Researchers from McGill University and Princess Margaret Cancer Centre are looking for volunteers to try a new set of tools designed to increase survivors' confidence in managing feelings of depression.
A common problem for people at this stage of recovery
Frequently, people who have completed cancer treatment may experience mood symptoms that can interfere with their daily lives. These symptoms include stress, worry, feeling down or having little interest in doing things.
A possible solution we need to evaluate
Self-care is an approach that engages patients in their own care. Patients gain the information and skills needed to manage mood symptoms on their own. Depression self-care programs are effective in other populations and are therefore of interest as an alternative, potentially cost-effective treatment for cancer survivors.
A new study, a new approach
CanDirect is a study evaluating the effectiveness of a self-care approach for cancer survivors with low mood. The approach involves a set of tools designed to help users develop skills for the management of mood symptoms. These skills increase confidence in interactions with health professionals, family, and others during recovery. The tools include workbooks, relaxation CDs, a DVD, and online options that will be provided to participants with instructions. These tools can be used alone, but a coach will be available by telephone to guide participants in the selection and use of the tools if needed.
Find out more
The study coordinator, Mihaela Dirlea, can be reached at 416-581-7652, firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit the CandDirect webpage for more information.