Patient Navigation Program for Malignancies

Newly Diagnosed
Recruiting · 18+ · All Sexes · Boston, MA

This study is evaluating whether a patient navigation program can help improve cancer screening rates and reduce barriers to timely care.

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About the trial for Malignancies

Treatment Groups

This trial involves 2 different treatments. Patient Navigation Program is the primary treatment being studied. Participants will all receive the same treatment. There is no placebo group. The treatments being tested are not being studied for commercial purposes.

Main TreatmentA portion of participants receive this new treatment to see if it outperforms the control.
Patient Navigation Program
Control TreatmentAnother portion of participants receive the standard treatment to act as a baseline.
Usual Care


This trial is for patients born any sex aged 18 and older. You must have received newly diagnosed for Malignancies. There are 6 eligibility criteria to participate in this trial as listed below.

Inclusion & Exclusion Checklist
Mark “yes” if the following statements are true for you:
Adult patients (age 18 and older)
Newly diagnosed with cancer referred from Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) community health centers in
surrounding communities referred to receive cancer treatment at the MGH Cancer Center
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Odds of Eligibility
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Approximate Timelines

Please note that timelines for treatment and screening will vary by patient
Screening: ~3 weeks
Treatment: varies
Reporting: 2 years
Screening: ~3 weeks
Treatment: Varies
Reporting: 2 years
This trial has approximate timelines as follows: 3 weeks for initial screening, variable treatment timelines, and reporting: 2 years.
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Measurement Requirements

This trial is evaluating whether Patient Navigation Program will improve 2 primary outcomes and 11 secondary outcomes in patients with Malignancies. Measurement will happen over the course of 2 years.

Patient Satisfaction With Patient Navigation Program (PNP)
Patient satisfaction with patient navigation program (PNP) to be measured via the validated Patient Satisfaction with Navigation - 1 (PSN-1).
Proportion Of Patients Enrolled In Clinical Trials
Proportion of participants in the study that enroll on a clinical trial.
Overall Survival
Overall survival rate of the study population.
Overall Missed Health Care Visits
Number of scheduled health care visits missed by enrolled patients.
Adherence With Cancer Treatment
Adherence with cancer treatment will be measured as no-show rate to scheduled oncology appointments.
Health Related Quality Of Life
Health related quality of life measured via the validated Functional Assessment of Cancer Therapy - General (FACT-G).
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Who is running the study

Principal Investigator
S. P.
Sanja Percac-Lima, MD
Massachusetts General Hospital

Patient Q & A Section

Please Note: These questions and answers are submitted by anonymous patients, and have not been verified by our internal team.

What is malignancies?

Malignancies are any disease that involves malignant (disease that has lost control under appropriate circumstances) and/or invasive behaviour of cells or their parts. It can be classified based on whether it originates mainly from the lymphoid, blood (endothelium-based), or epithelial tissues. Malignancies are marked by malignant cells (cancer) that have invaded healthy tissue or by malignant cells that have not yet invaded. Because malignancies are not only dangerous, but also extremely debilitating and life-threatening, prompt diagnosis and treatment are critical.

Anonymous Patient Answer

What are common treatments for malignancies?

There are two types of cancer that are frequently cured: Hodgkin's disease, and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Radiation therapy may help cure both Hodgkin's disease and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Surgery is used to treat some cases of breast cancer, skin cancer, and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Surgery is often used to remove the tumor in people with colon cancer. Treatment of prostate cancer may include surgery, radiation, and hormonal therapy. Surgery is also commonly performed to treat skin cancer or to remove the tumor associated with cancer of the liver or stomach. Chemotherapy, such as that used for acute lymphocytic leukemia, has been shown to treat acute myeloid leukemia.

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How many people get malignancies a year in the United States?

About 18 million Americans are expected to be diagnosed with cancer in 2020. This means 5% of Americans will be diagnosed with cancer in 2020.

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What are the signs of malignancies?

Common symptoms of cancer include fever, weight loss, or pain in the chest, neck, or jaw. These may be associated with other symptom groups including: bleeding, nausea, diarrhea, and changes in stool or stool stools. Fever and lethargy should lead a physician to consider pneumonia or anemia and should also prompt blood tests. The presence of changes on a chest X-ray, as well as CT scans are indications of possible cancer of the lungs.

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What causes malignancies?

Malignancies have a variety of causes, with genetic susceptibility being a major one. Many cancer types have risk factors that can be changed or even eliminated.

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Can malignancies be cured?

If the tumor can be cured, then it is a cure. For example, if malignant tumor cell is killed by a given treatment, the cancer has been cured. The probability of cure can be calculated from the degree of effectiveness by the logarithmid scale and the time and dose of a given treatment. It should be stressed that there is not always any connection between the degree of cure and the degree of toxicity.

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What are the latest developments in patient navigation program for therapeutic use?

The concept of the patient navigation is still in a progressive development. A comprehensive patient navigation program is a critical factor for the improvement of a quality of life. It may be associated with patient satisfaction and success in achieving therapeutic goals. There are different patient navigators and different approaches to the development. New trends in patient navigation programs should be further explored and the effectiveness of the programs needs to be addressed. The ultimate goal of patient navigation is to establish a successful patient-centered care which is highly desired by the participants.

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What is the average age someone gets malignancies?

The average age of people of all ages can develop malignancies since cancers are a health hazard that leads to death. Since cancer is a health concern of all ages, and it needs medical attention with doctors, [power( is the safest and best treatment for people of all ages with the help of doctors. The treatment will help people get the required care as well as treat the patients symptom and minimize the patients risk of further complications.

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What is patient navigation program?

A patient navigator helps patients with chronic disease navigate the cancer care system and helps educate them about their disease and their options, such as treatments. In particular, a patient navigator has the opportunity to discuss medical issues with the patient, as well as help the patient understand both the complexities and benefits of their specific disease. It is my hope that, by educating the patients to better understand their disease, to be better prepared to manage it and to take control of their disease, the patient navigation program will help decrease health care utilization and therefore improve patient outcomes.

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What are the common side effects of patient navigation program?

There were a few common side effects of the SNP. Overall, the side effects were minimal in the SNP group relative to in the control group.

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Does patient navigation program improve quality of life for those with malignancies?

Patient navigators are better than patients for their patient-centered quality of life. Patients who participate in navigator-led care have fewer symptom concerns and fewer health care visits than those who only receive physician care. They also report higher levels of satisfaction with care.

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What is the latest research for malignancies?

The use of targeted agents has given a new focus to the management of patients with malignancies, and researchers report a number of trials underway.

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