A trial of an online therapy programme to improve body image (Me-therapy)

Please note - this trial is no longer recruiting patients. We hope to add results when they are available.

Cancer type:

All cancer types

Status:

Closed

Phase:

Pilot

This trial is looking at using an online therapy to help improve people’s body image that has changed due to their cancer and its treatment.

For some people cancer, its treatment and the side effects of treatment can affect how they feel about themselves (their body image Open a glossary item). This can reduce their self-esteem and wellbeing.

More about this trial

Me-therapy is an online therapy programme particularly designed for people who are living with cancer and after treatment. It contains exercises that are based on mindfulness meditation. The exercises help people to explore their inner thoughts and feelings in the here and now.

The researchers think Me-therapy can help people with cancer develop a new way of thinking about themselves and their body image. To find this out the researchers want 2 groups of people, half the people will start using the Me-therapy programme immediately and the other half will start the Me-therapy programme later.

The aim of this trial is to find out how useful Me-therapy is in helping people whose body image has changed due to cancer and its treatment.

Who can enter

You may be able to join this trial if all of the following apply. You

  • Have cancer
  • Have access to a computer and printer
  • Are comfortable using the internet and writing emails
  • Are at least 18 years old

You cannot join this trial if you are already receiving mental or emotional support to help cope with cancer or its treatment, such as

  • Counselling Open a glossary item
  • Going to cancer support groups
  • Seeing a psychologist Open a glossary item or psychiatrist Open a glossary item

Trial design

The researchers need 120 people to join.

It is a randomised trial. You are put into a treatment group by a computer. You will not be able to decide which group you are in.

Everyone who agrees to take part will be able to do the Me-therapy programme.

  • People in one group will start the Me-therapy programme immediately
  • People in the other group will be put on a waiting list for 7 weeks before starting the Me-therapy programme

You go online to join the trial. The trial team will send you a confirmation email when you have successfully completed the registration. The email will tell you if you are to start the online Me-therapy programme immediately or you wait for 7 weeks before starting.

There is a session with exercises to do each week of the programme. Each session takes about 2 hours to do. This may include some reading but you can also click on links so you can watch and listen to each exercise.

You can also print out worksheets for activities, download relaxation audio tracks, monitor your own progress, and receive emails with further tips at the end of each step.

You will have an online body image buddy who can offer you support. You can talk to them about how you are doing. If you are struggling they can help encourage you.

The trial team will ask you to fill in a questionnaire online when you agree to join the trial, 7 weeks later and 1 month after you completed the Me-therapy programme. The questions will ask you about yourself and what you think or feel about your body.

Hospital visits

You do everything online so there are no extra hospital visits.

Side effects

There are no side effects if you take part. But some of the questions may be upsetting. If this happens you can email the team and ask them to put you in touch with someone who can offer further support.

Recruitment start:

Recruitment end:

How to join a clinical trial

Please note: In order to join a trial you will need to discuss it with your doctor, unless otherwise specified.

Please note - unless we state otherwise in the summary, you need to talk to your doctor about joining a trial.

Chief Investigator

Szilvia Vas

Supported by

Cancer Care Inc, USA
Douglas Macmillan Hospice
Staffordshire University, Centre for Health Psychology

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Last review date

CRUK internal database number:

13248

Please note - unless we state otherwise in the summary, you need to talk to your doctor about joining a trial.

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