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Effect of Diet & Exercise Before Surgery In Overweight Postmenopausal Women with DCIS

Exploring Effects of Weight Loss on Ductal Carcinoma In Situ (NCT02224807)

Summary

Ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) is a stage 0, pre-cancer. Women with DCIS are at increased risk for developing breast cancer. Because it is not yet known which DCIS will progress on to breast cancer and which will not, currently most women are treated for DCIS with surgery and often radiation or hormone therapy. Post-menopausal women who are overweight are at increased risk for invasive breast cancer. Animal studies suggest that very low calorie diets may slow cancer growth. Calorie restriction in women with DCIS may reduce their risk of developing invasive breast cancer. This study is looking at the effect that diet and exercise have on biomarkers found in breast tissue and blood that provide information about cancer progression, hormonal status, inflammation, tumor proliferation and cell death. To be eligible, a woman must be overweight or obese (BMI: 25-39.9), postmenopausal and scheduled to have a lumpectomy or mastectomy for DCIS in three weeks or more.

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Prevention Education For African American Women

Disseminating Breast Cancer Prevention to African American Women (NCT01299623)

Summary

African American women are more likely to have breast cancer that is more aggressive, and diagnosed at an earlier age compared to other ethnic and racial groups. Older African-American women are less likely to be diagnosed with breast cancer, but they are more likely to be diagnosed with an aggressive, later stage tumor. Researchers are trying to develop effective breast cancer education programs for African-American women. This study will evaluate a breast cancer prevention education program that is culturally tailored to African-American women. To be eligible, participants must be a resident of the Philadelphia metropolitan area.

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Behavioral Weight Loss and Exercise After Treatment (BEAT) for Early-Stage Breast Cancer

Behavioral Weight Loss and Exercise After Treatment (BEAT): Predictors of Weight Loss Success in Overweight Breast Cancer Survivors (NCT02052115)

Summary

Studies have found that breast cancer survivors who are overweight and not physically active are at increased risk for a breast cancer recurrence. Side effects of cancer and its treatment, such as fatigue, distress and memory loss, may have an effect on a woman's ability to maintain a healthy diet, lose weight, or exercise. Researchers have developed a behavioral weight loss and exercise after treatment (BEAT) program for breast cancer survivors. This study is looking at the effectiveness of the BEAT program and whether side effects like fatigue, distress, and cognitive functioning impact the program's effectiveness.

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Information About Mammography Screening for Women Age 75 and Older

Randomized Trial of a Mammography Decision Aid for Women Aged 75 and Older (NCT02198690)

Summary

It is not known whether the benefits of mammography screening outweigh the risks in women age 75 and older. To improve older women's understanding of the benefits and risks of mammography screening, researchers have developed a pamphlet that provides information about mammography specifically for this age group. This study is investigating whether the pamphlet improves older women's decision-making about mammography screening. To be eligible, women must be between the ages of 75 and 89.

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Healthy Living After Cancer: A Weight Management Pilot Study

Healthy Living After Cancer: Weight Management Pilot Study (NCT01978899)

Summary

Studies suggest that women and men who are overweight at the time of their cancer diagnosis are at increased risk of developing surgical complications, fatigue, a poor body image or other problems. Cancer patients who lose weight after their cancer diagnosis may experience fewer of these problems. Losing weight may also decrease a patient's risk of recurrence. Researchers want to determine which weight-loss program is best for cancer survivors. This study is evaluating the effectiveness of a 16-week diet and exercise program in women and men who have been diagnosed with cancer. (This study is enrolling patients with breast and other types of cancers.)

