Leveraging Mindsets to Improve Health and Wellbeing in Patients With Cancer

Not Recruiting

Trial ID: NCT03910283


Primary Objectives: Mindsets have been rigorously studied in the domains of development, education, and more recently, in health and disease. However, there are no large-scale longitudinal studies of the mindsets held by cancer patients and how they may affect treatment outcomes, physical health, and psychological well-being. This randomized, single-blind, treatment-as-usual (TAU) control study aims to assess (1) mindsets at four time points spanning from the point of diagnosis to six weeks post-treatment to patients who are newly diagnosed with cancer and undergoing treatment with curative intent, and (2) the impact of a brief but targeted mindset intervention to help instill more useful mindsets about the nature of cancer and the role of the body on patient reported measures of physical and psychological health. This study aims to add to the existing literature on psychosocial interventions for cancer patients and survivors while addressing the substantial time and cost limitations of traditional interventions. It also contributes to the body of research indicating that mindsets play an important role in both health and wellbeing. Secondary Objectives: This study has two secondary objectives. First, we aim to determine the impact of patient mindsets on measures of treatment (treatment efficacy and treatment related adverse events) and psychosocial health (stress, coping, mood, emotions). Second, we aim to understand the relationship between patient mindsets and biomarkers of immune and inflammatory processes in patients undergoing cancer treatment

Official Title

Leveraging Mindsets to Improve Health and Wellbeing in Cancer Patients

Stanford Investigator(s)

Lidia Schapira
Lidia Schapira

Professor of Medicine (Oncology)


Inclusion Criteria:

   - We will only recruit patients ≥ 18 years who are fluent in English and are without
   cognitive impairment. We have no gender, race, or ethnicity restrictions. Diagnosis of
   cancer (breast, lung, GI or colorectal, or lymphoma) and treatment given with curative

   - Patients diagnosed with lung cancer, breast cancer, GI/Colorectal cancer, or Lymphoma
   to be treated with curative intent will be eligible for this study.

   - Participants will be recruited if they are receiving at least one course of systemic
   treatment. As we are recruiting participants near the point of diagnosis, we will
   target individuals who have not received prior therapy for cancer.

   - Neither ECOG or Karnofsky Performance Status will be employed

   - Ability to understand and willingness to sign a written informed consent document is
   required for participation in this study.

   - Treatment plan includes course of systemic treatment involving no less than 4 and no
   more than 12 infusions.

Exclusion Criteria:

   - Surgical procedures, if applicable, must take place either before the initiation of
   systemic treatment or after the last infusion.

   - There are no restrictions regarding the use of other investigational agents; however,
   use of any investigational agents will be recorded.

   - No active major mental health diagnoses including severe depression, severe anxiety,
   bipolar / manic depressive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, schizophrenia, or
   any psychotic disorder. Patients with mild depression or anxiety, or depression or
   anxiety that is well managed with treatment, will not be excluded

   - Pregnant / nursing patients will not be excluded from the study

   - Patients with a previous diagnosis of cancer (cancer survivors) will be excluded from
   this study. Cancer survivors may already have preconceived notions about the nature of
   a cancer diagnosis and the course of treatment, and therefore may not respond to our
   intervention in the same way as individuals who are encountering a cancer diagnosis
   for the first time.

   - Patients who are HIV-positive will not be excluded.

   - Patients who have major comorbidities that would substantially reduce life expectancy
   despite successful cancer treatment (i.e., comorbid end stage heart disease or kidney
   disease) will be excluded from this study.


other: Mindset

other: Reflection activities

Not Recruiting

Contact Information

Stanford University
School of Medicine
300 Pasteur Drive
Stanford, CA 94305
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