Study of Physical and Psychosocial Rehabilitation Needs of Patients After Diagnosis and Treatment of Upper Gastrointestinal Cancer or Gynecological Cancer
Adenocarcinoma of the Gastroesophageal Junction - Cervical Cancer - Endometrial Cancer - Esophageal Cancer - Fallopian Tube Cancer - Gastric Cancer - Ovarian Cancer - Sarcoma - Vaginal Cancer - Vulvar Cancer
Conditions: official terms
Adenocarcinoma - Esophageal Neoplasms - Fallopian Tube Neoplasms - Stomach Neoplasms - Uterine Cervical Neoplasms - Vaginal Neoplasms - Vulvar Neoplasms
Conditions: Keywords
esophageal cancer, gastric cancer, cervical cancer, fallopian tube cancer, ovarian epithelial cancer, ovarian germ cell tumor, ovarian sarcoma, ovarian stromal cancer, endometrial cancer, uterine sarcoma, vaginal cancer, vulvar cancer, adenocarcinoma of the gastroesophageal junction
Study Type
Study Phase
Study Design
Name: informational intervention Type: Other
Name: assessment of therapy complications Type: Procedure
Name: psychosocial assessment and care Type: Procedure
Overall Status
RATIONALE: Gathering information from patients who have undergone treatment for upper gastrointestinal cancer or gynecological cancer may help doctors learn more about patients' physical and psychosocial rehabilitation needs and plan the best treatment.

PURPOSE: This clinical trial is studying the physical and psychosocial rehabilitation needs of patients after diagnosis and treatment of upper gastrointestinal cancer or gynecological cancer.
Detailed Description


- To explore the patients' perspective of their physical and psychosocial rehabilitation needs following the diagnosis and treatment for an upper gastrointestinal or a gynecological cancer.

- To assess patients' experiences of the physical and social impact of cancer in the treatment and post-treatment phase.

- To explore patients' met and un-met needs.

- To explore the patients' opinion of how it might be possible to manage any of the issues that arise.


- To generate theories and a hypothesis from the data collected for use in a future interventional study.

OUTLINE: The study consist of a series of focus groups that take place in a private room within the Royal Marsden Hospital in the United Kingdom. Patients attend only one focus group session, which is audio-tape recorded. The focus groups discuss and explore the patient's needs and experiences using a semi-structured interview question schedule over 60-90 minutes. The groups are single-sex groups to allow the patients to express themselves freely with respect to any sensitive topics they may wish to discuss. If individual patient issues arise from the group discussions, the lead researcher may refer the patient to a member of the hospital team, the patient's physician, or for appropriate psychological support.

Data from the focus group dialogue and patients' baseline demographic information are analyzed. The results from this study are used to design an interventional study in the Rehabilitation Department.
Criteria for eligibility
Healthy Volunteers: No
Maximum Age: N/A
Minimum Age: 18 Years
Gender: Both

- Diagnosis of upper gastrointestinal (GI) or gynecological cancer

- Must have completed initial treatment for upper GI or gynecological cancer

- Received primary treatment within the Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust

- Will be on a treatment pathway with radical intent or be post-treatment

- Reported that they have experienced a physical or psychosocial need resulting from the disease or its treatment


- Able to attend the specialist center for a focus group session

- Willing and able to articulate their experiences in English

- Not eligible for or receiving palliative or end-of-life care


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Royal Marsden - London
London, England, United Kingdom
Status: Recruiting
Contact: Contact Person - 44-20-7808-2819 -
Start Date
August 2010
Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Record processing date processed this data on July 28, 2015 page