A Randomized Controlled Trial of an Online Support Group for Sexual Distress Due to Gynecologic Cancer
Sexual Dysfunctions, Psychological - Uterine Cervical Neoplasms - Ovarian Neoplasms - Uterine Neoplasms - Genital Neoplasms, Female
Conditions: official terms
Genital Neoplasms, Female - Neoplasms - Ovarian Neoplasms - Sexual Dysfunctions, Psychological - Uterine Cervical Neoplasms - Uterine Neoplasms
Conditions: Keywords
Sexual Dysfunctions, Psychological, Psychotherapy, Group, Genital Neoplasms, Female, Endometrial Neoplasms, Fallopian Tube Neoplasms, Ovarian Neoplasms, Urogenital Neoplasms, Uterine Cervical Neoplasms, Uterine Neoplasms, Vaginal Neoplasms, Vulvar Neoplasms
Study Type
Study Phase
Study Design
Allocation: Randomized, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Open Label, Primary Purpose: Supportive Care
Name: GyneGals Support Group
Type: Behavioral
Overall Status
There is a high prevalence of sexual and body image problems among women treated for gynecologic cancer, which can lead to considerable distress. Given the sensitive and highly personal nature of these problems, women are often reluctant to speak to their doctors about these concerns and have few resources for support and information. The research team will conduct a prospective randomized controlled trail (RCT) to test the benefits of "GyneGals," a 12-week online (i.e. Internet-based) support group intervention for women who are sexually distressed due to gynecologic cancer and its treatment.

The primary aim of this study is to determine whether a professionally-facilitated, information-rich, online support group is beneficial for women who are sexually distressed due to gynecologic cancer and the side effects of treatment.
Criteria for eligibility
Healthy Volunteers: No
Maximum Age: N/A
Minimum Age: 18 Years
Gender: Female
Criteria: Inclusion Criteria:

- Received surgical, radiation or chemotherapy treatments for any gynecologic cancer

- Not receiving active treatment

- Currently disease-free for a minimum of 3 months

- No more than 5 years post-diagnosis

- Distressed due to psychosexual concerns related to cancer

- Willing to discuss psychosexual concerns

- 18 years or older

- Has access to a computer and the Internet

- Speaks, reads, and writes in English

- Provides informed consent

Exclusion Criteria:

- Acutely suicidal (i.e., actively suicidal within the previous 3 months)

- Has a major psychiatric illness
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
New York, New York, United States
Status: Recruiting
Tom Baker Cancer Centre
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Status: Recruiting
Cross Cancer Institute
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Status: Recruiting
Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Status: Recruiting
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Status: Recruiting
University Health Network (Princess Margaret Hospital)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Status: Recruiting
Women's College Hospital
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Status: Recruiting
Start Date
July 2012
Women's College Hospital
Women's College Hospital
Record processing date
ClinicalTrials.gov processed this data on July 28, 2015
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