The goal of this research study is to learn how easy participants think it is to complete a
If participant agrees to take part in the study, basic information about them will be
collected from their medical record (such as their age, gender, ethnicity, religion,
diagnosis, marital status, educational level, performance status, and any drugs they may
have taken in the past or are currently taking).
Participant will also be given a list of words and asked to read them out loud. The research
nurse or assistant will write down if participant pronounced the words correctly. This
should take up to 7 minutes.
Participant will then be randomly assigned (as in the flip of a coin) to 1 of 2 study
groups. This is done because no one knows if one study group is better, the same, or worse
than the other group.
- If participant is enrolled in Group 1, they will complete the symptom questionnaire
alone and then a research nurse or assistant will go over their answers with them.
- If participant is enrolled in Group 2, they will complete the symptom questionnaire
with the help of the research nurse or assistant.
After participant has completed the symptom questionnaire, they will be asked if they
preferred completing the questionnaire alone or if they preferred to have a nurse help them
answer the questions. This should take about 1 minute to answer.
Length of Study:
It should take about 15 minutes total to complete the study. Patient's participation on this
study will end after they have completed the symptom questionnaire.
Participant is taking part in this study alone. Participant's family members will not be in
the room with them.
This is an investigational study.
Up to 128 participants will be enrolled in the study. All will take part at MD Anderson.
1. Patients with a diagnosis of advanced cancer, including recurrent, locally advanced,
or metastatic cancer
2. Patients must know their cancer diagnosis
3. Patients referred for consultation to the Supportive Care team
4. Age >/= 18
5. Patients must be able to understand, read, write, and speak English
6. Patients have never done the ESAS before
7. Patients must sign an informed consent
8. Ability to independently complete the study as assessed by the research staff
1. Patients who have clinical evidence of cognitive impairment as determined by the
2. Patients who have already done the ESAS in the past.
3. Patients who are considered to be in severe physical or emotional distress based on
the assessment by the research staff
4. Patients who refuse to participate in the study.