Improving Communication for Cancer Treatment: Addressing Concerns of Older Cancer Patients and Caregivers

  • End date
    Jan 31, 2025
  • participants needed
  • sponsor
    M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
Updated on 10 August 2022
treatment regimen
cancer treatment
primary cancer
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To improve patient-centered outcomes for older patients with cancer considering or receiving chemotherapy and their caregivers. To do this, the project team will (a) establish the effectiveness of GA on communication about age-related concerns, patient and caregiver satisfaction with communication about age-related concerns, quality of life, and patient-reported side effects of chemotherapy; (b) evaluate the success of the implementation strategies on the adoption, reach, and fidelity of implementing the GA in community oncology practices; and (c) identify the resources needed to implement GA and the GA-guided recommendations in community oncology practices for older patients considering or receiving chemotherapy.


  • Establish the effectiveness of GA on patient and caregiver satisfaction and communication about age-related concerns for older patients receiving chemotherapy in community oncology practices.
  • Evaluate the success of our implementation strategies on the reach, adoption, and fidelity of implementing the GA in community oncology practices.
  • Identify the resources needed to implement GA and the GA-guided recommendations in community oncology practices for older patients receiving chemotherapy.

Condition Cancer, Aging, Communication
Treatment Geriatric assessment
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT05436327
SponsorM.D. Anderson Cancer Center
Last Modified on10 August 2022


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Inclusion Criteria

Aged 18 years and older
Fluent in English (reading and speaking)
Have access to computer, laptop, tablet, or smart phone

Exclusion Criteria

• Unable to provide consent
Inclusion of Special Populations
Employees. The rationale for including employees is to gain a better understanding of how
we can improve cancer care for older patients with cancer receiving chemotherapy. It is
possible that some employees may be pregnant women or military personnel. We intend to
include these individuals as long as they meet the inclusion and exclusion criteria because
this is a clinical improvement project to promote the implementation of the GA in routine
clinical practice and should have external validity. These individuals would not be
excluded in other clinical improvement projects outside of a research study
Other special populations. This study will not include other special subject populations
(students, Non-English-Speaking Populations, Minors, Human Fetuses; Neonates (infants under
days old), prisoners/detainees (wards)) because the purpose of the study is to
understand the implementation of the GA in clinical oncology practices and its impact on
patients 65+ with cancer and their care partners satisfaction with care, communication
about their care, quality of life, and patient (65+) reported toxicities
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