Effects of Cancer Symptoms on Caregivers

Effects of Cancer Symptoms on Caregivers

The primary objectives are to: 1.1 identify and compare the experiences of minority and nonminority caregivers, including the prevalence and severity of physical (fatigue, sleep disturbance) and psychologic (depression, anxiety, stress) symptoms and their influence on caregiver symptom burden; and to 1.2 assess the relationship between caregiver's symptoms (physical and psychologic) and the patient's symptom's at multiple time points over the patient's treatment regimen for advanced solid tumors (lung, breast, cervical, and others). A secondary objective is to: 1.3 describe the experience of being a minority (African American/Black or Latino) or nonminority person caring for a medically underserved patient with advanced solids tumors (lung, breast, cervical, or others) over the course of the patient's treatment regimen and follow-up clinic visits.

No pharmaceutical medication involved
Patients and healthy individuals accepted

Behavioral - Phenomenological Interviews

Part 1 will collect phenomenologic data to understand the meaning of caregiver burden, and the positive experiences faced when caring for a underserved patient with advanced lung cancer.

Behavioral - Quantitative Interviews

Part 2 will collect quantitative data to determine the prevalence and severity of symptoms experienced by caregivers and their contribution to caregiver burden.

Effects of Cancer Symptoms on Minority Caregivers