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Evaluating a Web-Based Program to Reduce and Treat Lymphedema in Breast Cancer Survivors

The-Optimal-Lymph-Flow ™: An e-Health Approach to Enhancing Management of Chronic Pain and Symptoms Related to Lymphedema Among Women Treated for Breast Cancer (NCT02462226)

Summary

The-Optimal-Lymph-Flow™ system is a web-based self-care program designed to help women treated for breast cancer decrease and manage pain and symptoms related to lymphedema. The system advises women on safe, feasible, and easily-integrated-into-daily routine exercises to promote lymph flow and drainage. This study is comparing the safety and effectiveness of the web-based The-Optimal-Lymph-Flow™ system to a standard web-based program for lymphedema. To be eligible, patients must report persistent or intermittent pain, including aching, tenderness, soreness. Patients do not have to have lymphedema to take part in this study.

  • Participation Time2 visits over 3 months
  • Participating research sites
    Research sites:
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Nueva Vida Program for Latina Breast Cancer Survivors and Their Caregivers

Nueva Vida Intervention: Improving QOL in Latina Breast Cancer Survivors and Their Caregivers (NCT02222337)

Summary

Studies have found that Latina breast cancer survivors tend to have a lower quality of life than other breast cancer survivors. The problems Latina breast cancer survivors experience can affect their immediate family and friends. The goal of this study is to test and refine a skills building program called Nueva Vida that was created specifically for Latina survivors and their caregivers. To be eligible for this study, Latina breast cancer survivors and their caregivers must speak English or Spanish.

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Psychiatry Support for Patients with Severe Mental Illness Diagnosed with Cancer

Proactive Psychiatry Consultation for Patients With Cancer and Severe Mental Illness (NCT02594696)

Summary

Cancer is a leading cause of death in individuals with severe mental illness (SMI). Researchers think adding a psychiatrist and social worker to the oncology team of individuals with SMI will improve their care. This study is investigating the feasibility and effectiveness of incorporating a psychiatry consultation and care management support for individuals with SMI diagnosed with breast (and other cancer) to cancer care. To be eligible, participants must be able to receive care at and be within 8 weeks of their initial oncology consultation at the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center.

  • Participation TimeCoincides with standard therapy
  • Participating research sites
    Research sites:
    Call BCT: (415) 476-3793
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Counseling for Breast Cancer Patients Age 70 and Over

Pilot of a Geriatric Group Psychoeducational Intervention for Elderly Patients With Cancer (NCT00984321)

Summary

Many women seek counseling after a breast cancer diagnosis. This counseling program was developed to meet the specific needs of older cancer patients, who often find themselves facing problems related to both cancer and aging. The goal of this trial is to see whether a counseling program can help reduce depression, anxiety, and feelings of loneliness and isolation as well as improve the quality of life of older women with breast cancer. To be eligible, participants must be receiving treatment at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.

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Survivorship Care Planning to Improve Quality of Life

Survivorship Care Planning for At Risk Breast Cancer Survivors: A Focus on Latina-, Asian-, African-, and European Americans (NCT01824745)

Summary

Survivorship care planning may reduce stress and improve the well-being and quality of life of breast cancer survivors. The best method for providing survivorship care planning services is not yet known. This study is comparing the effectiveness of providing breast cancer survivors with a Survivorship Care Planning booklet along with four 40-minute counseling sessions to providing breast cancer survivors with a Survivorship Care Planning booklet alone. Women must live in Southern California and be 6-18 months post diagnosis--and at or nearing the end of their cancer treatment--to be eligible for this study.

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Skills Workshop to Improve Memory & Thinking in Breast (and Other) Cancer Survivors

Behavioral and Neural Indices of Cognitive Rehabilitation in Women's Cancer: A Pilot Study (NCT01641068)

Summary

Thinking abilities, concentration, mood and quality of life can be affected by cancer and its treatments. This study is investigating the benefits of a memory and thinking skills workshop designed for breast and other cancer survivors. To be eligible for the study, survivors must have been treated with chemotherapy. Participants will be randomly assigned to either the skills workshop or a workshop on the brain and cognition. After the study is completed, the individuals who took part in the brain and cognition education workshop can take part in the memory and thinking skills workshop. To be eligible, participants must be able to attend a minimum of 3 testing sessions in Seattle, WA.

