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Symptom Inventory for Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumors

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT01178307
Recruitment Status : Unknown
Verified January 2020 by M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.
Recruitment status was:  Active, not recruiting
First Posted : August 10, 2010
Last Update Posted : January 13, 2020
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
M.D. Anderson Cancer Center

Brief Summary:

The goal of this research study is to better understand the symptoms experienced by patients with GIST.

There are 3 parts to this study. In Part 1, participants will complete 1 set of interviews and questionnaires about GIST symptoms. In Part 2, the importance of some symptoms to patients with GIST will be rated by doctors, nurses, patients, and family caregivers. In Part 3, participants will complete questionnaires about GIST symptoms over 1 year.

You are being asked to take part in Part 3 of the study.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment
Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumors Behavioral: Questionnaires Behavioral: Interview Behavioral: MDASI-GIST Questionnaire

Detailed Description:

Symptom Questionnaires:

If you agree to take part in this study, you will complete questionnaires about symptoms you are having. You will be asked to fill these out 1 time a week during the first 2 months after surgery, 1 time a week during the first 3 months of a new therapy, and every 2 weeks at other times. The questionnaire will ask you to rate how severe your symptoms are and how the symptoms effect the activities of your daily life. The symptom questionnaire should take about 5 minutes to complete. You will complete the questionnaire during the first study visit and at your regular clinic visits.

Between clinic visits, you will be called every 1-2 weeks to complete the questionnaire using an automated telephone system. You can decide what time is most convenient for the automated phone system to call you. If you are not available when the automated system calls, it will call you again at a later time. If you are not reached by the automated phone system after several tries, the study staff will call you. You will be given a secure user name and identification number to use with the automated phone system. The study staff will teach you how to use the automated phone system.

At the clinic visit closest to 3 months after you start the study, you may be seen by a research staff member a second time 1 to 3 days after you completed the symptom questionnaire and asked to fill out the symptom questionnaire again. The research staff member may contact you by phone prior to this clinic visit to arrange times to meet you for the 2 assessments.

Quality-of-Life/Demographic Questionnaires:

At the first visit and the regular clinic visits, you will also rate your overall quality-of-life. This should take about 1 minute to complete.

At the first visit, you will also be asked some demographic questions (such as your age and marital status). Answering these questions should take about 1 minute.

Opinion Questionnaire:

If you are 1 of the first 40 patients enrolled in the study, you will be asked questions about your opinion of the symptom questionnaire at the clinic visit closest to 3 months after you start the study. For example, you will be asked if the symptom questionnaire was easy to understand and complete, and if there were any other questions that should be included. The study staff will use your opinion to decide if changes should be made to the questionnaire or if important symptom questions are missing from the questionnaire. This questionnaire should take about 5 minutes to complete.

Length of Study:

You will be on study for 1 year. You will be off study after you complete the last symptom questionnaire.

This is an investigational study.

Up to 188 participants will take part in this study. Up to 150 participants will be enrolled in Part 3 of this study. All will be enrolled at MD Anderson.

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Study Type : Observational
Actual Enrollment : 187 participants
Observational Model: Cohort
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: Symptom Burden in Patients With Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumors (GISTs)
Actual Study Start Date : July 29, 2010
Estimated Primary Completion Date : July 31, 2020
Estimated Study Completion Date : July 31, 2020

Group/Cohort Intervention/treatment
Part 1
Patient interview and developmental questionnaires
Behavioral: Questionnaires
10 minutes to complete 3 questionnaires for development of MDASI-GIST
Other Name: survey

Behavioral: Interview
Each interview will take approximately 30 minutes.

Part 2
Content Expert Panel (doctors, nurses) + Patients and Caregivers Questionnaire Development
Behavioral: Questionnaires
10 minutes to complete 3 questionnaires for development of MDASI-GIST
Other Name: survey

Part 3
Patient MDASI-GIST Questionnaire
Behavioral: MDASI-GIST Questionnaire
Every 4 weeks for one year
Other Name: survey

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Questionnaire Responses to Symptom Inventory for Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumors [ Time Frame: Patients will be followed on study for 1 year regardless of changes in disease stage or treatments. ]
    Descriptive statistics used to assess the distributional characteristics and demographics of the study population and to report how patients rate symptom severity and interference with function.

Information from the National Library of Medicine

Choosing to participate in a study is an important personal decision. Talk with your doctor and family members or friends about deciding to join a study. To learn more about this study, you or your doctor may contact the study research staff using the contacts provided below. For general information, Learn About Clinical Studies.

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population
UT MD Anderson Cancer Center Sarcoma and Surgical Oncology Clinics GIST Patients, their caregivers, doctors and nurses who are 18 years or older.

Inclusion Criteria:

  1. 18 years of age or older (Patient and family caregiver only)
  2. Ability to speak and read English (All participants)
  3. Residing where IVR service is available (Part 3, Patient only)
  4. Diagnosis of GIST confirmed by pathological analysis (Patient only)
  5. Starting new treatment (either surgical or medical) and planning to be followed at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center (Part 3, Patient only)
  6. Written consent to participate (All participants)
  7. At least 3 months from start of initial treatment (surgical or medical) for GIST (Part 2, Patient only)
  8. Family caregiver also willing to receive packet for expert panel participation (Part 2, Patient only)
  9. Physician or nurse with at least 5 years experience caring for patients with GIST (Professional expert only)
  10. At least one publication in the last 5 years dealing with GIST (Physician professional expert only)
  11. Identification as a family caregiver by a patient with GIST (Family caregiver only)
  12. Patient also willing to receive packet for expert panel participation (Family caregiver only)

Exclusion Criteria:

  1. Medical condition or impaired performance status that would preclude participation in the study (Patient only)
  2. Diagnosis of active psychosis or severe cognitive impairment as determined by primary physician (Patient only)
  3. Active treatment (systemic drug therapy or radiation therapy) for a second malignancy (Patient only)

Information from the National Library of Medicine

To learn more about this study, you or your doctor may contact the study research staff using the contact information provided by the sponsor.

Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT01178307

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United States, Texas
University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Houston, Texas, United States, 77030
Sponsors and Collaborators
M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
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Principal Investigator: Loretta A. Williams, PhD, MSN M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
Additional Information:
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Responsible Party: M.D. Anderson Cancer Center Identifier: NCT01178307    
Other Study ID Numbers: 2010-0267
First Posted: August 10, 2010    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: January 13, 2020
Last Verified: January 2020

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Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Drug Product: No
Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Device Product: No
Keywords provided by M.D. Anderson Cancer Center:
GI cancers
Symptom Severity
Quality of Life
M.D. Anderson Symptom Inventory
patient-reported outcomes
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumors
Neoplasms, Connective Tissue
Neoplasms, Connective and Soft Tissue
Neoplasms by Histologic Type
Gastrointestinal Neoplasms
Digestive System Neoplasms
Digestive System Diseases
Gastrointestinal Diseases