A Study Assessing a Mobile App to Help People with Traumatic Stress After a Stem Cell Transplant


Full Title

Using a SMART Design to Optimize PTSD Symptom Management Strategies among Cancer Survivors (Duke)


Many people who receive a stem cell transplant as part of their cancer treatment report symptoms of trauma and stress afterward. Research has shown that some patients experience symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) for many months or even years after their cancer diagnosis and treatment. The purpose of this study is to see if a new form of mobile app therapy can reduce these traumatic stress symptoms and improve quality of life.

Participants in this study will be randomly assigned to first receive either mobile app therapy (called the Cancer Distress Coach, which is designed to manage symptoms and provide support) or usual therapy. After four weeks, they may receive cognitive behavioral therapy or mobile coaching during the remaining eight weeks. Participants will be asked to complete questionnaires four times during the study over a period of six months.

Who Can Join

This study includes patients age 18 and older who had an autologous (self) or allogeneic (donated) stem cell transplant and are experiencing PTSD symptoms one to five years later. Participants must be in remission and have a smart phone or tablet, Internet access, and email.

For more information about this study, please contact Rebecca Gebert at [email protected] or at 646-888-0081.





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