A Study of Cognitive Behavioral Cancer Stress Management (CBCSM) and its Effects on Cancer Distress


  • Study type

  • Study IDs

  • Describes the nature of a clinical study. Types include:

    • Observational study — observes people and measures outcomes without affecting results.
    • Interventional study (clinical trial) — studies new tests, treatments, drugs, surgical procedures or devices.
    • Medical records research — uses historical information collected from medical records of large groups of people to study how diseases progress and which treatments and surgeries work best.
  • Site IRB
    • Rochester, Minnesota: 17-000947
    Sponsor Protocol Number: 17-000947

About this study

The purpose of this study is to test the effectiveness of cancer stress management (CBCSM) as a clinical service at Mayo Clinic.

Participation eligibility

Participant eligibility includes age, gender, type and stage of disease, and previous treatments or health concerns. Guidelines differ from study to study, and identify who can or cannot participate. If you need assistance understanding the eligibility criteria, please contact the study team.

See eligibility criteria

Inclusion Criteria: 

  • Eligible for the CBCSM clinical service
  • Cancer diagnosis with predicted survival >1 year
  • Cancer treatment within past 1 year or treatment planning in progress
  • Age ≥ 18-years
  • Moderate distress screen, indicated by IES-R score ≥14 or clinical judgment
  • Written informed research consent

Exclusion Criteria: 

  • Inability to actively participate in and learn from group therapy (e.g., psychotic symptoms, neurological condition, personality pathology) as determined by clinical judgment in clinical consultation. (Individual therapy or alternative group therapy will be offered.)

Participating Mayo Clinic locations

Study statuses change often. Please contact us for help.

Mayo Clinic Location Status Contact

Rochester, Minn.

Mayo Clinic principal investigator

Shawna Ehlers, Ph.D., L.P.

Open for enrollment

Contact information:

Sherrie Hanna M.A., L.P.




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