Acceptance and Commitment Therapy in Improving Well-Being in Patients With Stage III-IV Cancer and Their Partners

Study Purpose

This pilot clinical trial studies how well acceptance and commitment therapy works in improving well-being in patients with stage III-IV cancer and their partners. Learning how to accept negative thoughts and feelings and how to live in the present without worrying about the future or past may improve coping skills in patients with stage III-IV cancer and their partners.

Recruitment Criteria

Accepts Healthy Volunteers

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Study Type

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Eligible Ages 18 Years and Over
Gender All
More Inclusion & Exclusion Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

- Diagnosed with stage 3 or 4 breast, cervical, colorectal, endometrial, hepatobiliary, lung, melanoma, gynecological, prostate cancer in the past six months - Married or cohabiting with a significant other of either gender for more than one year - At the time of recruitment, a life expectancy of greater than 6 months and/or a Karnofsky performance status of 80 or above or an Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG) score of 0 or 1 - English speaking - No significant hearing impairment that would prevent participation in sessions - Live within a 1 hour commuting distance from Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey

Exclusion Criteria:

- Partner cannot have cancer diagnosis (other than non-melanoma skin cancer) and be currently receiving treatment

Trial Details

Trial ID:

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Lead Sponsor

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Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Principal Investigator

The person who is responsible for the scientific and technical direction of the entire clinical study.

Sharon Manne
Principal Investigator Affiliation Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey
Agency Class

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Overall Status Recruiting
Countries United States

The disease, disorder, syndrome, illness, or injury that is being studied.

Malignant Female Reproductive System Neoplasm, Malignant Hepatobiliary Neoplasm, Partner, Stage III Breast Cancer, Stage III Cervical Cancer, Stage III Colorectal Cancer, Stage III Lung Cancer, Stage III Prostate Cancer, Stage III Skin Melanoma, Stage III Uterine Corpus Cancer, Stage IIIA Breast Cancer, Stage IIIA Cervical Cancer, Stage IIIA Colorectal Cancer, Stage IIIA Lung Carcinoma, Stage IIIA Skin Melanoma, Stage IIIA Uterine Corpus Cancer, Stage IIIB Breast Cancer, Stage IIIB Cervical Cancer, Stage IIIB Colorectal Cancer, Stage IIIB Lung Carcinoma, Stage IIIB Skin Melanoma, Stage IIIB Uterine Corpus Cancer, Stage IIIC Breast Cancer, Stage IIIC Colorectal Cancer, Stage IIIC Skin Melanoma, Stage IIIC Uterine Corpus Cancer, Stage IV Breast Cancer, Stage IV Cervical Cancer, Stage IV Colorectal Cancer, Stage IV Lung Cancer, Stage IV Prostate Cancer, Stage IV Skin Melanoma, Stage IV Uterine Corpus Cancer, Stage IVA Cervical Cancer, Stage IVA Colorectal Cancer, Stage IVA Uterine Corpus Cancer, Stage IVB Cervical Cancer, Stage IVB Colorectal Cancer, Stage IVB Uterine Corpus Cancer
Additional Details


  • I. To examine the feasibility and acceptability of couples' acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) (C-ACT).
  • II. To collect pilot data on the impact of C-ACT on patients' and partners' anxiety, depression, and quality of life.
OUTLINE: Patients and their partners attend 6 weekly ACT sessions over 60-75 minutes. Couples learn skills of acceptance, avoidance, awareness, values and committed action, mindfulness and values in relationships, and handling persistent worries and concerns. Patients and their partners also do homework assignment after each session. After completion of the study, patients and their partners are followed up at 1 week.

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Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, New Brunswick, New Jersey




Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey

New Brunswick, New Jersey, 08903

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Sharon Manne


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