CARE: A Study Comparing the Effectiveness of Two Interventions to Help Reduce Distress in Older Adults with Cancer

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Cancer and Aging Reflections for Elders (CARE): A Geriatric-Specific Psychotherapy for Older Adults with Cancer

Purpose

This purpose of this study is to assess two interventions to improve cancer care for older adults with cancer. Patients will be randomly assigned to one of the two interventions, which each consist of four surveys, five telephone sessions, and four subsequent “booster” calls with a licensed mental health counselor. The five telephone sessions each last about 45-60 minutes; the booster calls each last approximately 20-30 minutes. These surveys will include questions about each patient’s illness, quality of life, depression, anxiety, and attitudes about aging and can be done via computer or over the phone. Patients will be compensated for their participation.

Eligibility

This study will include adults age 70 and older who have a diagnosis of cancer and are actively receiving treatment or received treatment in the past 6 months.

For more information about this study, please contact Dr. Christian Nelson at 646-888-0030. If you are interested in participating or learning more about the study, please contact the study’s Clinical Research Coordinator at 646-608-8239 or by e-mail at carestudy@mskcc.org.

Protocol

20-191

Disease Status

Relapsed or Refractory

Investigator

Co-Investigators

Saracino, Rebecca, PhD