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Psychosocial Needs and Exploration of Online Support for Patients With Mesothelioma

Brief Summary

The aim of this study is to learn about how mesothelioma affects patients' emotional and physical well-being. Also, the investigators would like to learn more about what patients need and how they deal with this illness. This information can help us find ways to lessen physical and emotional strains. Part of the study tests an alternate way of giving emotional support through the Internet. By providing support online, patients can participate in the comfort of their home.

Tracking Information
First Received DateMay 17, 2011
Last Changed DateApril 17, 2017
Start DateMay 2011
Anticipated Primary Completion DateNovember 2018
Primary Outcome Measures

To describe the psychological needs of patients with mesothelioma. [Time Frame: 1 year]

Secondary Outcome Measures

the aim is to explore the acceptability and promise of an Internet-based discussion group for patients with mesothelioma. [Time Frame: 1 year]

Descriptive Information
Study TypeInterventional
  • Mesothelioma
  • Behavioral: Questionnaires & online virtual support group
  • Behavioral: Questionnaires & online virtual support group
Study Arms / Comparison Groups2 / 0
Recruitment Information
Recruitment StatusActive, not recruiting
Actual Enrollment107
Ages18 Years - N/A
Accepts Healthy VolunteersNo
Eligibility Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

- Diagnosis of pleural mesothelioma and receiving care at MSKCC

- At least 18 years of age or older

- Able to read and speak English

- Patients who choose to participate in the Internet-based discussion groups, need a telephone, a computer, Internet access, and an e-mail account.

Exclusion Criteria:

- Significant psychiatric or cognitive disturbance sufficient, in the investigator's judgment, to preclude providing informed consent or participating in a group-format intervention (i.e., acute psychiatric symptoms which require individual treatment).

Administrative Information
Responsible PartySponsor
SponsorMemorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Verification DateApril 2017
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