Clinical Trial 18495

Cancer Type:

Study Type: Other
Phase of Study: NA

  • Maija Reblin


Study Title

Caregiver Relationship Quality and Communication in Advanced Cancer Care


The purpose of this study is to better understand how advanced cancer patients and their spouse/partners interact and communicate at home and how spouse/partner stress levels change over time. While there is a lot of research on how people talk to each other, very few studies look at a normal "day in the life" of couples coping with serious disease. We hope that by learning more about how couples coping with advanced cancer interact together on a regular basis, we can ultimately help improve this experience for others in the future. 100 couples will be recruited from clinics and the infusion room at Moffitt Cancer Center.


1. Describe relationship quality between spouse/partner CGs and advanced cancer patients and the correlates to psychological health outcomes of anxiety, burden, and depression among CGs. 2. Identify the impact of relationship quality between spouse/partner CGs and cancer patients on daily stress (ambulatory blood pressure and self report) and communication patterns; 3.Identify the relationship between communication and CG stress.

Inclusion Criteria

  • Participants will be patients with Stage III or IV or recurring breast, gynecological, prostate, non-small-cell lung, or colorectal cancer
  • Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG) scores of 0-2 or Karnofsky Performance Status (KPS) scores of 70+
  • A prognosis of greater than 6 months
  • Undergoing active treatment at the Moffitt Cancer Center (MCC)
  • Patients with spouse/partners who identify as providing some care and who agree to participate
  • Patient and spouse/partner CG participants must be over 18 and cohabitating
  • Because of the communication aspect of the study, all participants must be English-speaking and understanding with no severe cognitive impairments.