A trial looking at different ways to give cognitive behavioural therapy to people with cancer

Cancer type:

All cancer types





This trial was done to find out how well cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) over the phone works, compared with face to face therapy. It was for people having treatment for cancer at The Royal Marsden Hospital in London.

The trial was open for people to join between 2008 and 2011. The team published the results in 2016. There is a link to more information in the ‘Summary of results’ section below.

More about this trial

It can be difficult to cope with being told you have cancer. Some people find going through treatment very hard to deal with. They may be referred for a type of counselling called cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) to help them cope.
When people have CBT, they usually meet up with a therapist and talk things through face to face. But this is not always possible. 

Researchers wanted to find out having CBT over the phone works as well as having it face to face. This could mean more people have access to CBT as part of their care.

The main aims of this trial were to see whether CBT over the phone:

  • can help people cope
  • improves access to emotional support
  • is cost effective

Summary of results

We aim to add a lay summary of results to all the trials on our database. Unfortunately we have not been able to include a summary for this one.

There is more information about the results in the link below.

Please note, the information we link to here is not in plain English. It has been written for healthcare professionals and researchers.

Telephone-delivered individual cognitive behavioural therapy for cancer patients: An equivalence randomised trial
M Watson and others
Psycho‐Oncology, 2017. Volume 26 pages 301 to 308.

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How to join a clinical trial

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Chief Investigator

Professor Maggie Watson

Supported by

Royal Marsden Hospital Charitable Fund

If you have questions about the trial please contact our cancer information nurses

Freephone 0808 800 4040

Last review date

CRUK internal database number:

Oracle - 6714

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

Last reviewed:

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