"I am glad that taking part in a trial might help others on their own cancer journey.”
A trial looking at different ways to give cognitive behavioural therapy to people with cancer
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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Professor Maggie Watson
Royal Marsden Hospital Charitable Fund