  • Participation TimeVisits weekly over 2 months
  • Participating research sites
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Comparing Two Types of Support Groups for Women with Metastatic Breast Cancer

Self-management Interventions for Pain in Advanced Breast Cancer (NCT01927081)

Summary

Studies have found that breast cancer patients often benefit from talking about their illness with other breast cancer patients. Support groups can foster these types of discussions. This study is comparing two different types of support groups for women with metastatic breast cancer. To be eligible, a woman must be receiving breast cancer care at the Duke Cancer Institute in Durham, North Carolina.

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Improving Quality of Life Among Latina, Spanish-Speaking Breast Cancer Survivors

Developing an Intervention to Reduce Stress and Improve Quality of Life in Underserved Urban Latina Breast Cancer Survivors (NCT02521961)

Summary

Taking part in a support group may help Latina breast cancer survivors reduce distress and improve their health-related quality of life. This study is evaluating the effectiveness of a support group developed specifically for Latina breast cancer survivors. The group will address topics such as stress management and emotional coping strategies, nutrition and physical activity, sexuality and body image, medical advocacy and self-care, and social support. To be eligible, participants must be a Spanish-speaking Latina and a current resident of King, Snohomish, or Pierce counties in Washington State.

  • Participation TimeVisits weekly
  • Participating research sites
    Research sites:
    Call BCT: (415) 476-3793
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Exercise & Weight Management for People at High Risk for Triple-Negative Breast Cancer

Pilot Tests to Optimize the Delivery of Energy Balance Interventions (NCT02194387)

Summary

Previous studies have suggested that risk for triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC) is higher in people who are overweight and not physically active. Researchers are trying to determine what types of programs can help people lose weight and exercise more. Fitbit® is a small, wearable physical activity tracker that is designed to help with exercise and weight management. Telephone coaching, text messages, social networking, and self-monitoring can also help people trying to exercise more and lose weight. This study is looking at which combination of coaching, texting, and social networking is most effective in helping women at high-risk for breast cancer exercise more and lose weight. To be eligible, participants must have a BMI ≥25. They must also know they carry a BRCA mutation or be a family member of a breast cancer survivor.

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Hypnosis for Reducing Pain Associated With Aromatase Inhibitors

Hypnosis to Reduce Aromatase Inhibitor (AI) Associated Musculoskeletal Pain and to Improve AI Adherence: An RCT to Explore Efficacy and Cost Effects (NCT02657993)

Summary

Aromatase inhibitors are used to treat hormone-sensitive breast cancer in postmenopausal women. Muscle pain, joint pain and decreased grip strength are some of the most common side effects of these medications. These side effects can reduce quality of life and lead women to stop taking their aromatase inhibitors. Hypnosis is a mind-body intervention that has been shown to reduce pain. In this study, researchers will evaluate the feasibility of using hypnosis to reduce aromatase inhibitor-related pain and compare the effectiveness of hypnosis to empathetic listening for pain reduction. To be eligible, a patient must be currently taking an aromatase inhibitor (anastrozole, letrozole, or exemestane; have taken an aromatase inhibitor for at least three months; have at least two years of treatment remaining; and have ongoing pain and/or stiffness in one or more joints that began or worsened after starting on an aromatase inhibitor.

  • Participation Time3 visits over 1.5 months
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    Research sites:
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Text-Messages to Help Postmenopausal Women Stay On Tamoxifen or an Aromatase Inhibitor

Increasing Adherence to Adjuvant Hormonal Therapy Among Breast Cancer Patients: Phase 2 - Pilot Test of Intervention for Feasibility (NCT02400060)

Summary

For women with hormone-sensitive tumors, taking tamoxifen or an aromatase inhibitor for at least five years can reduce the risk of a breast cancer recurrence. Studies have found that not all women take their anti-estrogen treatment daily for a full five years. Researchers think that increased communication between doctors and breast cancer patients may encourage women to take their medication. This small, pilot study is looking at the effect of sending text-messages to postmenopausal women who are on tamoxifen or an aromatase inhibitor. To be eligible for this study, a woman must have a smart phone that can receive text messages.

