Prospective Investigation of the Quality of Life, Emotional Functioning, and Treatment Satisfaction among Patients in Radiation Medicine

Principal Investigator

Sara Walker

Study Purpose

The purpose of this study is to better understand the role of pre-treatment mood and quality of life on mid-treatment mood and quality of life, as well as post-treatment mood, quality of life, and treatment satisfaction. Knowing how mood and quality of life affect individuals before, during, and after radiation treatment will allow us to develop and implement ways of providing the best individualized support to individuals undergoing similar treatment in the future.

Medical Condition(s)

Quality of life among individuals with breast or prostate cancer, who are seeking curative treatment with radiation.

Eligibility Criteria

Individuals who are older than age 18, who can read English-language questionnaires, and who are seeking curative radiation treatment for breast or prostate cancer.

Age Range

18 - 100

Healthy Volunteers Needed


Duration of Participation

Approximately 12 months.

Participants will be asked to complete questionnaires for the first time prior to initiating radiation treatment. They will be asked to complete standardized questionnaires at approximately the halfway point of their treatment, at the end of their treatment, and at their one-month follow-up office visit. We will also ask to contact participants via phone approximately 12 months after their follow-up visit in order to ask questions about quality of life and general health at that time.

Minors Included



Sara Walker, PhD


Department of Radiation Medicine
Division of Psychology, Department of Psychiatry

Recruitment End


Compensation Provided


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