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The Rehabilitation Needs of People Who Have Had an Upper Gastrointestinal or a Gynecological Cancer

18 Years
Open (Enrolling)
Adenocarcinoma of the Gastroesophageal Junction, Cervical Cancer, Endometrial Cancer, Esophageal Cancer, Fallopian Tube Cancer, Gastric Cancer, Ovarian Cancer, Sarcoma, Vaginal Cancer, Vulvar Cancer

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Trial Information

The Rehabilitation Needs of People Who Have Had an Upper Gastrointestinal or a Gynecological Cancer



- To explore the patients' perspective of their physical and psychosocial rehabilitation
needs following the diagnosis and treatment for an upper gastrointestinal or a
gynecological cancer.

- To assess patients' experiences of the physical and social impact of cancer in the
treatment and post-treatment phase.

- To explore patients' met and un-met needs.

- To explore the patients' opinion of how it might be possible to manage any of the
issues that arise.


- To generate theories and a hypothesis from the data collected for use in a future
interventional study.

OUTLINE: The study consist of a series of focus groups that take place in a private room
within the Royal Marsden Hospital in the United Kingdom. Patients attend only one focus
group session, which is audio-tape recorded. The focus groups discuss and explore the
patient's needs and experiences using a semi-structured interview question schedule over
60-90 minutes. The groups are single-sex groups to allow the patients to express themselves
freely with respect to any sensitive topics they may wish to discuss. If individual patient
issues arise from the group discussions, the lead researcher may refer the patient to a
member of the hospital team, the patient's physician, or for appropriate psychological

Data from the focus group dialogue and patients' baseline demographic information are
analyzed. The results from this study are used to design an interventional study in the
Rehabilitation Department.

Inclusion Criteria


- Diagnosis of upper gastrointestinal (GI) or gynecological cancer

- Must have completed initial treatment for upper GI or gynecological cancer

- Received primary treatment within the Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust

- Will be on a treatment pathway with radical intent or be post-treatment

- Reported that they have experienced a physical or psychosocial need resulting from
the disease or its treatment


- Able to attend the specialist center for a focus group session

- Willing and able to articulate their experiences in English

- Not eligible for or receiving palliative or end-of-life care


- See Disease Characteristics

Type of Study:


Study Design:


Outcome Measure:

Patients' perspective of their physical and psychosocial rehabilitation needs following their diagnosis and treatment

Safety Issue:


Principal Investigator

Clare Shaw, MD

Investigator Role:

Principal Investigator

Investigator Affiliation:

Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust



Study ID:




Start Date:

August 2010

Completion Date:

Related Keywords:

  • Adenocarcinoma of the Gastroesophageal Junction
  • Cervical Cancer
  • Endometrial Cancer
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Fallopian Tube Cancer
  • Gastric Cancer
  • Ovarian Cancer
  • Sarcoma
  • Vaginal Cancer
  • Vulvar Cancer
  • esophageal cancer
  • gastric cancer
  • cervical cancer
  • fallopian tube cancer
  • ovarian epithelial cancer
  • ovarian germ cell tumor
  • ovarian sarcoma
  • ovarian stromal cancer
  • endometrial cancer
  • uterine sarcoma
  • vaginal cancer
  • vulvar cancer
  • adenocarcinoma of the gastroesophageal junction
  • Adenocarcinoma
  • Adenocarcinoma, Mucinous
  • Endometrial Neoplasms
  • Uterine Cervical Neoplasms
  • Esophageal Diseases
  • Esophageal Neoplasms
  • Stomach Neoplasms
  • Ovarian Neoplasms
  • Vaginal Neoplasms
  • Vulvar Neoplasms
  • Fallopian Tube Neoplasms
  • Adenoma
  • Gastrointestinal Neoplasms
  • Sarcoma