Living with prostate cancer : randomised controlled trial of a multimodal supportive care intervention for men with prostate cancer

Chambers, Suzanne K., Newton, Robert U., Girgis, Afaf, Nielsen, Lisa, Lepore, Stephen, Mihalopoulos, Cathrine, Gardiner, R. A., Galvao, Daniel A. and Occhipinti, Stefano 2011, Living with prostate cancer : randomised controlled trial of a multimodal supportive care intervention for men with prostate cancer, BMC cancer, vol. 11, Article no. 317, pp. 1-8.

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Title Living with prostate cancer : randomised controlled trial of a multimodal supportive care intervention for men with prostate cancer
Author(s) Chambers, Suzanne K.
Newton, Robert U.
Girgis, Afaf
Nielsen, Lisa
Lepore, Stephen
Mihalopoulos, Cathrine
Gardiner, R. A.
Galvao, Daniel A.
Occhipinti, Stefano
Journal name BMC cancer
Volume number 11
Season Article no. 317
Start page 1
End page 8
Total pages 8
Publisher BioMed Central Ltd
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2011
ISSN 1471-2407
Summary Background: Prostate cancer is the most common male cancer in developed countries and diagnosis and treatment carries with it substantial morbidity and related unmet supportive care needs. These difficulties may be amplified by physical inactivity and obesity. We propose to apply a multimodal intervention approach that targets both unmet supportive care needs and physical activity.
Methods/design: A two arm randomised controlled trial will compare usual care to a multimodal supportive care intervention “Living with Prostate Cancer” that will combine self-management with tele-based group peer support. A series of previously validated and reliable self-report measures will be administered to men at four time points: baseline/recruitment (when men are approximately 3-6 months post-diagnosis) and at 3, 6, and 12 months after recruitment and intervention commencement. Social constraints, social support, self-efficacy, group cohesion and therapeutic alliance will be included as potential moderators/mediators of intervention effect. Primary outcomes are unmet supportive care needs and physical activity levels. Secondary outcomes are domain-specific and healthrelated quality of life (QoL); psychological distress; benefit finding; body mass index and waist circumference. Disease variables (e.g. cancer grade, stage) will be assessed through medical and cancer registry records. An economic evaluation will be conducted alongside the randomised trial.
Discussion: This study will address a critical but as yet unanswered research question: to identify a populationbased way to reduce unmet supportive care needs; promote regular physical activity; and improve disease-specific and health-related QoL for prostate cancer survivors. The study will also determine the cost-effectiveness of the intervention.
Language eng
Field of Research 140208 Health Economics
Socio Economic Objective 920207 Health Policy Economic Outcomes
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2011, Chambers et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd.
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Document type: Journal Article
Collection: Population Health
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