Last updated on November 2018

Post-op Wellness Program for Pancreatic Cancer Patients That Uses Patient Feedback and Real-time Provider Monitoring


Are you eligible to participate in this study?

You may be eligible for this study if you meet the following criteria:

  • Conditions: Stage III Major Salivary Gland Cancer AJCC v7 | Stage II Oral Cavity Cancer AJCC v6 and v7 | Stage IIIA Colorectal Cancer AJCC v7 | Colorectal Cancer | Current Smoker | Cancer Survivors | Stage IVA Oral Cavity Cancer AJCC v6 and v7 | Stage IVB Laryngeal Cancer AJCC v7 | Stage III Hypopharyngeal Carcinoma AJCC v7 | Stage IVA Major Salivary Gland Cancer AJCC v7 | Stage IVA Hypopharyngeal Carcinoma AJCC v7 | Stage I Oral Cavity Cancer AJCC v6 and v7 | Stage I Major Salivary Gland Cancer AJCC v7 | Stage IIA Colorectal Cancer AJCC v7 | Stage II Colorectal Cancer AJCC v7 | Stage IIC Colorectal Cancer AJCC v7 | Stage IVB Major Salivary Gland Cancer AJCC v7 | head and neck cancer | Stage I Hypopharyngeal Carcinoma AJCC v7 | Stage III Oropharyngeal Carcinoma AJCC v7 | Stage IVA Oropharyngeal Carcinoma AJCC v7 | Pancreatic Cyst | Stage IVA Colorectal Cancer AJCC v7 | Stage IVB Colorectal Cancer AJCC v7 | Stage IV Colorectal Cancer AJCC v7 | Stage IIIB Colorectal Cancer AJCC v7 | Stage IVB Hypopharyngeal Carcinoma AJCC v7 | Stage IVA Nasopharyngeal Carcinoma AJCC v7 | Stage III Nasopharyngeal Carcinoma AJCC v7 | Cancer Survivor | Stage III Colorectal Cancer AJCC v7 | Stage III Laryngeal Cancer AJCC v6 and v7 | Stage II Oropharyngeal Carcinoma AJCC v6 and v7 | Former Smoker | Stage I Oropharyngeal Carcinoma AJCC v6 and v7 | Stage IIIC Colorectal Cancer AJCC v7 | Stage IVB Oropharyngeal Carcinoma AJCC v7 | Metastatic Malignant Neoplasm in the Neck | Advanced Cancers | Stage I Colorectal Cancer AJCC v6 and v7 | Stage IVB Nasopharyngeal Carcinoma AJCC v7 | Cancer | Pancreatic Adenocarcinoma | Stage IIB Colorectal Cancer AJCC v7 | Stage II Nasopharyngeal Carcinoma AJCC v7 | Stage III Oral Cavity Cancer AJCC v6 and v7 | Stage II Major Salivary Gland Cancer AJCC v7 | Stage IVB Oral Cavity Cancer AJCC v6 and v7 | Islet cell carcinoma | Metastatic Malignant Neoplasm in the Uterine Cervix | Recurrent Colorectal Carcinoma | Stage IVA Laryngeal Cancer AJCC v7 | Stage I Nasopharyngeal Carcinoma AJCC v7 | Stage II Hypopharyngeal Carcinoma AJCC v6 and v7
  • Age: Between 18 - 100 Years
  • Gender: Male or Female

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Diagnosis of any stage I - IV colorectal cancer or recurrent colorectal cancer (Arm 1)
  • Able to speak, read, and write in English (Pre-pilot phase, Arms 1-4)
  • Able to provide informed consent (Pre-pilot phase, Arms 1-4, PCS study)
  • Lives in the Houston area (Harris county or a contiguous county) (Pre-pilot phase)
  • Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG) status of 0 - 2, or self-reports being up and about more than 50% of waking hours and able to provide self-care (Arm 1)
  • Diagnosis of any of the following cancers: stage 1-4b oropharyngeal, hypopharyngeal, nasopharyngeal, salivary gland or oral cavity; stage 3-4b laryngeal; any unknown primary head and neck cancer with cervical metastasis that will be addressed with treatment to bilateral necks and mucosa; or other head and neck cancers medically approved by one of our Radiation Oncology collaborating medical doctors (MDs) (Arms 2 and 3)
  • History of any cancer, other than non-melanoma skin cancer (Arm 4)
  • Admitted to being a current smoker or recent quitter upon admission to MD Anderson Cancer Center (MDACC) (Arm 4)
  • Has a valid home address and functioning home telephone number (Arm 4)
  • Lives in the Houston or surrounding area, or resides in this same area during the time period that coincides with this study (Arms 1-4)
  • Patients who will undergo curative pancreatectomy for pancreatic adenocarcinoma, pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors, or pancreatic cysts (malignant or benign) (PCS study)
  • Fluent in English (PCS study)
  • Must have telephone access and agree to engage with research personnel using telephone (PCS study)

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Major surgery in the past 8 weeks (Arms 1 and 4)
  • Self-reports hypertension that is not being monitored by a physician and is not being managed with either medication, observation, or lifestyle change (Pre-pilot phase, Arms 1-3)
  • Overt cognitive difficulty demonstrated by not being clearly oriented to time or person or place (Arms 1-4)
  • Orthopedic, neurologic, or musculoskeletal disability that would interfere with the functional task of standing on a weight scale (Pre-pilot phase, Arm 2)
  • Not currently receiving radiation treatment for a cancer listed in the arm-specific inclusion criteria (Arms 2 and 3)
  • Zubrod performance status > 2, or self-reports either not being up and about more than 50% of waking hours or unable to provide self-care (Arms 2 and 3)
  • Currently receiving treatment for a cancer other than those listed in the arm-specific inclusion criteria (exception: the study does not exclude those receiving treatment for non-melanoma skin cancer) (Arms 2 and 3)
  • History of current oropharyngeal dysphagia unrelated to cancer diagnosis (e.g. dysphagia due to underlying neurogenic disorder) (Arm 3 only)
  • Active substance use disorder (diagnosed or strongly suspected) (Arm 4)
  • Currently enrolled in protocol 2014-0712 (PCS study)
  • No home access to internet (PCS study)
  • No home WiFi connection (PCS study)
  • During clinician's pre-surgical evaluation, presents with high risk for non-therapeutic resection related to cancer diagnosis (PCS study)
  • Underlying unstable cardiac or pulmonary disease or symptomatic cardiac disease (New York Heart Association functional class III or IV) (PCS study)
  • Recent fracture or acute musculoskeletal injury that precludes the ability to fully bear weight on all 4 limbs in order to participate in an exercise intervention (PCS study)
  • Poorly-controlled pain with a self-reported pain score of 7/10 at the time of enrollment (PCS study)
  • Myopathic or rheumatologic disease that impacts physical function (PCS study)
  • Has a pacemaker or other internal medical device, or reports being pregnant (PCS study)

Recruitment Status: Open


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