Reducing Barriers to Pain & Fatigue Management
5-Year (2005-2010) NCI funded grant. This study takes place in the Medical Oncology Outpatient Clinic with Dr. Marianna Koczywas as the primary physician contact.
The overall purpose of this study is to test an innovative model of reducing barriers to the management of pain and fatigue in cancer patients. These two symptoms were recognized by the NIH State of the Science Conference on Symptom Management in Cancer as critical symptoms impacting QOL and as priority areas for future research. The model, “Passport to Comfort” addresses patient, professional and system barriers to the relief of pain and fatigue and is based on established guidelines developed by the National Comprehensive Cancer Network.
This is a 3-phase study:
Quality of Life and Symptom Concerns in Lung Cancer
The purpose of this descriptive, retrospective study was to determine QOL and symptom concerns in a cohort of lung cancer patients treated at a NCI designated comprehensive cancer center. The study aims were to describe 1) treatment received by lung cancer patients consistent with NCCN guidelines; and 2) symptoms experienced by lung cancer patients impacting QOL. A prospective analysis of QOL symptom concerns will occur in the next phase of this study.