An Internet-based Cancer Symptom Management Study


                        About the WRITE Symptoms Study


Who is carrying out this research study?

The Written Representational Intervention To Ease Symptoms, or WRITE Symptoms research study is being conducted through a collaboration between researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing and the Gynecologic Oncology Group.  Funding for the study comes from the National Cancer Institute and the National Institute of Nursing Research . 

 What is the study about?

The goal of the WRITE Symptoms research study is to see whether web-based educational programs can help women with recurrent ovarian cancer better manage ovarian cancer symptoms and side effects of treatment.  No direct patient care, prescriptions or recommendations about medications or dosages will be given to study participants. Our aim is to support and facilitate communication between participants and their healthcare providers. 

                                                                  Medical Disclaimer

The information provided in this study should never be used as a replacement for direct and specific consultation with healthcare providers.  It is important that all women contact or see their professional healthcare team if they have any specific questions about symptoms, ovarian cancer, medication or possible drug reactions.  If there is a new symptom or increase in severity of an existing symptom, this should be reported to the healthcare team or emergency medical services immediately.

Who is eligible for the study?

Generally speaking, women are eligible for the study if they have a diagnosis of recurrent ovarian, fallopian tube, or primary peritoneal cancer, are experiencing three or more symptoms, are over 18 years of age, and have access to the Internet and email, and are able to read and write in English. 

What is involved with study participation?

If you choose to join the study, you will:

Be required to fill out questionnaires on the study’s Web site every month for a year.

The first set of questionnaires take 20–40 minutes.

All other questionnaire sets take 10–20 minutes.

 Be assigned by chance (like flipping a coin) to one of three study groups.

 Study Group 1 (nurse-delivered WRITE) will:

Use a private and secure Internet message board (like e-mail).

Read and write messages back and forth with a nurse over a period of six to eight weeks.

Receive symptom management ideas from a research nurse.

Develop a symptom management plan with a research nurse.

Write three to four messages per week, spending 15–30 minutes on each message.

Complete an online survey every four weeks for one year.

 Study Group 2 (self-directed WRITE) will:

Work through an interactive symptom management computer program.

Read, write, and select information from the program over a period of six to eight weeks.

Receive symptom management ideas from the computer program.

Develop a symptom management plan using the computer program.

Spend 30–60 minutes on the program during the first week and 15–30 minutes all other weeks.

Complete an online survey every four weeks for one year.

 Study Group 3 (care as usual) will:

Receive standard symptom management care (also called care as usual) from their health care team.

Complete an online survey every four weeks for one year.

This study is a National Cancer Institute approved clinical trial. You can read more detailed information about the study at NCI's PDQ Cancer Clinical Trials Registry: GOG-0259

 

 

 

 

 

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