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Helping Mothers Talk to Their Children About BRCA1/2 Testing

Parent Communication Study II - Randomized Controlled Trial of Decision Support vs. Education for Parent Communication of BRCA 1/2 Cancer Genetic Test Results to Children (NCT00685256)

Summary

Mothers who undergo BRCA testing often have questions about how and when to discuss genetic testing with their children. Researchers have developed a decision-making guide to help improve mother-child communication about BRCA testing. This study is investigating whether using this decision-making guide along with genetic counseling is better than genetic counseling alone in addressing the needs of mothers undergoing BRCA1/2 testing and their minor-age children.
This is a Phase III trial

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Increasing Mammography Screening Rates Among Korean-American Women in Minnesota

Mobile Phone Multimedia Messaging Intervention for Breast Cancer Screening: Intervention Phase (NCT01972048)

Summary

Korean-American women have one of the lowest breast cancer screening rates of U.S. American women. mMammogram is a mobile app that uses messages, video, audio, and emoticons to educate, promote, and reinforce breast cancer screening. This study is comparing the effectiveness of mMammogram to an educational brochure for increasing mammography screening rates among Korean-American women between the ages of 40 and 70. To be eligible, a woman must be Korean-American, have a phone that can receive text messages, and be living in Minnesota.

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A Program to Help Metastatic Breast Cancer Patients Participate in Treatment Decisions

Improving Psychosocial Quality of Life in Women With Advanced Breast Cancer (NCT01811264)

Summary

Women who are actively involved in their health care tend to feel better about the treatment they are receiving. Researchers have developed a brief Patient Participation Aid that uses text and images to teach patients how to ask questions and assert personal preferences. This study is investigating whether the Aid improves the well-being of women with metastatic breast cancer by empowering them to be active participants during doctor's appointments. To be eligible, participants must have metastatic breast cancer and be receiving care at one of the participating study clinics.

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MDMA-Assisted Therapy for Anxiety Related to Metastatic Cancer

Phase II Dose-Response Pilot Study of 3,4-Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA)-Assisted Psychotherapy in Subjects With Anxiety Associated With Advanced-Stage Cancer (NCT00252174)

Summary

A diagnosis of advanced stage cancer can cause intense anxiety. MDMA (3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine) may be able to help relieve this anxiety by producing feelings of closeness to others, empathy, wellbeing, and insightfulness. MDMA has been previously shown by some psychotherapists to reduce anxiety and improve quality of life in terminally ill patients. Currently, it cannot be used outside of research studies. This study will examine the effects of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy in patients who have received a diagnosis of advanced stage cancer. Participants must have completed or decided to end all cancer treatments prior to beginning this study.
This is a Phase II trial

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Health Education for Reducing Chemotherapy-Related Weight Gain

Taking Health Realization Into Valued Eating and Exercise (THRIVE): A Feasibility Study of an Intervention to Prevent Weight Gain for Breast Cancer Survivors During Chemotherapy (NCT01941784)

Summary

Weight gain is a common side effect of chemotherapy treatment. The average patient gains about 5-8 pounds over a year. THRIVE (Taking Health Realization Into Valued Eating and Exercise) is a health education program that may help reduce weight gain and improve the quality of life of women undergoing chemotherapy. The goal of this study is to determine the effectiveness of the THRIVE project for preventing weight gain associated with chemotherapy treatments in women with newly diagnosed stage I-IV breast cancer who have recently started or are schedule to receive chemotherapy.

