Advancing the Science of Symptom Management and Support for Cancer Patients and Their Caregivers
The specific aims of the study, where we will follow 500 cancer patients and their
caregivers with repeated measures over 6 months, are to:
1. Explore cancer patients' symptoms, symptom clusters and symptom changes over time; and
identify subgroups of patients with different symptom clusters.
2. Identify genomic markers for the different patient subgroups.
3. Explore symptoms, symptom clusters and burden in caregivers of cancer patients.
4. Explore relationships between patients' and caregivers' symptoms, symptom clusters,
quality of life and caregiver burden.
Patients will be asked to complete questionnaires to collect demographic characteristics and
self-reported medical history information, a general symptom inventory, specific measures of
the symptoms of pain, sleep disturbance, fatigue, depression, functional status and quality
of life. The patients' medical record will be reviewed for disease and treatment
The caregivers will also be asked to complete questionnaires about a general symptom
inventory, specific measures of the symptoms of pain, sleep disturbance, fatigue,
depression, functional status, quality of life and caregiver burden.
Data Analyses will be done to identify symptom clusters of the different symptoms, and to
identify patient subgroups based on their symptom experience and quality of life. Variations
in symptom clusters and quality of life over time will also be evaluated. Genetic analyses
will also be done in the patients.
Observational Model: Cohort, Time Perspective: Prospective
Physical functioning and quality of life
5 to 8 times during 6 months
Tone Rustøen, PhD
Oslo University Hospital
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