Esophageal Cancer Clinical Trial
Early Palliative Care in Advanced Lung and Gastrointestinal Malignancies
The purpose of this study is to compare two types of care - standard oncology care and standard oncology care with early palliative care (started soon after diagnosis) to see which is better for improving the experience of patients and families with advanced lung and non-colorectal GI cancer. The study will use questionnaires to measure patients' and caregivers' quality of life, mood, coping and understanding of their illness.
Subjects and their caregiver will complete a baseline questionnaire and then be randomized to a study group.
Subjects who are randomized to Standard Oncology Care will follow up with their treating oncologist. They will consult with the palliative care team at their request or at the request of the treating oncologist. They will complete questionnaires at 12 weeks and 24 weeks after enrollment.
Subjects who are randomized to the Standard Oncology Care with Early Palliative Care will meet with a palliative care clinician at their next medical oncology visit or infusion visit. They will meet with the palliative care clinician at least every three weeks. They will complete questionnaires at 12 and 24 weeks after enrollment.
Confirmed metastatic lung cancer (NSCLC, small cell lung cancer, and mesothelioma)or non-colorectal GI cancer (esophageal, gastric and hepatobiliary) not being treated with curative intent
Informed of metastatic disease within the previous 8 weeks
No prior therapy for metastatic disease
Able to read questions in English or willing to complete questionnaires with the assistance of an interpreter
Relative or friend of patient who will likely accompany the patient to clinic visits
Significant psychiatric or other co-morbid disease
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Boston Massachusetts, 02114, United States
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