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Multi-Media Support Program for Post-Treatment Survivors

Multi-Media Imagery Program for Breast Cancer Patients (Phase II) (NCT01034215)

Summary

Many women who have been treated for early stage breast cancer experience long-term effects, such as chemobrain, fatigue, sleep deprivation, stress, anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The goal of this study is to evaluate the effectiveness of a multi-media program, called "Envision the Rhythms of Life," that aims to reduce stress and improve quality of life. The program uses animation, PowerPoint, manuals, art, and audio-art. To be eligible, it must be at least six weeks since the completion of surgery, radiation, and/or IV-delivered chemotherapy.
This is a Phase II trial

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Vitamin D to Treat Anti-Estrogen Therapy Side Effects in Women with Stage IV Breast Cancer

Safety, Feasibility and Efficacy of Vitamin D Supplementation in Women With Metastatic Breast Cancer (SAFE-D) (NCT02186015)

Summary

Anti-estrogen therapies are used to treat ER+ and/or PR+ breast cancer. Side effects of these therapies include pain, fatigue, mood and sleep disturbances. Researchers think that vitamin D supplements may help reduce these side effects. However, vitamin D can also lead to excess calcium in the blood, which could increase estrogen production in the body. This study will monitor blood calcium and vitamin D levels to identify the best dose and effectiveness of a vitamin D supplement for reducing anti-estrogen related side effects in women with metastatic breast cancer.
This is a Phase I trial

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Lymphedema Prevention and Detection

To Prospectively Evaluate the Potential for Simple, Effective Lymphedema Prophylaxis in Breast Cancer Survivors Who Show Early Evidence of High-Risk Status (NCT00383500)

Summary

The purpose of this research study is to detect patients who might be at increased risk for the development of arm lymphedema based upon repeated non-invasive examination of the arms. When preventive interventions are appropriate, this study will compare the effectiveness of the usual treatments of massage and elastic sleeves with a new device, Flexitouch, which electronically simulates the effect of massage upon lymph flow.

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Lifestyle Changes During Radiation Therapy to Improve Outcomes

The Role of Lifestyle Factors in Breast Cancer-Related Outcomes (NCT02079662)

Summary

Researchers are studying the effects that lifestyle has on the risk of a breast cancer recurrence, quality of life, physical functioning, hormone levels and immune function. This study is looking at the effect that a comprehensive lifestyle change program that addresses diet, exercise, and stress has on women with stage III breast cancer who are scheduled to have a 4 to 6-week course of radiation. To be eligible patients must have a body mass index (BMI) of 25 or higher. They must also not eat more than 3 servings of fruits/vegetables a day or exercise more than 75 minutes per week.

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Helping Patients Learn to Cope with Symptoms and Side Effects of Cancer and its Treatments

Patient Outcomes of a Self-care Management Approach to Cancer Symptoms: A Clinical Trial (NCT02288169)

Summary

Cancer and its treatments can result in symptoms and side effects that lead to depression, anxiety and a diminished quality of life. Helping patients learn how to manage difficult symptoms on their own may diminish suffering, improve quality of life and decrease emergency room visits and associated costs. COPE (Creativity, Optimism, Planning, Expert guidance) is a program initially developed by researchers at the University of South Florida to help cancer caregivers. This study is looking at whether the COPE program works well for cancer patients too. This study is enrolling patients with breast, colorectal, lung or prostate cancer patients who are experiencing distress.

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A Program to Increase Cancer Screening, Reduce Depression in Women in the Bronx

Collaborative Care to Reduce Depression and Increase Cancer Screening Among Low-Income Urban Women Project (NCT02273206)

Summary

Researchers are trying to increase cancer screening rates among low-income minority women in the Bronx County, New York. Women who are depressed may not get necessary cancer screening tests. Within New York City, the highest rates of depression are found in the Bronx. In this study, researchers are comparing two types of collaborative care programs that have been developed to reduce depression and improve cancer screening and cancer outcomes among low-income minority women from the Bronx. To be eligible, women must be between the ages of 50 and 64, a resident of the Bronx, screen positive for depression, overdue on breast cancer and other cancer screening tests, and not have been diagnosed with cancer within the past six months.

