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Bethesda, Maryland 20892


RATIONALE: Children with cancer who go camping with other patients may have improved quality of life, self-esteem, and relationships with parents, family, and peers. PURPOSE: Clinical trial to study the psychological benefits of a 1-week camping trip for children with cancer.

Study summary:

OBJECTIVES: - Determine whether quality of life, particularly sense of well being, self-esteem, and relationships with parents, family, and peers, improves in children with cancer who participate in an enriched, normalized camping experience. - Determine whether professional or volunteer caregivers improve the quality of their interrelations with this patient population after participating in an enriched, normalized camping experience. OUTLINE: Patients participate in a full range of age appropriate activities and undergo observation during an enriched, normalized camping experience for 1 week. Patients and their family members undergo psychosocial interviews and patients complete psychological questionnaires before, during, and after the camping experience. Medical care continues to be provided according to the plan formulated between the patient's home medical team and the NIH-based medical team. Quality of life is assessed. PROJECTED ACCRUAL: Approximately 9,999 patients will be accrued for this study.


DISEASE CHARACTERISTICS: - Diagnosis of cancer - Currently receiving treatment OR - No more than 3 years since prior treatment OR - Young adults with cancer acting as camp counselors PATIENT CHARACTERISTICS: Age: - 7 to 17 Performance status: - Not specified Life expectancy: - Not specified Hematopoietic: - Not specified Hepatic: - Not specified Renal: - Not specified Other: - Concurrent physical defects allowed PRIOR CONCURRENT THERAPY: Biologic therapy: - Concurrent blood products allowed Chemotherapy: - Not specified Endocrine therapy: - Not specified Radiotherapy: - Not specified Surgery: - Prior amputations allowed Other: - Concurrent intramuscular, intrathecal, oral, or IV medications allowed



Primary Contact:

Study Chair
Stephen J. Chanock, MD
National Cancer Institute (NCI)

Backup Contact:


Location Contact:

Bethesda, Maryland 20892
United States

Clinical Trials Office - Warren Grant Magnusen Clinical Center
Phone: 888-NCI-1937

Site Status: Recruiting

Data Source: ClinicalTrials.gov

Date Processed: October 09, 2019

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