Self-affirmation Intervention for People Newly Diagnosed With Advanced Cancer

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    University of Arkansas
Updated on 14 June 2022
cancer diagnosis
advanced cancer
primary cancer
solid tumor


A diagnosis of cancer may challenge one's former assumptions and beliefs about themselves and the world and potentially compromise quality of life (QOL). The primary aim of the study is to explore the preliminary efficacy of an intervention to protect individuals from the negative psychological impact of the cancer diagnosis. The secondary aim is to test the validity of the 12-item Functional Assessment of Chronic Illness Therapy- Spiritual Well-Being Scale (FACIT-Sp-12), in its current and revised forms. Potential participants will be referred and enrolled from two study sites as per protocol: the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) and the Arkansas Hospice respectively, and will be asked to write as guided by the researcher for 4 weeks. Study outcomes will be assessed at baseline, 2-, 6- and 8-weeks post baseline. It is hypothesized that self-affirmation at the time following a diagnosis of an advanced cancer by affirming values or beliefs that are salient to self will help enhance self-esteem, reinforce spiritual well-being, decrease levels of anxiety or depression, and improve QOL.

Condition Neoplasms
Treatment Self-affirmation writing
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT05235750
SponsorUniversity of Arkansas
Last Modified on14 June 2022


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Inclusion Criteria

within 8 weeks of being informed of diagnosis (primary or recurrent)
cancer stage III or IV of a primary solid tumor, or a high-grade hematological malignancy, and
age 18 years or older

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medical condition precluding participation (e.g., too ill or fatigued, acute mental confusion as determined by the treating physician), or
enrolled in other psychosocial experiments
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