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Nutrition Education and Acupuncture for Weight Loss After Chemotherapy

Comparison of Weight Loss Among Early Stage Breast Cancer Patients Post Chemotherapy: Nutrition Education in Combination With Weight Loss Acupuncture Vs. Nutrition Education Alone (NCT02081612)

Summary

Studies have found that women with breast cancer who are overweight or who gain weight after their diagnosis are at increased risk of having a cancer recurrence. Acupuncture uses hair-thin needles to stimulate energy in the body. Acupuncture may help improve short and long-term weight loss among breast cancer survivors who have been treated with chemotherapy. This study is investigating whether using acupuncture along with a nutrition education program is better than using a nutrition education program alone in helping breast cancer survivors lose weight. To be eligible, participants must have completed breast cancer treatment and have a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or greater.

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Providing Support to Newly Diagnosed Patients

A Randomized Controlled Trial of the Impact of ICCAN on Cancer Treatment Completion and Quality of Life (NCT01742143)

Summary

Breast cancer treatment is most effective when a patient is able to follow her treatment plan. The Integrated Cancer Care Access Network (ICCAN) program provides individualized assistance to women being treated at New York City hospitals who are low-income or have other problems that may make it difficult for them to stay on their treatment. Women who take part in the program meet monthly with a facilitator to get assistance and support. This study is comparing the ICCAN program to the standard services provided in New York City hospitals, which include meeting with a social worker or a patient navigator. To take part, patients must speak English, Spanish, or Mandarin, have been diagnosed with breast cancer within the past month, and be currently receiving or scheduled to start chemotherapy or radiation.

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Mind-Body Program for Metastatic Cancer Patients

Evaluation of Mind-Body Groups on the Quality of Life of Cancer Patients (NCT00179387)

Summary

Pain, fatigue, anxiety, depression, nausea, sexual impairment, body image disturbance, and relationship strains are all potential "side-effects" of living with cancer and its treatment. Behavioral interventions have shown some success in relieving distress and improving quality of life among cancer patients. The purpose of this study is to find out if mind-body psychotherapy groups can help improve the physical and emotional well-being of people facing cancer. Participants must be on active cancer treatment.

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Brief Behavioral Therapy to Improve Chemotherapy-Related Sleep Problems

Feasibility, Acceptability and Mechanisms of Brief Behavioral Therapy (BBT) for Sleep Problems During Chemotherapy: A Phase II Randomized Controlled Trial (NCT02002533)

Summary

Sleep problems are a common side effect of chemotherapy. Sleep disorder counseling may reduce fatigue and insomnia and improve quality of life in cancer patients. Brief Behavioral Therapy (BBT) is a technique that consists of insomnia education, stimulus control, discouragement of napping and encouragement of exercise and sleep. Researchers are interested in seeing if BBT is an effective way to improve chemo-related sleep problems. This study is investigating whether BBT is more effective than the Healthy Eating Education (HEAL) program in improving sleep problems in patients with stage I-III breast cancer undergoing chemotherapy. To be eligible, participants must have sleep problems that began or got worse with the diagnosis of cancer or with chemotherapy.
This is a Phase II trial

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Using Patient Navigators to Address Racial Disparities in Cancer

Accountability for Cancer Care Through Undoing Racism and Equity (NCT01954641)

Summary

Statistics show that although a larger percentage of white Americans are diagnosed with breast and lung cancer, a larger proportion of African-Americans die from these diseases. Researchers are trying to find ways to reduce this disparity. Studies suggest that patient navigators who have comprehensive training in cancer issues, health literacy and communication techniques can benefit patients. The Accountability for Cancer Care through Undoing Racism and Equity (ACCURE) trial is comparing patients who work with patient navigators and patients who receive usual support and care. This study is enrolling white and African-American women and men who are being treated for stage I or II breast (or lung) cancer.

