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Pilot of a Geriatric Group Psychoeducational Intervention for Elderly Patients With Cancer

70 Years
Open (Enrolling)
Breast Cancer, Prostate Cancer, Lung Cancer, Lymphoma Cancer, Gynecological Cancers

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Trial Information

Pilot of a Geriatric Group Psychoeducational Intervention for Elderly Patients With Cancer

Inclusion Criteria:

- Have a diagnosis of prostate, breast cancer lung, lymphoma, or gynecological.

- Are receiving active treatment (e.g., radiation, hormone, or chemotherapy)or have
been receiving treatment in the past 6 months at MSKCC

- Are 70 years old or older

- Greater than 6-months post diagnosis

- Have a Distress Thermometer score of 4 or greater or

a score of ≥ 6 on the Depression or Anxiety subscale of the HADS

- Have a Karnofsky Performance Rating of 60 or greater

- In the investigator's judgment, participants must have satisfactory cognitive
function to provide valid informed consent and participate in Geriatric Specific
Psychoeducational Intervention. The Blessed Orientation-Memory-Concentration test
(BOMC) will be used as a cognitive screening tool. Patients must have a BOMC score
of less than or equal to 11.

- Able to converse, write and read English. The questionnaires were designed and
validated in English and are not currently available in other languages. Translation
of questionnaires into other languages would require a very lengthy process of
reestablishing the reliability and validity and the establishment of norms for these
measures. Therefore, participants must be able to communicate in English to complete
the questionnaires.

Exclusion Criteria:

- Significant psychiatric disturbance sufficient, in the investigator's judgment, to
preclude participation in a group-format intervention (e.g., acute psychiatric
symptoms which requires individual treatment).

- Actively participating in protocol 07-094 or 11-021

Type of Study:


Study Design:

Allocation: Non-Randomized, Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Open Label, Primary Purpose: Supportive Care

Outcome Measure:

To test the feasibility, tolerability and acceptability of a Geriatric Specific Psychoeducational Intervention (GSPI) by examining the rates of eligibility, acceptance, and adherence.

Outcome Time Frame:

2 years

Safety Issue:


Principal Investigator

Andrew Roth, MD

Investigator Role:

Principal Investigator

Investigator Affiliation:

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center


United States: Institutional Review Board

Study ID:




Start Date:

September 2009

Completion Date:

September 2014

Related Keywords:

  • Breast Cancer
  • Prostate Cancer
  • Lung Cancer
  • Lymphoma Cancer
  • Gynecological Cancers
  • Geriatric
  • Elderly
  • Psychoeducational
  • Counseling
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Intervention
  • 09-116
  • Breast Neoplasms
  • Lung Neoplasms
  • Lymphoma
  • Prostatic Neoplasms



Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer CenterNew York, New York  10021
Joan Karnell Cancer Center at Pennsylvania HospitalPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania  19107