Thursday, July 30 • 3:50pm - 5:20pm
S5: Research Methods in Supportive Oncology: Highlights from the MGH Workshop

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Despite major advances in our understanding of cancer and its treatment, patients with cancer continue to report suffering from the symptoms of fatigue, pain, anxiety, insomnia, depression, and poor appetite. Supportive oncology (i.e., psychosocial oncology, palliative care, symptom management, and survivorship) research and interventions have the potential to alleviate these symptoms and mitigate their ramifications. However, the evidence base for supportive oncology practices is still relatively small, especially in comparison to that for medical oncology. More researchers are needed with the necessary skills for designing, conducting, and analyzing scientifically sound studies in supportive oncology are needed. This symposium provides highlights from the NCI-funded MGH Workshop on Research Methods in Supportive Oncology, an intensive 6-day training experience for early-stage investigators. The talks selected for this symposium address key aspects in planning an intervention study: behavioral theories and conceptual models which guide intervention development; approaches to data analysis; and practical considerations for successful clinical trials. This symposium is geared towards individuals with an interest, but limited experience, in research. After the talks there will be opportunities for attendees to ask questions related to their own research ideas.

Chair/Discussant: William Pirl

S5-1: Developing a Quantitative Analytic Plan that Corresponds to Study Aims and Design, L. Traeger

S5-2: Performing a Successful Supportive Care Clinical Trial, J. Temel 

S5-3: Applications of Behavioral Theory and Conceptual Models in Supportive Oncology Research, J. Greer

Thursday July 30, 2015 3:50pm - 5:20pm
Liberty Ballroom Meeting Level 4

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