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Assessing Depression in a Geriatric Cancer Population

70 Years
Open (Enrolling)
Breast Cancer, Prostate Cancer

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Trial Information

Assessing Depression in a Geriatric Cancer Population

We have a few questionnaires that have been used to measure depression, but we do not know
how these measures work with people with cancer. This study will help us answer this
question. To complete this study, we need people who may or may not be feeling down or

If you choose to take part, you will be asked to do the following:

1. Fill out questionnaires that ask about:

- Your age, eduction, race, and income

- Your mood

In all, these questionnaires will take about 10 minutes to complete.

2. Answer questions about your mood. This will also take about 10 minutes to complete.

Inclusion Criteria:

1. Age 70 and older

2. Diagnosis of early or late stage prostate cancer, or diagnosis of early or late stage
breast cancer

3. Actively engaged in one of the following cancer treatments: chemotherapy, radiation
therapy, hormone therapy

4. Able to provide informed consent

5. Ability to converse, write and read English

Exclusion Criteria:

1.Major psychopathology or cognitive impairment likely in the judgment of the research
staff to interfere with the participation or completion of the protocol.

Type of Study:


Study Design:

Observational Model: Case-Only, Time Perspective: Prospective

Outcome Measure:

Test the sensitivity and specificity of the Geriatric Depression Scale-Short Form and two other widely used assessments of depression to detect major and minor depression in a geriatric breast and prostate cancer population.

Outcome Time Frame:

2 years

Safety Issue:


Principal Investigator

Christian Nelson, Ph.D.

Investigator Role:

Principal Investigator

Investigator Affiliation:

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center


United States: Institutional Review Board

Study ID:




Start Date:

September 2006

Completion Date:

December 2013

Related Keywords:

  • Breast Cancer
  • Prostate Cancer
  • Breast Cancer
  • Prostate Cancer
  • Breast Neoplasms
  • Depression
  • Depressive Disorder
  • Prostatic Neoplasms



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