Assessment Tool for Older Patients With Cancer


Cognitive/Functional Effects | Psychosocial Effects of Cancer and Its Treatment | Unspecified Adult Solid Tumor, Protocol Specific

Trial Phase


Trial Purpose and Description

Trial Purpose

RATIONALE: A study that assesses the ability of older patients to think, learn, remember, make judgments, and carry out daily activities may help doctors plan treatment for older patients with cancer.

PURPOSE: This clinical trial is studying an assessment tool in older patients with cancer.

Trial Description



  • Determine whether a geriatric assessment tool can predict toxicity to chemotherapy, defined as grade 3 or 4 toxicity, hospitalization, dose delay or reduction, or discontinuation of chemotherapy due to toxicity, in elderly patients with cancer.


  • Explore the longitudinal impact of cancer and chemotherapy treatment on geriatric assessment parameters.

OUTLINE: Patients undergo assessments of functional status using the Timed Up and Go Assessment (measures physical mobility) and Karnofsky Physician-Rated Performance Rating Scale; and cognition using the Blessed Orientation-Memory-Concentration Test. These assessments are performed by healthcare personnel. Body mass index and the percentage of unintentional weight loss and the number of falls in the past 6 months are also assessed.

Patients also complete the following self-administered questionnaires: Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (measures level of functioning and need for services); Activities of Daily Living (measures higher levels of physical functioning); Karnofsky Self-Reported Performance Rating Scale (related to survival and clinically significant illness); Physical Health Section of the Older American Resources and Services Questionnaire (measures comorbidity and the impact on daily activities); Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale; Medical Outcomes Study (MOS) Social Activity Limitations Measure (measures the impact of cancer on patients' social functioning); and MOS Social Support Survey Emotional/Information and Tangible Subscales (measures perceived availability of social support).

Patients then begin planned chemotherapy.

After completion of chemotherapy (or a maximum of 12 months from study entry), patients undergo assessments and complete self-administered questionnaires as described above.

PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A total of 750 patients will be accrued for this study.

Participation Guidelines

65 Years - N/A

Eligibility Criteria


- Pathologically confirmed cancer

- Receiving chemotherapy for either adjuvant treatment or metastatic disease prior
to beginning a new chemotherapy regimen


- Must be able to understand English


- See Disease Characteristics

- No prior enrollment in this trial

- No concurrent enrollment on a phase I clinical trial
City of Hope Medical Center
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
December 2006
Last Updated:
January 29, 2015
Study HIC#:

Clinicaltrials.gov ID: NCT00477958