Psychological Benefits of Camping in Treating Children With Cancer

2014-08-27 03:56:48 | BioPortfolio


RATIONALE: Children with cancer who go camping with other patients may have improved quality of life, self-esteem, and relationships with parents, family, and peers.

PURPOSE: Clinical trial to study the psychological benefits of a 1-week camping trip for children with cancer.



- Determine whether quality of life, particularly sense of well being, self-esteem, and relationships with parents, family, and peers, improves in children with cancer who participate in an enriched, normalized camping experience.

- Determine whether professional or volunteer caregivers improve the quality of their interrelations with this patient population after participating in an enriched, normalized camping experience.

OUTLINE: Patients participate in a full range of age appropriate activities and undergo observation during an enriched, normalized camping experience for 1 week. Patients and their family members undergo psychosocial interviews and patients complete psychological questionnaires before, during, and after the camping experience. Medical care continues to be provided according to the plan formulated between the patient's home medical team and the NIH-based medical team.

Quality of life is assessed.

PROJECTED ACCRUAL: Approximately 9,999 patients will be accrued for this study.

Study Design



Psychosocial Effects of Cancer and Its Treatment


psychosocial assessment and care, quality-of-life assessment


Warren Grant Magnuson Clinical Center - NCI Clinical Trials Referral Office
United States




National Cancer Institute (NCI)

Results (where available)

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