Coping with Cancer II

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Coping with Cancer II


This research study is being performed to see how cancer doctors talk with patients and their caregivers about illness, cancer scan results, and treatment options. Investigators hope to learn more about how cancer information is shared, whether this communication may differ according to whether the patient is black or white, and how these differences might affect the care patients receives and their emotional well-being (such as feelings of depression and anxiety). The goal is to use this information to optimize cancer care and quality of life for patients and their families.

Patients and caregivers will engage in a series of interviews with study investigators about their experiences speaking with cancer doctors and their thoughts and feelings about their care and well-being. Cancer doctors will also be interviewed about their conversation with a patient about scan results.


Participants in this study include patients receiving treatment for advanced digestive cancers (those of the esophagus, stomach, pancreas, liver, bile duct, gall bladder, colon, or rectum) at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, as well as patients’ caregivers and cancer doctors.

For more information about this study, please contact Dr. Andrew Epstein at 646-888-4313.