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Expressive Writing and Problem-Solving Therapy for Cancer Survivors

Led By Susan Hong, MD
Research Sponsored by Virginia Commonwealth University
Eligibility Criteria Checklist
Specific guidelines that determine who can or cannot participate in a clinical trial
Must have
Be older than 18 years old
Screening 3 weeks
Treatment Varies
Follow Up week 6
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Study Summary

"This trial will test whether a combination of expressive writing and problem-solving therapy is a feasible and acceptable approach for cancer survivors and informal caregivers."

Who is the study for?
This trial is for English-speaking cancer survivors and their informal caregivers, such as family members or friends who provide the majority of care. Participants must be connected to the Virginia Commonwealth University Massey Cancer Center.Check my eligibility
What is being tested?
The study is testing a combination of Expressive Writing (EW) and Problem-Solving Therapy (PST) to see if it's a feasible and acceptable way to support cancer survivors and their caregivers.See study design
What are the potential side effects?
Since this trial involves writing and therapy sessions, there are no medical side effects. However, participants may experience emotional discomfort when expressing personal thoughts or dealing with challenging problems during sessions.


Screening ~ 3 weeks
Treatment ~ Varies
Follow Up ~week 6
This trial's timeline: 3 weeks for screening, Varies for treatment, and week 6 for reporting.

Treatment Details

Study Objectives

Outcome measures can provide a clearer picture of what you can expect from a treatment.
Primary outcome measures
Completed Journal Entries
Consent Rate
Patient Satisfaction Questionnaire
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Secondary outcome measures
Change in Cancer Communication Assessment Tool for Patients and Families (CCAT-PF) Score from 0 to 6 Weeks
Change in Caregiver Burden Scale (CBS) Score from 0 to 6 Weeks
Change in EORTC Quality of Life Core Scale (EORTC QLQ-30) Score from 0 to 6 Weeks
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Trial Design

1Treatment groups
Experimental Treatment
Group I: Expressive Writing and Problem-Solving TherapyExperimental Treatment1 Intervention
Self-guided expressive writing and problem-solving therapy intervention for adult cancer survivors and adult informal caregivers thereof

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Who is running the clinical trial?

Virginia Commonwealth UniversityLead Sponsor
697 Previous Clinical Trials
22,885,054 Total Patients Enrolled
2 Trials studying Cancer Survivors
71 Patients Enrolled for Cancer Survivors
Susan Hong, MDPrincipal InvestigatorVirginia Commonwealth University
2 Previous Clinical Trials
195 Total Patients Enrolled

Frequently Asked Questions

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Are researchers still actively enrolling participants for this medical study?

"As per the details on clinicaltrials.gov, this particular research study is not presently enrolling participants. Although initially shared on 4/1/2024 and last revised on 2/21/2024, recruitment has ceased. Nonetheless, it's pertinent to note that there are approximately 30 other ongoing trials actively seeking eligible candidates."

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~33 spots leftby Mar 2026