Brief Behavioral Intervention for Dyspnea in Patients with Advanced Lung Cancer

Protocol # :
Lung Cancer
Not Applicable
Disease Sites
Principal Investigator
Greer, Joseph
Site Investigator
Cooley, Mary, E.
Site Research Nurses
Amweg, Laura
Brennan, Natalie, Marie
Cheney, Cassie, A.
Eche-Ugwu, Ijeoma, Julie
Hansen, Andrea
Morse, Linda, K.
Winters, Loren, N.

Trial Description

This research study is evaluating a behavioral intervention designed to help people with
advanced lung cancer manage dyspnea (i.e., breathlessness or shortness-of-breath).

Eligibility Requirements

Inclusion Criteria:

- A diagnosis of either NSCLC, SCLC, or mesothelioma, not being treated with curative

- Self-reported shortness of breath (a score of 2 or greater on the Modified Medical
Research Council Dyspnea Scale)

- Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG) Performance Status from 0 (asymptomatic) to
2 (symptomatic and in bed <50% of day)

- The ability to read and respond to questions English

- Primary cancer care at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Cancer Center or
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI)

- Age >18 years

Exclusion Criteria:

- Cognitive or psychiatric conditions prohibiting study consent or participation.

- A treating clinician who reports that the patient is inappropriate for the study