This trial is active, not recruiting.

Condition colon cancer
Treatment patient interview
Sponsor Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Collaborator National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Start date October 2008
End date October 2016
Trial size 62 participants
Trial identifier NCT00774839, 08-124


The purpose of this study is to learn more about the social and financial impact of colon cancer for older patients. We want to know how cancer has affected the patient financially and socially, and to know if the patient has resource needs that have gone unmet. By doing this study, we hope to learn about resources that can reduce the financial burden from cancer.

United States No locations recruiting
Other countries No locations recruiting

Study Design

Observational model cohort
Time perspective prospective
Medicare-eligible (≥ or = to 65 years) patients diagnosed with stage II - III colon cancer, are at least 4 months into chemotherapy and up to 7 months post-chemotherapy.
patient interview The interview includes five major topic areas: 1) Demographics and Health; 2) Expenses;
The patient will participate in a semistructured interview conducted by a trained staff member and designed to last approximately 45 minutes. All interviews will take place at least 4 months into or up to 7 months after the end of the treatment, if possible and will be scheduled to occur at the time of the chemotherapy infusion, or at another time at the care facility when it is convenient for the patient. If the patient is not scheduled or chooses not to be at the care facility within a time frame that fits the study parameters, the patient may opt to be interviewed at another location, including the patient's home.

Primary Outcomes

Self-reported expenses associated with colon cancer treatment and living with this illness.
time frame: conclusion of study

Secondary Outcomes

The perceived impact of cancer on patients' overall financial and social well-being.
time frame: conclusion of study
The awareness of cancer support organizations and their utilization of informal and formal supports during treatment.
time frame: conclusion of study
The patients' unmet resource and service needs during treatment.
time frame: conclusion of study
Identify the medical, social and economic risk factors that are most closely associated with perceived adverse impact on financial and social well-being and unmet resource and service needs.
time frame: conclusion of the study

Eligibility Criteria

Male or female participants at least 65 years old.

Inclusion Criteria: - 65 years or older - Newly diagnosed stage II-III colon cancer - Receiving chemotherapy and at least 4-6 months into chemotherapy treatment, or have received chemotherapy and no more than 7 months post-treatment - Sufficient cognitive capacity as determined by investigator or consenting professional - Able to speak English or Spanish - Able to provide informed consent Exclusion Criteria:

Additional Information

Official title A Study of Economic Circumstances, Service Utilization, and Service Needs Among Older Colon Cancer Patients
Principal investigator Elena Elkin, PhD
Trial information was received from ClinicalTrials.gov and was last updated in January 2016.
Information provided to ClinicalTrials.gov by Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.