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Reducing Pain, Fatigue & Sleep Disturbances in Patients with Advanced Cancer

A Brief Patient-Controlled Intervention for a Symptom Cluster in Advanced Cancer (NCT01954420)

Summary

Pain, fatigue, and sleep disturbances are common side effects and symptoms of advanced cancer that can have a negative effect on quality of life. Cognitive-behavioral strategies, like relaxation, distraction, and imagery, can help reduce these symptoms. Listening to guided imagery, relaxation exercises, and nature sound recordings on an MP3 player (an iPhone or similar device) is one method of using cognitive-behavioral therapy. This study is testing whether a patient-controlled cognitive-behavioral program available on an MP3 player can reduce pain, fatigue, sleep disturbances, and stress during cancer treatment. To be eligible, participants must be receiving outpatient chemotherapy in 3-week cycles, with ≥ 1 drug administered intravenously, and be expected to receive at least 3 more cycles of chemotherapy after enrollment. This study is also recruiting individuals with advanced lung, colorectal, prostate or gynecologic cancers.

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An Educational Tool for Women Considering Breast Reconstruction

Decisional Aid Intervention for Women Considering Breast Reconstruction (NCT01951534)

Summary

Many women find that it is not easy to decide whether to have breast reconstruction. Researchers have developed a web-based Breast Reconstruction Decisional Aid (BRDA) they hope will help women make this decision. This study is comparing the BRDA to an educational pamphlet and routine care. The researchers will see if women find the BRDA useful and how it influences their decision-making. The researchers will also look at what effect the BRDA has on women's breast reconstruction knowledge, attitudes about breast reconstruction, decisional conflict, preparedness and completeness of preparation, anxiety, and discussion with their oncologist.

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A Study Comparing Online and In-Person Pain Management Programs for Cancer Patients

An Accessible Mobile Health Behavioral Intervention For Cancer Pain (NCT02266017)

Summary

Many cancer patients experience pain from the cancer or its treatments. Studies have found that these patients can benefit from programs that increase their confidence in their ability to manage their pain. It is difficult for patients who do not live near a medical center to participate in a pain management program. Mobile health (mHealth) technologies that use a tablet computer or videoconferencing may be beneficial for these patients. This study is comparing the effectiveness of an mHealth program and a traditional in-person pain management program in patients who were diagnosed with breast cancer within the last year. This study also is enrolling patients with lung, prostate or colorectal cancer.

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Self-Care Toolkit for Managing Side Effects After Surgery

Evaluation of a Self-Care Toolkit in Surgical Breast Cancer Patients (NCT02387320)

Summary

Side-effects associated with breast cancer surgery can include pain, anxiety, nausea, fatigue, and sleep disturbance. Researchers have developed a self-care toolkit to help women learn about mind-body skills and tools that can help them cope with these side effects. This study will compare the effectiveness of this kit to the standard of care for helping women reduce these side effects. To be eligible, a woman must be newly diagnosed with breast cancer and be receiving treatment at the San Antonio Military Medical Center Oncology Clinic.

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Comparing Two Strategies for Quitting Smoking After a Cancer Diagnosis

Integrating Tobacco Treatment Into Cancer Care: A Randomized Controlled Comparative Effectiveness Trial (NCT01871506)

Summary

Between 10 and 30 percent of people diagnosed with cancer are current smokers. Studies have found that people who continue smoking after a cancer diagnosis have shorter survival times, are more likely to have treatment-related complications, and are at increased risk of developing a second cancer. Currently, only about half of all cancer patients report having been asked about their tobacco use. This study is comparing two strategies to promote smoking cessation in people who are newly diagnosed with, or likely to have, cancer. To be eligible, participants must have smoked a cigarette, even a puff, in the past week and be willing to consider trying to quit smoking using counseling and/or smoking cessation medication. This study is enrolling women and men diagnosed or suspected of having breast or other types of cancers, receiving care at Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center or Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.
This is a Phase IV trial

