Telephone Support for Metastatic Breast Cancer Patients

Major Program
Supportive Care and Symptom Management
Research Group
Community Oncology and Prevention Trials
Indiana University
Completed ID
For more information, see NCT03998618
This trial tests telephone-based Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), a type of psychotherapy, to reduce fatigue interference with activities, mood, and cognition in metastatic breast cancer (MBC) cancer patients. ACT includes mindfulness exercises (e.g., meditations, performing activities with greater awareness), identifying personal values (e.g., family, work), and engaging in activities consistent with these values. A total of 250 patients will be randomly assigned in equal numbers to either the ACT intervention or an education/support condition. Patients in both conditions will participate in six weekly 50-minute telephone sessions. Outcomes will be assessed at baseline, 2 weeks post-intervention, and 3 and 6 months post-intervention. The investigators hypothesize that ACT will lead to improved primary and secondary outcomes as compared to education/support. A demonstration of ACT's efficacy will lead to dissemination of the intervention and ultimately fulfill an unmet need in the comprehensive care of MBC patients.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Education/Support
Metastatic Breast Cancer
Catherine E Mosher, Ph.D.

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