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Assessing Older Patients With Cancer

This study has been completed.
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National Cancer Institute (NCI) Identifier:
First received: December 27, 2006
Last updated: November 3, 2011
Last verified: May 2010

December 27, 2006
November 3, 2011
December 2006
October 2011   (final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
  • Mean and median time to complete the entire geriatric assessment
  • Mean number of missing items in each subscale and the distribution of missing items
  • Percentage of patients who identify a scale to be upsetting or difficult to understand
  • Percentage of Geriatric Assessments for which all three items (Timed Up and Go Assessment, Blessed Orientation-Memory-Concentration Test, and the healthcare professional-rated Karnofsky performance status) are completed
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Association of continuous sociodemographic/clinical variables with time needed to complete the assessment
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Assessing Older Patients With Cancer
Development of a Geriatric Assessment Measure for Older Patients With Cancer

RATIONALE: Questionnaires that measure the ability of older patients to think, learn, remember, and make judgments and carry out daily activities may improve the ability to plan treatment for patients with cancer.

PURPOSE: This clinical trial is studying ways to assess older patients with cancer.



  • Determine the feasibility of administration of the geriatric assessment in elderly patients with cancer.
  • Determine the percentage of patients able to complete the self-administered portion of the geriatric assessment without assistance.
  • Determine the length of time necessary to complete the geriatric assessment.
  • Determine the variance and number of missing items.
  • Assess patient satisfaction with the questionnaire by identifying items that are distressing or difficult to comprehend.
  • Assess the percentage of geriatric assessments that contain all three of the following items: Timed Up and Go Assessment, Blessed Orientation-Memory-Concentration Test, and healthcare professional-rated Karnofsky performance status.


  • Determine the proportion of patients who are able to complete the self-report portion of the questionnaire without assistance and the length of time needed to complete the geriatric assessment within patients of various sociodemographic factors and educational status.

OUTLINE: This is a multicenter study. Patients are stratified according to age (65 to 69 years vs 70 years and over).

Patients undergo assessments of cognition using the Blessed Orientation-Memory-Concentration Test; functional status using the Timed Up and Go Assessment (measures physical mobility); and performance status using the healthcare professional-rated Karnofsky performance scale. These assessments are performed by healthcare personnel. Body mass index and the percentage of unintentional weight loss and the number of falls in the past 6 months are also assessed.

Patients also complete the following self-administered questionnaires: Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (measures level of functioning and need for services); Activities of Daily Living (measures higher levels of physical functioning); Karnofsky Self-Reported Performance Rating Scale (related to survival and clinically significant illness); Physical Health Section of the Older American Resources and Services Questionnaire (measures comorbidity and the impact on daily activities); Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale; Medical Outcomes Study (MOS) Social Activity Limitations Measure (measures the impact of cancer on patients' social functioning); and MOS Social Support Survey Emotional/Information and Tangible Subscales (measures perceived availability of social support).

Patients then begin planned treatment.

PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A total of 80 patients will be accrued for this study.

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Unspecified Adult Solid Tumor, Protocol Specific
  • Procedure: cognitive assessment
  • Procedure: psychosocial assessment and care
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Hurria A, Cirrincione CT, Muss HB, Kornblith AB, Barry W, Artz AS, Schmieder L, Ansari R, Tew WP, Weckstein D, Kirshner J, Togawa K, Hansen K, Katheria V, Stone R, Galinsky I, Postiglione J, Cohen HJ. Implementing a geriatric assessment in cooperative group clinical cancer trials: CALGB 360401. J Clin Oncol. 2011 Apr 1;29(10):1290-6. doi: 10.1200/JCO.2010.30.6985. Epub 2011 Feb 28.

*   Includes publications given by the data provider as well as publications identified by Identifier (NCT Number) in Medline.
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  • Histologically confirmed malignancy at any stage
  • Enrolled on any cooperative group-sponsored cancer treatment trial (treatment has not yet started), including trials on the Cancer Trials Support Unit


  • Any performance status allowed
  • Must be able to follow directions in English
  • Sufficient cognitive and psychological function to give consent


  • See Disease Characteristics
65 Years and older
Contact information is only displayed when the study is recruiting subjects
United States
CDR0000523527, CALGB-360401
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Cancer and Leukemia Group B
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Study Chair: Alice B. Kornblith, PhD Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
May 2010

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