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Clinical Study

Positive psychological change experienced by couples facing a diagnosis of life-limiting cancer

This study will examine how couples cope with the diagnosis of advanced cancer. There is currently not enough research regarding psychological wellbeing among couples coping with the diagnosis of advanced cancer. This limits our ability to provide services and programs to better support these couples. This study seeks to examine the experiences of all types of couples (cisgender, heterosexual couples, and LGBTQ+ couples) to better understand if there are unique ways that couples cope with the stress associated with a cancer diagnosis. Previous research has not included LGBTQ+ couples, so it is unknown if there are specific needs that this population may have. The information gained from this study will help to inform future programs and services designed to support all couples through the diagnosis of life-limiting cancer.


For more information contact:

Sara Bybee

IRB#: IRB_00133699 | PI: Sara Bybee | Department: NURSING RESEARCH | Approval Date: 2020-07-30 19:56:00
Study Categories: All Cancer Studies, Mental Health and Well-being Studies | Specialties: Family Nurse Practitioner, Geriatrics, Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Neurology, Oncology, Oncology Nursing, Oncology Surgery, Pain Medicine & Palliative Care, Radiation Oncology

Who can participate?

 Gender: All

 Age: Over 18 years old

 Volunteers: Healthy Volunteers

 Location: From Home

Inclusion Criteria:

  • You must have a significant other who is willing to participate.
  • One partner in the couple must have a diagnosis of advanced cancer defined as cancer in stages III or IV, metastatic cancer, unresectable cancer, recurrent or incurable cancer, or those who have discontinued curative care.
  • Both partners must be able to read, understand, and speak English.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • If you do not have a significant other who is willing to participate, you are unfortunately not eligible for this study.

Will I be paid for my time?


Last Updated: 4/5/21