This study will investigate how patients are informed of their cancer diagnosis or
recurrence and will explore their experience in learning about the diagnosis. Specifically,
- Distinguish methods of telling the diagnosis and identify its relationship to the type
- Determine if the way a patient is informed of their diagnosis is associated with their
level of satisfaction with the method of being informed.
- Identify who informs the patient of their diagnosis..
- Determine patient satisfaction with their diagnostic consult.
- Identify indicators of satisfaction with the diagnostic consultation.
Patients 18 years of age or older who are enrolled in or being screened for enrollment in a
phase I, II or III clinical trial in the National Cancer Institute's Medical Oncology,
Metabolism, Surgery or Neuro-Oncology branch may be eligible for this study.
Participants complete a 15-minute questionnaire that includes questions related to the how
they were informed of their cancer diagnosis.
- The goals of the study are to identify how a patient with a diagnosis of cancer is
informed of their condition and to illuminate the way in which this information exchange
To distinguish, identify and determine:
- If the method by which a patient is informed of a diagnosis of cancer is associated
with their level of satisfaction with that method of being informed
- Who tells the patient of their condition
- The methods used to inform a patient of their condition
- Prognostic indicators of high satisfaction within the diagnostic consult
- Patients currently enrolled or being screened for enrollment for a phase I, II or III
clinical trial at the National Cancer Institutes clinic center- specifically, within
the following branch clinics: Medical Oncology, Metabolism, Surgery and Neuro-Oncology.
- Patient must be 18 years or older and be willing to participate in the study.
- Primary methodological practice is a self-administered questionnaire.
- Questionnaire to be completed by patient on same day that it is administered at NCI.
1. Age greater than or equal to 18 years.
2. A patient diagnosed with cancer who is either currently enrolled in a protocol and
receiving treatment or has come to NCI for consult and potential enrollment in a
3. Ability to follow basic verbal instructions as observed by either an investigator of
the study or as reported by a member of the patient's primary clinical team.
4. Patient must comprehend English, verbal and written, to be determined by the
investigator distributing the questionnaire.
-Patients with a hearing and/or visual impairment will be eligible to participate in
the study if they so choose. Appropriate accommodations will be made.
5. Signed informed consent form.
1. Patients that have cognitive impairments, such as mental challenges/retardation due
to a congenital or developmental anomaly.
a. Subjects with cognitive impairments are ineligible to participate in the study due
to comprehension inabilities.
2. Patients who have developed dementia as a result of their disease or from an
unspecified source are not eligible for participation due to both memory and overall
3. Patients that have multiple concurrent cancers are excluded from participation in