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A Program to Reduce Insomnia (Trouble Sleeping) Caused by Cancer or its Treatment

Brief Behavioral Intervention for Insomnia During Chemotherapy (NCT02165839)

Summary

Many women report that they experience insomnia--trouble sleeping--during their breast cancer treatment. A behavioral therapy program may help breast cancer patients cope with their insomnia. This study will compare a behavioral therapy program for insomnia to a healthy eating program in women being treated with chemotherapy or a biological therapy, like Herceptin, for early-stage breast cancer. To be eligible, a woman must have insomnia that began or got worse when she was diagnosed with cancer or began systemic treatment with chemotherapy or biological therapy.
This is a Phase III trial

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Lifestyle Changes for Overweight Women With Early Stage Breast Cancer

A Study of Lifestyle Intervention in Overweight or Obese Women With Early Stage Breast Cancer (NCT02037542)

Summary

Studies suggest women who are overweight are at increased risk of having a breast cancer recurrence. Overweight women also have a higher risk for other health problems. Lifestyle changes that promote physical activity and a healthy diet may help with weight management. This study is investigating the effects of a lifestyle intervention for overweight and obese women (BMI ≥25) with DCIS or early stage breast cancer that can help reduce their risk for recurrence and improve their overall health. To be eligible, women must be within 1 month to 1.5 years post-diagnosis.

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Helping Parents Talk to Their School-Age Children About Cancer

Enhancing Connections Telephone Program: A Cancer Education Program for Parents (NCT02129049)

Summary

A cancer diagnosis can cause emotional distress in both parents and children. But it can be difficult for parents to talk to their children about their cancer or support their children while undergoing cancer treatment. Studies have found that the Enhancing Connections Program, an in-person educational program, can decrease parents' depression and anxiety; improve parenting quality, parenting skills and confidence; and enhance the child's behavioral-emotional adjustment. Providing this education program by telephone may help parents talk with their school-age children about their cancer. This trial is investigating the effectiveness of using the Enhancing Connections Program by telephone to improve communication between patients with early stage cancer and their children. To be eligible, participants must have had a diagnosis of stage 0-III breast cancer within the last seven months.

  • Participation Time5 telephone sessions over 3 months
  • No Visits Required for this TrialNo travel required 
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Unmet Needs & Quality of Life in Latina Breast Cancer Survivors

Supportive Care Needs of Breast Cancer Survivors: A Needs Assessment (NCT02545023)

Summary

Researchers want to learn more about the quality of life of Latina breast cancer survivors. They also want to learn more about Latina breast cancer survivors unmet needs. In this study, Latina breast cancer survivors will answer questionnaires so that the researchers can learn more about how language differences, cultural differences, knowledge of breast cancer treatment and financial concerns affect their breast cancer care. To be eligible, participants must be treated at Los Angeles County + University of Southern California Medical Center.
This is a Phase I-II trial

  • Participation TimeCoincides with routine visits
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Comparing Two Types of Breast Cancer Survivor Support Groups

Development of Group Interventions for Breast Cancer Survivors (NCT01775085)

Summary

Many breast cancer survivors have found that support groups are helpful both during and after treatment. This study will compare the experiences of breast cancer survivors in two different types of support groups. The first is a standard support group that will focus on topics such as social and emotional support, financial issues, return to work, dealing with symptoms, and discussing difficult topics. The second is a meaning-centered group that will focus on topics such as identity, cancer survivorship, and connecting with life via love, beauty, and humor. The study is also testing the benefits and feasibility of conducting the groups online using a telephone and computer. To be eligible, women must have completed their primary treatment for breast cancer between 3 months and 5 years before entering the study and reside in New York.

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