Individual life-coaching for Breast Cancer

Phase-Based Progress Estimates
Cedar's Breast Clinic, Royal Victoria Hospital, Montreal, Canada
Breast Cancer+2 More
Individual life-coaching - Behavioral
Eligible conditions

Study Summary

This study is evaluating whether a group coaching session and individual coaching session can improve quality of life and post-traumatic growth in breast cancer survivors.

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Eligible Conditions

  • Breast Cancer
  • Survival Rate (Survivorship)

Treatment Effectiveness

Study Objectives

This trial is evaluating whether Individual life-coaching will improve 1 primary outcome and 2 secondary outcomes in patients with Breast Cancer. Measurement will happen over the course of 12 months.

12 months
Change from baseline Fear of cancer recurrence (FCR) assessed by the Cancer Worry Scale (CWS)
Change from baseline Post-traumatic growth (PTG) assessed by the Post-Traumatic Growth Inventory (PTGI)
Change from baseline Quality of life (QoL) assessed by the Patient-Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System (PROMIS)-Preference

Trial Safety

Trial Design

3 Treatment Groups

Arm 3 - Routine care
1 of 3
Arm 2 - Group only
1 of 3
Arm 1 - Group and Individual
1 of 3
Active Control
Experimental Treatment

This trial requires 120 total participants across 3 different treatment groups

This trial involves 3 different treatments. Individual Life-coaching is the primary treatment being studied. Participants will be divided into 2 treatment groups. There is no placebo group. The treatments being tested are not being studied for commercial purposes.

Arm 2 - Group only
Arm 2 will receive only the first 3 Life coach sessions (group session).
Arm 1 - Group and IndividualParticipants in this experimental Arm 1 will receive the 3 group sessions followed by 4 to 5 individual coaching sessions via phone calls that last 60 minutes each.
Arm 3 - Routine careArm 3 will receive routine care by the Breast clinic team for the entire course of the study.

Trial Logistics

Trial Timeline

Approximate Timeline
Screening: ~3 weeks
Treatment: Varies
Reporting: 12 months
This trial has the following approximate timeline: 3 weeks for initial screening, variable treatment timelines, and roughly 12 months for reporting.

Who is running the study

Principal Investigator
D. S. M.
Dr. Sarkis Meterissian, MD
McGill University Health Centre/Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre

Closest Location

Cedar's Breast Clinic, Royal Victoria Hospital - Montreal, Canada

Eligibility Criteria

This trial is for female patients aged 18 and older. There are 6 eligibility criteria to participate in this trial as listed below.

Mark “yes” if the following statements are true for you:
have been diagnosed with stage I, II, or III breast cancer;
are female breast cancer patients over the age of 18;
have completed anti-cancer treatment via surgery and/or chemotherapy and /or radiation therapy at the McGill University Health Centre Breast Clinic;
are fluent in written and spoken English or French;
are alert and oriented and capable of giving informed consent;
have an Internet connection at home that supports participation in coaching sessions via videoconferencing (zoom).

Patient Q&A Section

Is individual life-coaching typically used in combination with any other treatments?

"Findings from a recent study suggest that life-coaching does not seem to be used routinely in conjunction with other forms of treatment. However, those responding were more likely to use complementary therapies in the last year, including herbal remedies, meditation/mindfulness, and massage therapy." - Anonymous Online Contributor

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What is individual life-coaching?

"Life coaching is a useful tool for helping survivors to make sense of their experiences. The information provided may help them to carry out behavior change objectives. Data from a recent study of this study indicate that an individual life coach approach may be an effective method of providing survivors with support when seeking to deal with the psychological issues associated with a mastectomy." - Anonymous Online Contributor

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What are the chances of developing breast cancer?

"The likelihood of developing breast cancer may vary according to age, family history, lifestyle and ethnicity, gender, hormonal profile, and genetic factors. High BMI, nulliparity, early ages at menarche and late age at first pregnancy increase the probability of developing breast cancer." - Anonymous Online Contributor

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What is the latest research for breast cancer?

"In summary, we believe that several new therapeutic approaches could be developed in the near future. They include targeted therapy (i.e. drugs that target molecules expressed in breast tumors), immunotherapy (i.e. therapy that uses the body's own defenses against tumor growth) and radiotherapy (i.e. the use of radiation as part of therapy)." - Anonymous Online Contributor

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How many people get breast cancer a year in the United States?

"The number of new cases of breast cancer in the U.S. has declined significantly over the past 20 years. However, the rate of incidence remains higher than rates reported in other industrialized countries." - Anonymous Online Contributor

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Who should consider clinical trials for breast cancer?

"Patient characteristics, comorbidities, and family history of breast cancer all influence the likelihood that a woman would opt for or refuse to participate in a clinical trial. When considering participation in a clinical trial, it is important to understand what factors influence patient decision making and how they will react to new information and treatments." - Anonymous Online Contributor

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What are the signs of breast cancer?

"The current study identified several clinical and laboratory features associated with breast cancer. Screening women younger than 50 years of age without a personal history of breast cancer is recommended to identify those who may benefit from more frequent screening." - Anonymous Online Contributor

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How serious can breast cancer be?

"The severity of [breast cancer]( is not predictable. It depends on many factors such as type of cancer, location of tumor, stage of disease at presentation, hormone receptor status, tumor grade, presence or absence of metastasis, age, and ethnicity. Thus, a patient with breast cancer should not expect to be cured of her disease." - Anonymous Online Contributor

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What is the survival rate for breast cancer?

"Survival rates increase steadily with age up to 75 years old. Younger patients have better outcomes and older patients have worse outcomes. Men with Stage I cancers have overall shorter survival than women; however, when adjusted for stage and grade, the difference is no longer significant. Women with TNBC have poorer survival than those with ER+ or PR+ tumors, especially among younger women. Older patients have a worse outcome than younger patients regardless of the tumor type. Patients with HER2-positive tumors have a lower survival than those without HER2. Those with triple-negative tumors have a relatively good prognosis. When comparing patients with different tumor types, those with invasive breast cancer generally fare the worst." - Anonymous Online Contributor

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What is the primary cause of breast cancer?

"Menopause is the major risk factor for breast cancer among middle aged women. The prevalence of breast cancer was found to be higher in working women compared with housewives or those who were unemployed. There was no association between age of menarche and breast cancer. Inversely, nulliparity was significantly associated with increased risk of breast cancer. Poor diet, obesity, and alcohol consumption had inverse relation to breast cancer." - Anonymous Online Contributor

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What does individual life-coaching usually treat?

"Life coaching is not an all-inclusive treatment - nor should it be. Rather, it should focus on addressing the client's needs. This may include addressing the patient's beliefs, hopes, motivations, and goals for their life. A worthwhile aspect of life-coaching is helping clients to mobilize personal strengths that could help them better manage everything else going on in their lives. These strengths are particularly important in the face of adversity. Most often these strengths are the client's own values, beliefs, and self-image. Outcomes studies showed improvements in self-esteem, self-efficacy, and satisfaction with life after being coached." - Anonymous Online Contributor

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