Bright Ideas - CIN Feasibility Study

Official Title

Improving Chemotherapy-induced Nausea Control Through Bright Ideas®-CIN Training: a Feasibility Study in Children Receiving Oral Chemotherapy


In this study investigators will determine the feasibility of a future trial comparing chemotherapy-induced nausea control in children with ALL receiving oral 6-mercaptopurine who do and do not receive problem-solving skill training. This is a novel approach to controlling an important and common treatment-related symptom.

Trial Description

Primary Outcome:

  • Percent of eligible patients who consent/assent to participate and completion of study procedures by 20 patients within 24 months
Secondary Outcome:
  • CIN and CIV incidence

This study will evaluate a novel approach to controlling a treatment-related symptom that detracts significantly from the quality of life of many patients. It will preserve and enhance the patient's and family's autonomy with respect to self-care. If found to be effective, this approach may be generalizable to pediatric patients receiving chemotherapy other than 6-mercaptopurine and thus has the potential to improve the quality of life of many children receiving cancer therapy.

This study will evaluate the efficacy of Bright IDEAS-CIN, adapted from the validated Bright IDEAS framework to improve CIN control in children with ALL who experience nausea while receiving 6-mercaptopurine. Bright IDEAS is an 8-session face-to-face intervention with a caregiver. In this first session, the caregiver is taught the problem-solving framework and begins working on their first self-selected problem. Sessions 2-7 involve working through relevant problems, with most caregivers working through 3-4 different problems. The final session summarizes the skills and discusses how to continue to use these new skills for new problems instead of lapsing into old ineffective strategies. Investigators adapted Bright IDEAS to meet the specific problem of CINV by adapting it to 3 sessions focused specifically on CINV, including the child in the conversation when developmentally appropriate and allowing the latter sessions to be conducted by phone or video-chat.

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