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Evaluation of Mind-Body Groups on the Quality of Life of Cancer Patients

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Evaluation of Mind-Body Groups on the Quality of Life of Cancer Patients

Pain, fatigue, anxiety, depression, nausea, sexual impairment, body image disturbance,
relationship strains, existential distress and role losses are all potential "side-effects"
of living with cancer and its treatment. Behavioral interventions have shown some success in
mitigating distress and QOL impairment among cancer patients. The purpose of this
randomized-controlled study is to compare the effects of Mind-body group interventions on
the quality of life of patients with advanced cancer. Patients are randomized to one of two
psychotherapy groups, which occur weekly for eight weeks. Quality of life assessments are
conducted at baseline and two and four-month intervals.

Inclusion Criteria:

- On Active Treatment for:

Breast Cancer Stage IV, Colorectal Cancer Stage IV, Lung Cancer Stages III & IV, or All
Other Cancers (ANY stage on treatment)

- Language is English or Spanish

Exclusion Criteria:

- Patient is currently attending other support/psychotherapy group

- Significant Cognitive Impairment

- ECOG performance status = 3 or 4

- Current major untreated psychiatric disorder

- Unable to attend intervention in following 8 weeks due to medical or practical

Type of Study:


Study Design:

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

Outcome Measure:

Functional Assessment of Cancer Therapy

Outcome Time Frame:

baseline to 2 months and 4 months

Safety Issue:


Principal Investigator

Alyson Moadel, Ph.D.

Investigator Role:

Principal Investigator

Investigator Affiliation:

Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University


United States: Institutional Review Board

Study ID:

IRB #2003-412



Start Date:

December 2004

Completion Date:

September 2012

Related Keywords:

  • Neoplasms
  • Neoplasms
  • Needs Assessment
  • Adaptation Psychological
  • Minority Groups
  • Psychotherapy, Group
  • Program Evaluation
  • Spirituality
  • Spiritual Therapies
  • Neoplasms



Albert Einstein College of Medicine Bronx, New York  10461