Evaluating the Effect of a Video Education Curriculum for First Time Breast Cancer Patients: a Prospective RCT Feasibility Study

AbstractNewly diagnosed breast cancer patients seek information through a variety of sources. In this small pilot study, we evaluated the feasibility of providing personalizable breast cancer video education prior to the first oncology consultation and compared outcomes to patients receiving standard of care educational materials. Personalized videos included detailed information on a patient ’s specific grade, stage, and tumor subtype (e.g., grade 2, stage 3, triple negative breast cancer) in addition to general videos that defined the terms of grade, stage, and cancer subtype. Newly diagnosed breast cancer patients who were scheduled for an initial oncology appointment at two sites w ere enrolled in this prospective, randomized control trial. Twenty-eight patients were assigned to receive either video education (experimental group) with the possibility of personalization or a video explaining how to view cancer education materials at the cancer center website (control group). Si xteen oncologists at the two centers also participated in evaluating patient outcomes. Pre- and post-education surveys queried patient-perceived understanding of breast cancer and treatment, perceived ability for decision-making, confidence in providers, and anxiety and depression symptoms. We obser ved that patients given video education had greater improvements in some of these areas, with the biggest improvement seen in patients who received a personalized video on their specific tumor subt...
Source: Journal of Cancer Education - Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

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Source: Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy - Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research
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Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - Category: General Medicine Source Type: news
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Source: Oncology Nursing Forum - Category: Nursing Authors: Tags: Oncol Nurs Forum Source Type: research
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Source: Rivista di Psichiatria - Category: Psychiatry Tags: Riv Psichiatr Source Type: research
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Source: Frontiers in Psychiatry - Category: Psychiatry Source Type: research
Authors: Plitzko L, Mehnert-Theuerkauf A, Götze H Abstract INTRODUCTION: Resilience is considered as a resource in coping with psychological distress and traumatic experiences and plays an increasing role in psycho-oncology research. The aim of the study is to analyse the resilience in long-term cancer survivors depending on depression, anxiety, sociodemographic and disease-related factors and to compare with the general population. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Our study includes data from 972 patients (53% male, mean age=67 years, 25% prostate cancer, 22% breast cancer) 5 or 10 years after cancer diagnosis via t...
Source: PPmP Psychotherapie Psychosomatik Medizinische Psychologie - Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Tags: Psychother Psychosom Med Psychol Source Type: research
AbstractWomen are increasingly surviving breast cancer, but up to 90% experience unexpected long ‐term sequelae as a result of treatment. Symptoms may include physical, functional, emotional, and psychosocial changes that can dramatically alter the quality of life for breast cancer survivors. Primary care clinicians, including midwives, are likely to care for these women and should be familia r with common symptoms, treatment, and best practices to avoid permanent dysfunction. A holistic approach to assessment, treatment, and referral as needed is the most effective strategy. Although women experience significant changes...
Source: Journal of Midwifery and Women's Health - Category: Midwifery Authors: Tags: Review Source Type: research
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Source: JOP - Category: Gastroenterology Authors: Tags: J Oncol Pract Source Type: research
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Source: Breast Cancer - Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Tags: Breast Cancer Source Type: research
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Source: In Vivo - Category: Research Authors: Tags: Clinical Studies Source Type: research
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