The aim of the study is to compare the benefits of three types of individual treatment
programs for cancer patients: Meaning-Centered counseling, Supportive counseling, and
Enhanced Usual Care.
We would like to train therapists in administering these types of counseling, so that they
have expertise to work on the study. The therapists will administer either the
Meaning-Centered counseling or the Supportive counseling, as part of their training.
Many cancer patients use counseling or other resources to help with the emotional burden of
their illnesses. Counseling often helps them cope with cancer by giving them a place to
express their feelings. "Meaning-Centered" counseling aims to teach cancer patients how to
maintain or even increase a sense of meaning and purpose in their lives, despite cancer.
"Supportive" counseling is intended to help the patient cope with cancer by giving them a
place to express their feelings and get support. Enhanced Usual Care is intended to offer the
patient referrals and resources that are matched to their individual needs in addition to the
care they are already receiving at MSKCC.