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A Survivorship Care Plan for Gynaecological Cancer Patients

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01582906
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : April 23, 2012
Last Update Posted : November 24, 2017
University of Surrey
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust

Brief Summary:

After treatment women surviving gynaecological cancer may experience lateeffects and longterm challenges specific to their disease and treatment resulting in functional deficits and a reduction in societal integration (Yabroff et al., 2004, Yadav, 2007). The available research on best models of posttreatment rehabilitation support for women posttreatment for gynaecological cancer is limited. The primary objective of this study is to determine if there is any additional benefit, over usual rehabilitation care, of additional rehabilitation appointments to develop a survivorship care plan on cancer specific health related quality of life.

Secondary objectives are to determine any additional benefit to general selfefficacy, generic health related quality of life or social and health economics for patients who have completed treatment for stage I or II gynaecological cancer. Also to explore the patient's perspectives of the intervention. The study will be open to patients attending the outpatient gynaecological clinics of the Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust having recently completed treatment for Stage I or II gynaecological cancer. They will report that they have experienced a physical or psychosocial need resulting from the disease or its treatment; be aged over 18 years and be willing and able to articulate their needs. The study will last for six months for each participant. It will involve completing questionnaires and attending two extra rehabilitation appointments to develop a survivorship care plan at the hospital may also include attending for an interview about being involved in the study for those randomised to the intervention group

Condition or disease
Adenocarcinoma of the Gastroesophageal Junction Cervical Cancer Endometrial Cancer Esophageal Cancer Fallopian Tube Cancer Gastric Cancer Ovarian Cancer Sarcoma Vaginal Cancer Vulvar Cancer

Detailed Description:

Purpose and design We conducted a preliminary qualitative study last year (Rec Ref 10/H0608/56) where gynaecological patients reported unmet rehabilitation care needs, both physical and psychosocial. At the end of treatment patients said that they were unaware of how to resolve these needs. They also reported that they wanted support and information to manage consequences of cancer and treatment themselves rather than become 'overmedicalised' and require treatment from a professional, if that were possible (Sandsund et al., 2011). Since there is as yet no body of evidence to prove a best model of delivery we have developed this study to reflect the intervention participants in the study suggested would best support them.

During the preliminary study participants made suggestions that may improve their journey through treatment. Of the five focus groups all suggested a meeting in clinic with a rehabilitation professional at the end of their treatment to explore their rehabilitation needs. The intervention was as such described and defined by the patients in the preliminary study.

After the study was analysed and presented to the Rehabilitation Research Group discussions started regarding research questions and a design for this interventional study. The Head of Therapies, a representative from the Psychological Care/ Psychological Support Service and a Nurse Consultant in Living with and Beyond Cancer have been involved in the development of the protocol from the preliminary study in order to ensure its' conduct will be feasible within The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust (RM).

There have been discussions amongst the research group and the authors as to the best way to clinically screen for physical and psychosocial problems. The FACTG, the EORTC and the Distress Thermometer were most thoroughly considered. The Distress Thermometer was chosen as the questions were felt to best cover issues we felt the participant group may have. It has been used in a National Cancer Survivorship Initiative/ Department of Health project for which RM was one of the sites. on evaluation of the project it was found to be clinically useful as a screening tool and was acceptable to our patients.

The European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer Quality of life Questionnaire - C30 (EORTC QLQC30),General Self Efficacy Scale (GSES), Short Form 36 (SF36) were chosen for their wide use in rehabilitation intervention studies because of their ability to detect change over time reliably in cancer populations. We believe that the primary outcome measure the EORTC will be sensitive enough to detect changes due to the intervention. The statistician has given advice to this regard and provided the statistical support for the study to date.

A Health Economist who is involved with other studies at RM has developed the study specific forms to measure the economic evaluation of impact on health and social care provision. She will perform the cost analysis of this information to see if the intervention has had any health or social economic impact. The patient's perspectives of the intervention will be sought using qualitative interviews for a randomised sample of those completing the study. This will be used to assess the acceptability of the intervention to patients.

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Study Type : Observational
Actual Enrollment : 150 participants
Observational Model: Cohort
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: Does a Post Treatment Survivorship Care Plan Improve Gynaecological Cancer Patient's Quality of Life and Self Efficacy? A Mixed Methods Pilot Study.
Actual Study Start Date : August 2011
Actual Primary Completion Date : March 2014
Actual Study Completion Date : April 2015

Control Group
Participants randomised to the control group would receive usual rehabilitation care via the existing referral pathways.
Intervention Group
Participants randomised to the intervention group will be offered two rehabilitation appointments at three month intervals. They will complete the screening tool, the Distress (Concerns) Thermometer before the first appointment; this will be reviewed after three months. Appointments will make use of communication skills recognised to promote motivation via self-efficacy. Self efficacy is a person's belief in their ability to achieve a goal. Their sense of mastery will influence their behaviour, their perception of stress and the effort they put into achieving that goal.

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Change in EORTC [ Time Frame: 6 months ]
    The primary endpoint will be the change from baseline to six months in EORTC global quality of life score. The mean change with 95% confidence interval will be evaluated for each arm. All patients will be included in an ITT analysis: patients with missing data at six months will be assumed to have a change of 0 points from baseline.

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Improvement in Global QOL [ Time Frame: 1 year ]
    Time to improvement in global QOL (EORTC Q30) from baseline - this will be done using Kaplan-Meier type time to event analysis, where an event is defined as a change >ten points from baseline, with patients who do not improve or are lost to follow-up censored at last completed EORTC questionnaire. To be presented graphically by arm, with medians and their 95% confidence intervals reported by arm.

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 60 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Sampling Method:   Probability Sample
Study Population
We aim to capture patients with gynaecological cancers at Stage I or II. Overall there were approximately 500 referrals of patients with Stage I or II gynaecological cancer to the Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust (RM) in the year April 2009 to April 2010. There were 729 gynaecological referrals of all stages of cancer. Of these, 333 were referred to the surgical team and 396 to the medical teams. Of those 729 patients, 378 were referred to the Rehabilitation Department, the majority of whom were referred post-surgery and seen as inpatients, leaving 48% of patients with gynaecological cancer never seen by a rehabilitation professional at RM.

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Participants will: have a diagnosis of and have completed initial treatment for Stage I or II gynaecological cancer;
  • will have recently completed a treatment pathway with radical intent;
  • have received primary treatment at The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust (RM);
  • report that they have experienced a physical or psychosocial need resulting from the disease or it's treatment;
  • be aged over 18 years;
  • be willing and able to articulate their needs.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Those eligible for end-of-life care,
  • those with metastatic disease
  • those that lack capacity to understand the purpose of the study and participate

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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT01582906

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United Kingdom
Royal Marsden Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
London, United Kingdom, SW3 6JJ
Sponsors and Collaborators
Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust
University of Surrey
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Principal Investigator: Clare Shaw, Phd Royal Marsden Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
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Responsible Party: Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01582906    
Other Study ID Numbers: CCR 3664
First Posted: April 23, 2012    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: November 24, 2017
Last Verified: November 2017
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Endometrial Neoplasms
Fallopian Tube Neoplasms
Vulvar Neoplasms
Vaginal Neoplasms
Neoplasms by Site
Genital Neoplasms, Female
Urogenital Neoplasms
Uterine Neoplasms
Adnexal Diseases
Uterine Diseases
Fallopian Tube Diseases
Vulvar Diseases
Vaginal Diseases