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Educational Counseling in Improving Communication and Quality of Life in Spouses and Breast Cancer Patients

Complete title: Psychoeducation for Spouses/Partners of Women with Breast Cancer

Research Study Number       8061
Principal Investigator       Frances Lewis
Phase       NA

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Research Study Description

This randomized clinical trial studies educational counseling in improving communication and quality of life in spouses and breast cancer patients. An outpatient education and behavior skills training program may help spouses and patients with breast cancer communicate better and improve quality of life. It is not yet known whether educational counseling is more effective than an educational booklet in improving communication and quality of life.

Eligibility Criteria (must meet the following to participate in this study)

Ages Eligible for Study: 18 Years to 90 Years

Genders Eligible for Study: Both

- Spouses (in both heterosexual couples and same-sex couples) of women diagnosed within the past 6 months with stage 0, I, II or III breast cancer (in situ/local/regional disease) will be eligible to participate, as will the diagnosed wife/partner

- Spouses and patients must be married or cohabiting for at least 6 months

- Spouses and patients must have English as one of their languages of choice (they can be multilingual)

- Spouses and patients must live within 25 miles of the University of Washington (UW) study center

- Spouses/partners must be willing to give a sample of blood and/or sputum at time of first and second data collections

Other eligibility criteria may apply.

Exclusions (conditions that would prevent participation in this study)

- Woman diagnosed with stage IV or recurrent breast cancer or who is > 6 months post-diagnosis

- Woman and/or spouse not able to read and write in English

- Spouses could not participate if the ill partner refused participation

Other exclusion criteria may apply.

Research Study Number       8061
Contact       Ellen Zahlis
Telephone       206/995-2915

Breast Cancer; Solid Tumors

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