Evaluating an Interactive Cancer Communication System (ICCS) in Lung Cancer
This study will examine the potential for an Interactive Cancer Communication System (ICCS) to impact not only psychosocial outcomes such as quality of life but also length of survival in an advanced stage lung cancer population. Two hypotheses will be tested: the Comprehensive Health Enhancement Support System- Lung Cancer (CHESS- LC) will significantly improve patient quality of life and length of overall survival as compared to a usual care control group.
The prognosis for Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer patients remains poor despite recent advances in anti-cancer therapies. A lung cancer diagnosis often inflicts fear, despair, and hopelessness on patients and loved ones. For lung cancer patients in particular, a population where palliation rather than cure is often the focus, interventions addressing communication about various types of suffering are crucial to quality of life (QOL). Our Center has done extensive research testing CHESS (Comprehensive Health Enhancement Support System), a non-commercial, web-based information and support system. The recent Clinician Integration Project tested the impact of CHESS versus an Internet only Control group on QOL for caregivers of advanced stage lung cancer patients. This study yielded an unanticipated finding that CHESS may have a survival benefit for patients as one year survival was significantly increased in the CHESS group (50%) compared to Internet (34.2%). As this project did not focus on patient outcomes, follow-up with a well-formulated study designed and powered to address specific hypotheses of the nature of this effect is critical. The proposed study will specifically test QOL and survival effects of CHESS on lung cancer patients. Using sites in Wisconsin, Connecticut,Houston, and Chicago, we will randomly assign 376 advanced lung cancer patients to two study arms: a patient control group receiving Usual Care (including access to a computer and Internet) and a group given access to the CHESS website. Patients may invite a caregiver to participate. Patients will be followed for 18 months or until patient death.
Allocation: Randomized, Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Open Label, Primary Purpose: Supportive Care
Lung Cancer, Stage IIIb or IV
CHESS website for lung cancer patient + internet access if needed
Harry Gray Cancer Center at Hartford Hospital
University of Wisconsin, Madison
Results (where available)
- Source: http://clinicaltrials.gov/show/NCT01012401
- Information obtained from ClinicalTrials.gov on September 29, 2011
Medical and Biotech [MESH] Definitions
Tumors or cancer of the LUNG.
Malignant neoplasm arising from the epithelium of the BRONCHI. It represents a large group of epithelial lung malignancies which can be divided into two clinical groups: SMALL CELL LUNG CANCER and NON-SMALL-CELL LUNG CARCINOMA.
Karnofsky Performance Status
A performance measure for rating the ability of a person to perform usual activities, evaluating a patient's progress after a therapeutic procedure, and determining a patient's suitability for therapy. It is used most commonly in the prognosis of cancer therapy, usually after chemotherapy and customarily administered before and after therapy. It was named for Dr. David A. Karnofsky, an American specialist in cancer chemotherapy.
Patient Access To Records
The freedom of patients to review their own medical, genetic, or other health-related records.
Tumor Suppressor Protein P53
Nuclear phosphoprotein encoded by the p53 gene (GENES, P53) whose normal function is to control CELL PROLIFERATION and APOPTOSIS. A mutant or absent p53 protein has been found in LEUKEMIA; OSTEOSARCOMA; LUNG CANCER; and COLORECTAL CANCER.
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