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Crystal Lake, Illinois 60014


RATIONALE: Using an Internet Web site that enables children with cancer to interact online with classmates, participate in classroom activities, get easy-to-read medical information, and chat with family members, medical staff, and other children with cancer may help children cope with isolation, fear, and decreased self-esteem. PURPOSE: This phase I/II trial is studying the effectiveness of an Internet Web site in providing social support and education to children who are undergoing treatment for cancer.

Study summary:

OBJECTIVES: - Develop an Internet-based application that allows pediatric patients with cancer to enter a virtual community with the following capabilities: - Interact with classmates and participate in classroom activities via e-mail, chat groups, online field trips, art studio, music room, and game room - Identify and interact with a community of peers with similar medical conditions - Access a dictionary to get medical information in understandable terms - Interact with the medical community online - Interact with family members online - Determine the acceptability of this program among groups of these patients and their classmates, teachers, family members, and healthcare providers using focus groups. - Determine the effect of this program on self-esteem, coping behaviors, perceived social support, cancer-relevant medical knowledge, and feelings of control over health destiny in these patients. - Determine the effect of this program on the performance of these patients in school. - Determine the effect of this program in alleviating psychological distress in these patients. OUTLINE: This is a multicenter study. - Phase I: Students, family members, teachers, and health providers participate in focus groups to provide system design and implementation input and to assess overall acceptability of a prototype Internet-based application for pediatric cancer patients. - Phase II: Patients are assigned to 1 of 2 groups, based on participating center. - Group 1: Patients have access to and utilize the Internet-based application @neWorld. - Group 2: Patients do not have access to or utilize @neWorld. In both groups, patients complete questionnaires measuring psychological distress, quality of life, self-esteem, coping behaviors, perceived academic and social competence, perceived social support, cancer-relevant medical knowledge, feelings of control over health destiny, utilization of psychological services, and performance in school at baseline and 3 and 6 months. PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A total of 94 patients (44 for group 1 and 50 for group 2) will be accrued for this study.


DISEASE CHARACTERISTICS: - Diagnosis of cancer - Currently receiving treatment for cancer PATIENT CHARACTERISTICS: Age - 10 to 15 Performance status - Active Life expectancy - Not specified Hematopoietic - Not specified Hepatic - Not specified Renal - Not specified Other - Able to read and speak English PRIOR CONCURRENT THERAPY: Biologic therapy - Not specified Chemotherapy - Not specified Endocrine therapy - Not specified Radiotherapy - Not specified Surgery - Not specified



Primary Contact:

Study Chair
Barbara Rapchak
Leap of Faith Technologies

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Location Contact:

Crystal Lake, Illinois 60014
United States

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Site Status: N/A

Data Source: ClinicalTrials.gov

Date Processed: October 09, 2019

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