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Clinical Trials (PDQ®)

Mindfulness Relaxation Compared With Relaxing Music and Standard Symptom Management Education in Treating Patients Who Are Undergoing Chemotherapy For Newly Diagnosed Solid Tumors

Basic Trial Information
Trial Description
     Further Trial Information
     Eligibility Criteria
Trial Contact Information

Basic Trial Information

PhaseTypeStatusAgeSponsorProtocol IDs
No phase specifiedBiomarker/Laboratory analysis, Educational/Counseling/Training, Supportive careClosed18 and overNCI, Other2004-0024
MDA-CCC-0106, CDR0000357213, NCI-2009-00860, NCT00086762

Trial Description


RATIONALE: Mindfulness relaxation, a technique to help patients quiet their thoughts and relax their bodies before and during chemotherapy, may reduce or prevent nausea and vomiting. It may also help improve mental health, quality of life, and immune function in patients receiving chemotherapy.

PURPOSE: This randomized clinical trial is studying mindfulness relaxation to see how well it works compared to relaxing music or standard symptom management education in treating patients who are receiving chemotherapy for newly diagnosed solid tumors.

Further Study Information



  • Compare the effect of mindfulness relaxation vs relaxing music vs standard symptom management education on conditioned and nonconditioned nausea and vomiting in patients with newly diagnosed solid tumors undergoing chemotherapy.


  • Compare mental health (anxiety, depression, and distress), quality of life (cancer-related symptoms, fatigue, sleep, and pain), and immune function in patients receiving these interventions.

OUTLINE: This is a multicenter study comprising a pilot phase followed by a randomized phase. (Pilot phase completed as of 3/10/2012.)

  • Pilot phase: Patients undergo mindfulness relaxation (MR) therapy comprising listening to instructions on breathing techniques and other mind and body relaxation practices on compact disc for 30 minutes before and during each chemotherapy session AND at least once daily for the entire duration of chemotherapy treatment. (Pilot phase completed as of 3/10/2012.)
  • Randomized phase: Patients are randomized to 1 of 3 treatment arms.
  • Arm I: Patients undergo MR therapy as in the pilot phase.
  • Arm II: Patients listen to relaxing music (with no instructions on relaxation techniques) for 30 minutes before and during each chemotherapy session AND at least once daily for the entire duration of chemotherapy treatment.
  • Arm III: Patients receive standard symptom management education. In both phases, nausea and vomiting, mental health (anxiety, depression, and distress), and quality of life (cancer-related symptoms, fatigue, sleep, and pain) are assessed at baseline, periodically during treatment, and then at 3 months.

Patients are followed annually for up to 5 years for survival.

PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A total of 474 patients will be accrued for this study.

Eligibility Criteria


  • Newly diagnosed malignant solid tumor
  • Undergoing at least 4 courses of chemotherapy
  • No evidence of distant metastatic disease



  • 18 and over

Performance status

  • Not specified

Life expectancy

  • At least 6 months


  • Not specified


  • Not specified


  • Not specified


  • Able to read and speak English or Spanish
  • No known psychotic diagnosis


Biologic therapy

  • Not specified


  • See Disease Characteristics
  • No prior chemotherapy
  • Not planning to undergo an undefined number of chemotherapy regimens

Endocrine therapy

  • Not specified


  • Not specified


  • Not specified

Trial Contact Information

Trial Lead Organizations/Sponsors

M. D. Anderson Cancer Center at University of Texas

National Cancer Institute

Jon Hunter, MD, FRCPPrincipal Investigator

Lorenzo CohenStudy Chair

Link to the current record.
NLM Identifer NCT00086762 processed this data on April 09, 2015

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