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Cancer Patients' Knowledge and Satisfaction After Group-based or Individual Information About Their Disease and Treatment Plan

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Prostate Cancer, Breast Cancer

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Cancer Patients' Knowledge and Satisfaction After Group-based or Individual Information About Their Disease and Treatment Plan

There are strong indications that group-based information provides better information for
cancer patients about their disease, treatment options - and potential benefits and side
effects of the planned therapy than information provided during a regular doctor

The investigators believe that standardizing and repeating the information as well as having
more time for questions in an open environment for reflections will improve the amount of
information patients can perceive. Furthermore, all patients will be given written

Better-informed patients may be more motivated and may contact health care personnel earlier
than other patients when they develop side effects. This may reduce the risk of serious
treatment-related complications and increase the chances of patients completing the planned
treatment. But none have compared to what extent an organization like Vardesenteret improves
the patients' knowledge and whether patients are more satisfied with these methods for
informing them. Results from studies on the influence of patient anxiety and distress on
patient's abilities to perceive information are conflicting.Two large groups of relatively
homogenous cancer patients are patients with lower-stage breast cancer patients who are
eligible for adjuvant chemotherapy and patients with localized prostate cancer eligible for
curative radiotherapy.

Inclusion Criteria

Inclusion criteria:

- Breast cancer patients that are candidates for adjuvant chemotherapy after surgery.

- Prostate cancer patients that are candidates for curative radiotherapy

- Signed informed consent

- Patient expected to be able to complete the planned treatment and the study

- 18years or older

Exclusion Criteria:

-Patients not fulfilling inclusion criteria

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:


Outcome Description:

Knowledge questionnaires specially made for the study. Constructed as statements with response categories; correct, false and donĀ“t know.

Outcome Time Frame:

1 week

Safety Issue:


Principal Investigator

Stein Kaasa, MD, Prof.

Investigator Role:

Principal Investigator

Investigator Affiliation:

St Olavs Hospital - Trondheim University Hospital and PRC, European Palliative Care Research Center


Norway: Regional Ethics Commitee

Study ID:




Start Date:

October 2012

Completion Date:

May 2014

Related Keywords:

  • Prostate Cancer
  • Breast Cancer
  • Patient education
  • information
  • communication
  • Breast Neoplasms
  • Prostatic Neoplasms