A Distress Screening and Intervention in Cancer Surgery

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    Baylor College of Medicine
Updated on 9 December 2022
cancer surgery
non-melanoma skin cancer
primary cancer


The goal of this project is to examine initial effectiveness of a brief (2 preoperative, 2 postoperative session) cognitive behaviorally-based telephone intervention compared to standard care on postoperative outcomes for patients who are scheduled to undergo a cancer-related surgery in 12 or more days and screen positive for distress (4 or higher on 0-10 Distress Thermometer). The intervention focuses on improving emotional and physical health through relaxation, behavioral activation, increased physical activity, and adherence to medication and wound care. Participants will be randomly assigned to receive the intervention or to receive standard care. Outcomes assessed 4 and 6 weeks post-operatively will include: Depression (Patient Health Questionnaire-8), anxiety (Generalized Anxiety Disorder-7), health-related QOL (SF-36 MCS and PCS), number and type of complications, length of stay, and 30-day readmission.

Condition Cancer, Stress
Treatment Behavioral Intervention for Wellness and Engaged Living (Be-WEL)
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT03979794
SponsorBaylor College of Medicine
Last Modified on9 December 2022

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