Randomized Trial Comparing Psychosocial Interventions for Cancer Patients


To evaluate the effects of support, psychoeducational and lifestyle intervention on the quality of life of cancer patients.


In 2005, about 59,730 individuals in Illinois were diagnosed with some form of cancer. Approximately 64% of these individuals will survive at least five years. Cancer diagnosis and survivorship present unique physical and psychological challenges. In efforts to assist those affected by cancer, there are 12 community based cancer organizations in the Chicago Metropolitan area that served nearly 60,000 in 2004. The overarching mission of these ameliorate the pain and suffering of those affected by cancer. These services typically include psychosocial support groups, pyschoeducational programs, and/or, more recently, lifestyle behavior interventions. Although there are data to support positive outcomes related to these interventions, few randomized studies have explored their effects using a comprehensive measure of quality of life (QOL), and no studies have compared the relative effects of these interventions on QOL. This study will address this deficit in the literature. In partnership with Wellness House, a community based cancer support organization; we will examine the relative effects of a support, psychoeducational and lifestyle intervention on QOL. We will also examine their effects on mood, coping skills, and diet and physical activity patterns.

Research Partner(s)

American Cancer Society, Inc.
Wellness House (Hinsdale, IL)

Principal investigator
Funding Agency

American Cancer Society (Illinois Division)

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For more information, contact
Melinda Stolley, PhD
Assistant Professor of Health Promotion and Research
(312) 996-0523