Intervention to Increase Chemotherapy Tolerance in Elderly Cancer Patients
Colonic Neoplasms
Conditions: official terms
Colonic Neoplasms
Conditions: Keywords
Colonic neoplasms, Older adults, Psychosocial Intervention, Chemotherapy adherence
Study Type
Study Phase
Phase 1
Study Design
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment, Masking: Open Label, Primary Purpose: Supportive Care
Name: Behavioral Intervention
Type: Behavioral
Overall Status
The purpose of this study is to develop and pilot test a behavioral intervention for elderly adults in treatment for colon cancer, to enhance their skills for managing the challenges of completing chemotherapy regimens. The investigators will assess feasibility and acceptability of the intervention, and explore preliminary efficacy of the intervention for reducing psychological distress and improving rates of optimal chemotherapy adherence.
Criteria for eligibility
Healthy Volunteers: No
Maximum Age: N/A
Minimum Age: 60 Years
Gender: Both
Criteria: Inclusion Criteria:

- Age 60 or older

- Verbal fluency in English

- Diagnosis of colon cancer

- Scheduled to initiate chemotherapy treatment for colon cancer

Exclusion Criteria:

- Active, unstable, untreated serious mental illness interfering with ability to participate

- Cognitive impairment interfering with ability to participate

- Receiving radiotherapy concomitant with chemotherapy
Massachusetts General Hospital
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Status: Recruiting
Contact: Lara Traeger, PhD - 617-643-4314 -
Start Date
December 2012
Completion Date
December 2014
Massachusetts General Hospital
Massachusetts General Hospital
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