Culturally-Informed Counseling in Latinas at High Risk for Hereditary Breast or Ovarian Cancer
No Evidence of Disease - BRCA1 Syndrome - BRCA2 Syndrome - Hereditary Female Breast Carcinoma - Hereditary Ovarian Carcinoma
Conditions: official terms
Breast Neoplasms - Carcinoma - Ovarian Neoplasms - Syndrome
Study Type
Study Phase
Study Design
Allocation: Randomized, Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Open Label, Primary Purpose: Supportive Care
Name: questionnaire administration Type: Other
Name: survey administration Type: Other
Name: counseling intervention Type: Other
Name: educational intervention Type: Other
Overall Status
This pilot clinical trial studies a culturally-informed counseling intervention in Latinas at high risk for hereditary breast or ovarian cancer. A culturally-informed counseling intervention may be an effective method to help people learn more about their cancer risk.
Detailed Description

I. To conduct a randomized trial of a culturally-informed pre-genetic cancer risk assessment (GCRA) telephone intervention.

II. To evaluate the effect of the pre-GCRA intervention versus a time and attention control versus standard scheduling procedure alone (usual care) on levels of anxiety, perceived personal control and cancer genetics knowledge.

III. To explore patients' experiences with the pre-GCRA intervention through post-intervention telephone interviews.


I. To explore patients' perceived barriers to GCRA through no-show telephone interviews.


Patients are randomized to 1 of 3 treatment arms.

ARM I: Patients receive a culturally-informed adapted motivational interviewing telephone call.

ARM II: Patients participate in a controlled condition comprising a health habits intervention group.

ARM III: Patients receive usual care comprising a standard scheduling phone call and proceed with normal GCRA process. All patients are mailed standard new patient packets containing questionnaires on demographics and personal health history, and a family history form. All patients then undergo genetic cancer risk assessment.
Criteria for eligibility
Healthy Volunteers: Accepts Healthy Volunteers
Maximum Age: N/A
Minimum Age: 18 Years
Gender: Female
Criteria: Inclusion Criteria:

- Individuals who have a personal history of hereditary breast or ovarian cancer; a subset of 60 women without a personal history of hereditary or ovarian cancer will be included in an exploratory subset analysis

- Meet NCCN criteria for consideration of genetic testing for hereditary breast cancer

- Willing to sign consent

- Pregnant women and women of child-bearing potential are eligible for participation in this study

- Women who report themselves to be of Latino or Hispanic ethnic background (defined as Spanish, Mexican, Central or South American, Cuban, Puerto Rican, Dominican, or other Hispanic origin)

- Women who are under- or uninsured and come from low-income communities

- Ability to understand English or Spanish

Exclusion Criteria:

- Previous participation in GCRA
City of Hope Medical Center
Duarte, California, United States
Status: Recruiting
Contact: Jeffrey Ne Weitzel - 800-826-4673
University of Southern California-Keck School of Medicine
Los Angeles, California, United States
Status: Recruiting
Contact: Charite Ricker, MS, CGC - 323-226-2289 -
Olive View-UCLA Medical Center
Sylmar, California, United States
Status: Recruiting
Contact: Lori Viveros, MPH - 818-364-3562 -
Start Date
September 2010
City of Hope Medical Center
City of Hope Medical Center
Record processing date processed this data on July 28, 2015 page