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Treatment Decision Study

If you are interested in study participation, please click on 'RSVP on External Website' to enter your contact information on a Stanford University secure site. You will receive their screening survey shortly after completion of the contact form.
David Spiegel, MD, Amit Etkin, MD, PhD, James Gross, PhD, and Allison Kurian, MD, MSc, Stanford University School of Medicine. The study is funded by the National Cancer Institute.

The goal of this study is to better understand what women are thinking about and feeling as they decide on their cancer treatments. The results of this study may help researchers develop new interventions that may better assist women newly diagnosed with breast cancer with their treatment decisions.

What does participation involve?

Screening for Eligibility   If you decide to sign up for the Treatment Decision Study, the research team will email you a link to participate in a two-part online screening survey (approximately 60 minutes to complete both parts). Afterwards, they will contact you to review your survey responses to determine your eligibility for study participation.

Procedures After Study Enrollment   Once eligible, you will be asked to complete Baseline Assessments, totaling 8 hours over the course of 1 week, some from home and some in person at Stanford University. At 6, 12, and 18 months after baseline, you will be asked to complete Follow-up Assessments from home, totaling 2 hours at each follow-up.  

Baseline Assessments (total of 8 hours)

Two in-person appointments at Stanford University (total of 5 hours)

  • MRI Brain Scan and Related Tasks (about 3.5 hours; 1 hour preparation, 2 hours in scanner, and 30 minutes of debriefing). Participate in various emotion related tasks while undergoing a functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) scan of the head. This is a noninvasive scan without contrast.
  • Behavioral Tasks (about 1.5 hours) Complete a series of computerized behavioral tasks that involve responding to various graphics, words, and/or letters.
  • Provide one tube of blood (less than 1.5 tablespoons)

At home (total of 3 hours)

  • 3-day Saliva Sample Collection (1 hour)
  • Online Questionnaire (total of 1-2 hours)

Follow-up Assessments (total of 6 hours)

Three follow-up assessments at months 6, 12, and 18. These 2-hour assessments are completed from home.

  • 1-day Saliva Sample Collection (15 minutes)
  • Online Questionnaire (total of 1-2 hours)

The Stanford research team will provide participants with a total of $550 for study completion. 

Stanford University, Stanford, CA