of Pain and Other Symptoms of Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC) Patients Following Thoracic Surgery

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Longitudinal Measurement of Pain and Other Symptoms of Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC) Patients Following Thoracic Surgery

Before surgery, you will be asked to complete four surveys about your mood, symptoms,
quality of life, and smoking history. Completing the questionnaires will take about 20
minutes. You will be asked for some information about age, sex, race, education, marital
status, and employment status (full-time, part-time, unemployed). Before surgery, the
research nurse will teach you how to use the special telephone system, called an Interactive
Voice Response (IVR) telephone system. This system is used for tracking symptoms at home. An
instruction pamphlet will also be given to you.

Three days after surgery, while you are in the hospital, you will be asked by the research
nurse to again complete one questionnaires that measures your symptoms.

Once you are home from the hospital, the automatic telephone IVR system will call at a
prescheduled time that is convenient for you. The phone call will take about four minutes
to complete. The IVR will call once a week for the first 3 months after surgery, and then
every two weeks for an additional 3 months.

The research nurse will call you one week after surgery and then one month, three months,
and six months to complete four questionnaires about symptoms, mood, quality of life, and
smoking history. It will take about 20 minutes to complete the questionnaires.

The information collected by the IVR is for research purposes only, and you must report any
symptoms that you are concerned about to your physicians or nurses.

Should severe symptoms develop, research staff will notify the your treatment team.

This is an investigational study. About 112 patients will participate in this study. All
will be enrolled at M. D. Anderson.

Inclusion Criteria:

- Patients scheduled for thoracic surgery for NSCLC (stage I-IIIA)

- Patients >/= 16 years of age

- Patients who speak English

- Patients residing in the United States

Exclusion Criteria:

- Current diagnosis of psychosis or dementia

- Patients who have difficulty understanding the intent of the study

- Patients who can not complete the assessment tools

- Patients without telephone access

Type of Study:


Study Design:

Observational Model: Case-Only, Time Perspective: Prospective

Outcome Measure:

To study the symptoms of patients who receive thoracic surgery for the treatment of lung cancer.

Outcome Time Frame:

6 Years

Safety Issue:


Principal Investigator

Xin Shelley Wang, MD

Investigator Role:

Principal Investigator

Investigator Affiliation:

M.D. Anderson Cancer Center


United States: Institutional Review Board

Study ID:




Start Date:

April 2003

Completion Date:

October 2011

Related Keywords:

  • Lung Cancer
  • Interactive Voice Response Telephone System
  • Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer
  • Lung Cancer
  • Questionnaire
  • Survey
  • IVR
  • Carcinoma, Non-Small-Cell Lung
  • Lung Neoplasms



UT MD Anderson Cancer Center Houston, Texas  77030