FEASIBILITY OF A NURSING INTERVENTION TO REDUCE PAIN, FATIGUE, AND DEPRESSION IN PANCREATIC CANCER PATIENTS AND THEIR CAREGIVERS
About the Study
The purpose of this research study is to see if an online nursing intervention can reduce overall suffering for pancreatic cancer patients and their caregivers. We want to assess the practicality and acceptability of an online cognitive behavioral therapy (iCBT) led by cancer nurses along with education and coaching for patient-caregiver pairs who may be feeling depressive symptoms. We will look at changes in feelings of pain, fatigue, depression, and overall quality of life over time. We will also test the practicality and acceptability of using a smartphone application called chemowave to track symptoms over time. This study is being funded by the Hirshberg Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research.
What will happen if I participate?
Complete questionnaires that ask you about your mood, symptoms, medication management, sleep, social support, quality of life, and satisfaction with care. This will take about 10-15 minutes to complete.
If you and your caregiver do not have depressive symptoms, we will ask you to use the chemowave app to track your symptoms for 12 weeks.
If you or your caregiver have depressive symptoms, you will both receive 6-weeks of iCBT at no cost.
Everyone will be asked to complete the questionnaires again at 2, 4, 6, and 12 weeks after enrollment.
Am I eligible?
You are eligible if you have been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer or you are a caregiver for someone with pancreatic cancer, and you have no history of dementia, bipolar disorder, or schizophrenia.
What happens during iCBT?
You will have access to MoodGym, an online CBT program.
You will have weekly online sessions with the nurse therapist to talk about depressive thoughts and how to cope with them.
Benefits to you:
No costs for iCBT or chemowave
Track your symptoms
Help us learn about interventions to improve quality of life and depressive symptoms for pancreatic cancer patients and caregivers
Principal Investigators: Dr. Lynn Doering, Dr. Eunice Lee
Study Contact: Belinda Chen
UCLA Agi Hirshberg Center for Pancreatic Diseases, https://www.uclahealth.org/pancreas/default.cfm
Hirshberg Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research, http://pancreatic.org/
National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR), https://www.ninr.nih.gov/