This trial has been completed.

Condition breast cancer
Treatment text message application
Sponsor Yale University
Start date October 2014
End date January 2016
Trial size 100 participants
Trial identifier NCT02256670, 1409014658


Pilot study to assess feasibility and patient acceptance of a text message cell phone application for patients with stage I-III, hormone receptor positive breast cancer who start adjuvant endocrine therapy.

United States No locations recruiting
Other countries No locations recruiting

Study Design

Intervention model single group assignment
Primary purpose supportive care
Masking no masking
The study intervention will include a mobile phone two-way text message application. Each prompt described below will generate either a yes (Y)/no (N) or ABCDE(F) response from patients. Each response will generate further prompts resulting in either notification for providers to call patients or relevant phone numbers for patients to call for assistance.
text message application MedAdherence
Two-way text messaging application addressing adherence with adjuvant endocrine therapy

Primary Outcomes

Patient Acceptance of Text Message Program
time frame: 3 months
Adherence to Endocrine Therapy
time frame: 3 months

Secondary Outcomes

Quality of Life
time frame: 3 months

Eligibility Criteria

All participants at least 18 years old.

Inclusion Criteria: - Patients with histologically confirmed stage I-III, estrogen and/or progesterone receptor positive, as defined by ASCO-CAP guidelines, invasive breast cancer for whom adjuvant hormonal therapy is indicated following standard NCCN practice guidelines - Patients may enter the study before or within one month of starting endocrine treatment - Patients with synchronous bilateral breast cancers are eligible if both tumors are hormone receptor positive - Patient must be able to provide informed consent and agree to: - Complete questionnaires according to the pre-specified study design - Own a personal cell phone, agree to receive text messages on a monthly basis (including any costs), and share their personal cell phone number to receive text message reminder - sign consent to allow research staff to contact their pharmacies to determine prescription refill dates Exclusion Criteria: - Patients with ductal carcinoma in situ

Additional Information

Official title Pilot for The Breast Cancer Endocrine Therapy Adherence (BETA) Trial: Efficacy of a Text-messaging Application in Increasing Adherence With Adjuvant Endocrine Therapy for Stage I-III Hormone Receptor Positive Breast Cancer
Principal investigator Sarah Mougalian, MD
Description Approximately 75% of breast cancers express the estrogen and/or progesterone receptor (hormone receptors). The standard of care for women with hormone receptor positive breast cancer is five to ten years of adjuvant endocrine therapy with drugs such as tamoxifen or aromatase inhibitors (AIs). In women with stage I-III breast cancer, treatment with adjuvant endocrine therapy has been shown to reduce recurrences by 30-50% and improve survival. Unfortunately, it is estimated from large population databases that up to 35-40% of patients may discontinue adjuvant endocrine therapy before completing the recommended 5 years for various reasons, and non-adherence may reduce survival. The current protocol is a pilot study in women with hormone receptor positive breast cancer who are beginning adjuvant endocrine therapy, the purpose of which is to assess the feasibility of a two-way text messaging application, with goals for a larger randomized control study to assess if the application will increase adherence and therefore improve disease free survival. This application includes daily text message medication reminders and periodic assessment of side effects and barriers to medication adherence and simultaneously offers assistance for treatment related issues. The investigators will collect information on QOL and financial burden during the 3 month period and will correlate these metrics with adherence. This larger randomized control study would be the first such interventional study to increase adherence with adjuvant endocrine therapy in breast cancer in the US. Our larger randomized control trial would provide the first longitudinal prospectively collected information on QOL, financial burden and adherence over the entire 5-year treatment period in the routine clinical practice setting.
Trial information was received from ClinicalTrials.gov and was last updated in February 2017.
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