Patients will complete questionnaires at 5 time points over 24 months (within 60 days of diagnosis, then at 3, 6, 12 and 24 months after diagnosis). Surveys can be done either on paper or online. It is estimated that it will take 45-60 minutes to complete the first questionnaire and 20-30 minutes to complete the 3, 6, 12 and 24 month questionnaires. Information requested will be about the patient's finances and employment, as well as basic demographic information which will be obtained from the patient's medical records. Patients will be asked to provide their contact information to the ECOG-ACRIN Outcomes and Economics Assessment Unit at Brown University, which will administer the surveys.
This study is to determine the safety and efficacy of nab-paclitaxel and gemcitabine with or without olaratumab in the treatment of first-line metastatic pancreatic cancer. There is not a set number of clinic visits and subjects can remain on study provided their disease is at least stable for each imaging time point, and if study drugs are sufficiently tolerated
This study is for men and women with colon cancer that was surgically removed but has spread to lymph nodes and is known as stage III colon cancer. The purpose of this study is to compare any good and bad effects of using the drug atezolizumab along with the usual chemotherapy compared to the usual chemotherapy alone.
The overall goal of this study is to see if taking BosPure (boswellia serrata) will change the make up of the tumors of patients who have breast and colon cancer. BosPure is a supplement made from the boswellia serrata plant, which helps to reduce inflammation in the body. BosPure is not approved by the United State Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of your disease.
This study is for men and women with pancreatic cancer that cannot be removed by surgery this time. The purpose of this study is to compare any good and bad effects of using chemotherapy compared to chemotherapy and radiation prior to surgery. This study will allow the researchers to know whether which approach is better, the same, or worse than the other.
TARGET-HCC is a 5-year, longitudinal, observational study of the natural history and management of patients with HCC. The study will address important clinical questions that remain unanswered in the management of HCC with a unique research registry of participants with HCC from academic and community real-world practices. TARGET-HCC is disease focused, not drug specific, which allows for continuous acquisition of real-world evidence regarding the natural history, management, and outcomes of treatment with current therapies and new treatments that may be utilized in usual clinical practice.
The purpose of the study is to determine the feasibility of enrolling patients, obtaining colorectal cancer risk factor data via an in-person questionnaire, and procuring three types of biologic samples (normal mucosa biopsies, a salvia sample, and polyp tissue (if applicable)).
Some drugs used to treat cancer raise a patient's risk of febrile neutropenia. Febrile neutropenia is a condition that involves a fever and a low number of neutrophils (a type of white blood cell) in the blood. Having a low number of neutrophils puts a patient at risk of infection. Colony-stimulating factors (CSFs) are medications sometimes given to patients getting cancer treatment to prevent or treat febrile neutropenia. CSFs are given as an injection under the skin or into a vein.
Current guidelines say that doctors should give CSF during cancer treatment based on how likely it is that the drugs will raise the risk of febrile neutropenia. Research shows that many doctors do not follow these guidelines. This may be harming patients. Underuse of CSFs can raise a patient's risk for febrile neutropenia. Overuse or unneeded use of CSFs can lead to side effects, like bone and muscle pain, but give no benefit and can be costly to the patient.
In some clinics there is an automated system that helps doctors decide when to use CSFs. The system prescribes CSFs when there is a high risk that the drugs will cause febrile neutropenia. It does not prescribe CSFs when there is a low risk that the drugs will cause febrile neutropenia. The research study team wants to find out if this type of system can help doctors use CSF when it is needed and not use it when it is not needed. The study team also wants to learn about the benefits and risks of using CSF with cancer treatment drugs that have a moderate (not high and not low) risk of febrile neutropenia.
Studies have shown that cancer patients may be at high risk for financial problems because of the cost of treatment. These financial problems can be stressful and sometimes might cause patients to avoid or refuse treatment. We want to measure how often financial problems happen in patients with colorectal cancer, using questionnaires that collect information about finances and quality of life. In order to get a full picture of the financial impact of colorectal cancer, we also want to collect credit reports for all patients in this study.
The goal of this study is to determine the safety and efficacy of a chemotherapy regimen known as Modified FOLFIRINOX (mFFX) alone or with the addition of Stereotactic Body Radiotherapy (SBRT). SBRT is a type of highly focused and precise x-ray treatment done in a total of 5 treatments. We hope to learn if this new treatment combination helps to control the disease and improve survival for patients with locally advanced pancreatic cancer.