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HBTOP: Healthy Lifestyle Behaviors of Childhood Cancer Survivors

Patterns and Correlates of Healthy Lifestyle Behaviors Among Children and Adolescents Transitioning Off Active Therapy

Categories:

Psychology

Quality of Life

Diseases Treated:

Non-therapeutic

Eligibility Overview:

This is a non-therapeutic research study open only to St. Jude patients and their caregivers.

  • 5 to 17 years old 
  • Diagnosed with malignancy or CNS neoplasm
  • Identified by the St. Jude Transition Oncology Program as a patient transitioning off active cancer therapy
  1. Brief Summary

    This study seeks to learn about health behaviors among youth ending active cancer therapy in order to promote healthy lifestyles and improve quality of life.

    Nearly 70% of childhood cancer survivors do not adhere to lifestyle behaviors established by the Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Survivors are just as likely as their peers to engage in risky healthy behaviors, such as tobacco and alcohol use, which further raises their risk for health problems later in life.

    Many existing interventions that encourage positive health behaviors target adults and long-term survivors. However, this may be too late. Problematic health outcomes arise soon after treatment ends, and the transition off active therapy may serve as an optimal time for patients to refocus their health and set the stage for a healthy survivorship.

    Researchers in this study will examine behavioral patterns three to 18 months after treatment ends to gain a better understanding of health behaviors during this time.

    Primary Objective

    To estimate physical activity, dietary behaviors, sleep and substance use among youth transitioning off active therapy and compare data to Department of Health and Human Services and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines across each behavior

    Eligibility Criteria

    Inclusion criteria include:

    • 5 to 17 years old 
    • Diagnosed with malignancy or CNS neoplasm 
    • Identified by the St. Jude Transition Oncology Program as a patient transitioning off active cancer therapy

    Exclusion criteria include:

    • Primary caregiver does not speak or read English 
    • End of active treatment at time of recruitment is greater than 12 months, 2 weeks

    Study Sites

    St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Memphis, Tennessee 

  2. About this study

    This is a study to learn more about health lifestyle behaviors in patients who have completed therapy for childhood cancer.

    In this study, researchers will ask questions about your activities such as daily exercise, healthy diet and sleep. Researchers will also ask questions about you and your family, your community, and your health care. We will use this information to see if there are ways to encourage healthy behaviors of people coming off cancer treatment.

    You may or may not benefit from taking part in this research study. However, you may learn some new tools for healthier lifestyle behaviors.

    Purpose of this clinical trial

    The main goal of this study is to encourage you to maintain healthy lifestyle behaviors and avoid risky behaviors after your cancer therapy is over.

    Eligibility overview

    This is a non-therapeutic research study open only to St. Jude patients and their caregivers. 

    • 5 to 17 years old
    • Diagnosed with malignancy or CNS neoplasm
    • Identified by the St. Jude Transition Oncology Program as a patient transitioning off active cancer therapy 
  3. HBTOP
    Sponsors: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
    Trial Start Date: September 2020
    Estimated Enrollment: 100
    Study Type: Non-therapeutic
    Conditions: Cancer
    Ages: 5 to 17 years old
    Principal investigator: Rachel Tillery Webster, PhD
    Study Sites: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
    For a consultation or to discuss HBTOP: St. Jude Physician/Patient Referral Office
    1-888-226-4343
    referralinfo@stjude.org

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
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Email: referralinfo@stjude.org

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