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Advancing Survivors’ Knowledge (ASK) about skin cancer study: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial

Overview of attention for article published in Trials, March 2015
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Advancing Survivors’ Knowledge (ASK) about skin cancer study: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial
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Trials, March 2015
DOI 10.1186/s13063-015-0637-x
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Casey L Daniel, Gregory T Armstrong, Robyn R Keske, Jessica A Davine, Aaron J McDonald, Kim M Sprunck-Harrild, Catherine Coleman, Sebastien J Haneuse, Ann C Mertens, Karen M Emmons, Ashfaq A Marghoob, Elena B Elkin, Stephen W Dusza, Leslie L Robison, Alan C Geller


Advances in treatment have increased childhood cancer 5-year survival rates to greater than 80%. However, children previously treated with radiation are at significantly increased risk of developing subsequent neoplasms, the most common of which are skin cancers. The National Cancer Institute and Children's Oncology Group have issued recommendations for survivors treated with radiation to perform monthly skin self-examinations and receive a physician skin examination at least annually, as early detection has demonstrated markedly improved outcomes in the diagnosis and treatment of skin cancers. The goal of the present study is to increase rates of skin self-examinations and clinical skin examinations among adult survivors of childhood cancer treated with radiation. This randomized controlled trial uses a 3-group comparative effectiveness design comparing: (1) Patient Activation and Education (PAE) including text messaging, print and web-based tutorials over 12 months; (2) PAE plus physician activation (PAE + MD) adding physician activation/educational materials about survivors' increased skin cancer risk and conducting full-body skin exams; and (3) PAE plus physician activation, plus teledermoscopy (PAE + MD + TD) adding participant receipt of a dermatoscope intended to empower them to photograph suspect moles or lesions for review by the study dermatologist. The current study addresses barriers to screening in this population by providing educational and motivational information for both survivors and physicians regarding the value of periodic skin examinations. It also utilizes innovative mobile health technology to encourage and motivate (that is activate) survivors to conduct skin self-examinations, request physician exams, and obtain treatment when worrisome lesions are found. Finally, as a comparative effectiveness trial, this study isolates the effects of adding specific components to the patient activation intervention to test the most effective intervention for enhancing skin examination vigilance among this high-risk group. Clinicaltrials.gov: NCT02046811 ; Registration date: 22 January 2014.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United Kingdom 1 <1%
Unknown 151 99%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 23 15%
Student > Bachelor 18 12%
Researcher 15 10%
Student > Ph. D. Student 14 9%
Student > Doctoral Student 14 9%
Other 31 20%
Unknown 37 24%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 34 22%
Psychology 22 14%
Nursing and Health Professions 14 9%
Social Sciences 7 5%
Unspecified 6 4%
Other 21 14%
Unknown 48 32%

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