A Pilot Study of a Geriatric-Specific Psychoeducational Intervention for Elderly Cancer Patients


Full Title

A Pilot Study of Geriatric-Specific Interventions for Quality of Life in Elderly Patients with Cancer.


Many people with cancer seek counseling to help ease the emotional burden of the illness and its treatment. Counseling often helps them cope with cancer by giving them a place to express their feelings.

The purpose of this study is to examine whether psychoeducational counseling for older cancer patients undergoing treatment is feasible and worthwhile. Researchers will test this approach as individual counseling over the phone and in a group counseling format. They want to see if this type of counseling helps reduce depressive symptoms, anxiety, perception of loneliness, and isolation.

Participants will complete questionnaires about anxiety, depression, perception of loneliness and social support, and physical/social/emotional/functional well-being. Patients will receive either this Geriatric Intervention or a referral to a social worker age 65 or older, and the two approaches will be compared.


Participants in this study include people with stage I-III breast or prostate cancer who are age 70 or older and who are being treated at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.

For more information about this study, please contact Dr. Andrew Roth at 646-888-0062.