Chemotherapy Decisions and Outcomes in Older Women With Newly Diagnosed Breast Cancer

Status: Recruiting
Phase: N/A
Diagnosis: Breast: Early Stage Disease
NCT ID: NCT00068328 (View complete trial on
DFCI Protocol ID: 03-385


RATIONALE: Studying how older women make treatment decisions and how these decisions affect the outcome of treatment may help doctors plan more effective treatments and improve patient quality of life. PURPOSE: This clinical trial is studying how a patient's treatment preferences and decisions about chemotherapy affect the outcome of treatment in older women with newly diagnosed breast cancer.


Conducting Institutions:
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Massachusetts General Hospital, Brigham and Women's Hospital

Overall PI:
Alice Kornblith, PhD, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Site-responsible Investigators:
Beverly Moy, MD, Massachusetts General Hospital

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute: Breast Cancer Nursing Team, 617-632-3478
Massachusetts General Hospital: Cancer Trials Call Center, 877-789-6100

Eligibility Criteria

DISEASE CHARACTERISTICS: - Histologically confirmed primary adenocarcinoma of the breast - Operable disease - No more than 20 weeks since diagnosis - T1-4 (tumor size ≥ 1 cm), N0, M0 OR - T1-4, N1-3, M0 - No prior carcinoma in situ, lobular carcinoma in situ, ductal carcinoma in situ, or invasive breast cancer - Hormone receptor status: - Any estrogen receptor status PATIENT CHARACTERISTICS: Age - 65 and over Sex - Female Menopausal status - Not specified Performance status - Any performance status Life expectancy - Not specified Hematopoietic - Not specified Hepatic - Not specified Renal - Not specified Other - No other malignancy except those for which the patient has completed treatment AND is considered to be at less than 30% risk of recurrence - Sufficient cognitive function to consent to and complete interviews - English or Spanish speaking PRIOR CONCURRENT THERAPY: Biologic therapy - Not specified Chemotherapy - Not specified Endocrine therapy - Not specified Radiotherapy - Not specified Surgery - Not specified
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