Improving Self-Management in Head and Neck Cancer


By teaching skills to improve the coordination of care and support in couples coping with head and neck cancer (HNC), this couple-based psychosocial intervention holds great promise for improving self-management, reducing costly hospitalizations and treatment interruptions, and improving both partners' quality of life. Home-based delivery will enhance future dissemination and outreach to those who do not have access to psychosocial services or live far away from their care centers. If found effective, the intervention may also have salutary downstream effects on the health and well-being of HNC patients and their partners.

Study Start Date

November 2014

Estimated Completion Date

June 2016


  • Behavioral: Couples Skill-Training (CST)


  • Oncology: Head and Neck
  • Physician Assistant: Hematology/Oncology

MeSH Terms

  • Head and Neck Neoplasms

Study ID

Mount Sinai School of Medicine -- GCO 12-1641



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Study Type


Trial Phase


Enrollment Quota



Mount Sinai School of Medicine

Inclusion Criteria

  • patient is initiating radiotherapy for HNC
  • patient has Karnofsky score > 50 (ambulatory & capable of self-care)
  • patient lives with a partner (spouse/significant other
  • includes homo
  • and heterosexual couples)
  • patient/partner is able to provide informed consent
  • patient/partner is > age 18.

Exclusion Criteria

  • patient has significant comorbidities (e.g., HIV, transplant), or another illness that may require hospitalization
  • patient/partner cannot read or communicate using spoken English.
  • individuals with diminished mental capacity
  • prisoners
  • pregnant women




18 Years and older

Accepts Healthy Volunteers


Study Locations and Contact Information (1)

Study Location Distance Name Phone Email
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai - New York, New York 46.8 miles None None None provides clinical trial listings in an easy to view format. All clinical trial information is pulled directly from This website does not guarantee acceptance into any clinical trial, and is not responsible for adverse events that may be incurred from a clinical trial.