A randomized controlled trial testing a virtual program for Asian American women breast cancer survivors

Eun Ok Im, Wonshik Chee, Sudeshna Paul, Mi Young Choi, Seo Yun Kim, Janet A. Deatrick, Jillian Inouye, Grace Ma, Salimah Meghani, Giang T. Nguyen, Marilyn M. Schapira, Connie M. Ulrich, Seon Ae Yeo, Ting Bao, David Shin, Jun J. Mao

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Abstract

A culturally tailored virtual program could meet the survivorship needs of Asian American women breast cancer survivors (AABC). This study aims to determine the efficacy of a culturally tailored virtual information and coaching/support program (TICAA) in improving AABC’s survivorship experience. A randomized clinical trial (NCT02803593) was conducted from January 2017 to June 2020 among 199 AABC. The intervention group utilized TICAA and the American Cancer Society [ACS] website while the control group used only ACS website for 12 weeks. The outcomes were measured using the SCNS-34SF (needs; primary), the MSAS-SF (symptoms; secondary), and the FACT-B (quality of life; secondary). The data were analyzed using an intent-to-treat approach. The intervention group showed significant reductions in their needs from the baseline (T0) to post 4 weeks (T1) and to post 12 weeks (T2). Although the changes were not statistically significant, the intervention group had decreased symptoms from T0 to T2 while the control group had an increase in their symptoms. The intervention group had a significant increase in their quality of life from T0 to T2. A culturally tailored virtual program could therefore improve quality of life in AABC patients. Trial Registration: To Enhance Breast Cancer Survivorship of Asian Americans (TICAA), NCT02803593, https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT02803593?titles=TICAA&draw=2&rank=1.

Original languageEnglish
Article number6475
Pages (from-to)6475
JournalNature Communications
Volume14
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 14 2023

Keywords

  • Asian
  • Breast Neoplasms/complications
  • Cancer Survivors
  • Culturally Competent Care
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Mentoring
  • Quality of Life
  • Social Support
  • Survivors
  • Telemedicine

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