Ongoing Clinical Research 

As we embark on the new year, the research team from Meaning-Centered Psychotherapy for Chinese Patients with Advanced Cancer at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center is excited to share with you the progress we have made thus far and the impact you have had on the study.

Previous studies have shown that Chinese patients value their doctors highly and that provider-patient relationships are pivotal in the recruitment of this population. Looking ahead to 2024, we are eager to continue our collaboration and build upon the foundation we have established together. 

We appreciate your contribution to fostering trust and your commitment to ensuring the patients receive the support they need, regardless of the language they speak.

We are recruiting patients!

Study Title: IRB #14-076 Chinese Adaptation of Meaning-Centered Psychotherapy for Chinese Advanced Cancer Patients

  Study Description: This study offers 6 free counseling sessions to Chinese advanced cancer patients. The sessions will be delivered remotely by bilingual interventionists who speak Mandarin or through interpretation. Each session lasts around 45-60 minutes. Patients who complete the sessions will be compensated $100 over the course of the study.

ยท         Eligibility:

-Stage III or IV of any cancer type

-Chinese descent


-Above 18 years old

-Reside in New York State or New Jersey

         Study Flyers: Please see the attachments (While the flyer doesn’t specify, this study has been approved by MSK’s IRB to recruit patients who reside in New York State and New Jersey)

We understand the demands of your profession and appreciate the time and effort you dedicate to our study.  If there are any specific ways we can further support you or address any concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out.


New York Female Asian Nonsmoker Screening Study (FANSS)

Elaine Shum, MD, and Donna Shelley, MD, MPH. NYU Langone Medical Center

Subject Matter: Lung Cancer

Investigator Contact: Dr. Elaine Shum - (212) 731-6212,


Lung cancer is the number one cause of cancer death in the United States and lung cancer is often associated with a smoking history. However, it is less well known that approximately 20% of lung cancer is diagnosed in non-smokers. In particular, Asian female nonsmokers appear to have higher incidences of lung cancer based on large studies done in Asia. Early detection of lung cancer at early stages through lung cancer screening provides the best chance of cure.

The New York Female Asian Nonsmoker Screening Study (FANSS) is a research study being con- ducted at NYU Perlmutter Cancer Center. It will evaluate the feasibility of performing low dose CT Chest (LDCT) scans paired with a blood-based assay to potentially early detect cancer.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Women of Asian descent,

  • ages 40-74 years old,

  • never smokers or less than 100 cigarettes in their lifetime, and

  • living in the New York metropolitan area, Long Island and Westchester will be invited.

Eligible women will undergo free LDCT scans yearly for 3 years, have one tube of blood drawn yearly for 3 years, and be administered a questionnaire inquiring about medical history, family history and environmental exposures. The project is an IRB-approved protocol at NYU Langone Medical Center (#S20-00212) with principal investigator Dr. Elaine Shum. Members are encouraged to learn more about this project by emailing or by phone (212)731-6212.

Positive Minds Strong Bodies Study: A Program For elders To Manage Stress and Improve Physical Health

Subject Matter: Geriatric Stress

Investigator Contact: Dr. Sahnah Lim at or Janet Pan at

Through a grant from the National Institute on Aging (PI: Dr. Alegria), the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Disparities Research Unit is conducting a study to examine how to build collaborative research to pro- vide mental health and disability prevention treatment in community-based organizations (CBOs) that serve ethnic minority elder clients. This program aims to prevent disability by combining a culturally and linguistically competent mental health (Positive Minds) and exercise (Strong Bodies) intervention.

Intervention Group: Participants randomized to the intervention group will receive 10 individual psycho- social intervention sessions and 36 group exercise sessions. Once the program is completed, they can join group maintenance sessions for each component.

Control group: Each participant in the control group will receive information about depression and anxie- ty, and the importance of taking care of mental and physical health. Control group participants will be contacted by phone every other week for a symptom assessment.

Both groups will be assessed at baseline and 3, 6, and 12 months and will receive a gift card for their time.

In response to COVID-19, we will offer the program via phone and zoom video conference.


- Age 60+

- Fluency in English, Spanish, Mandarin or Cantonese Chinese

- With mild, moderate or severe depressive or anxiety symptoms

- Without any specialty mental health care in the past 3 months. Participants using anti-depressants will be included.

- People with severe mobility limitations will be excluded.

Development of lung cancer screening survey questionnaire YL Tan, NYU Center for Study of Asian American Health

Subject Matter: Lung Cancer

Physician Survey Link: 

The United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) changed the lung cancer screening recommendations in March 2021.

The new recommendations are as follows; Adults aged 50 to 80 years who have a 20 pack-year smoking history and currently smoke or have quit within the past 15 years:

  • Screen for lung cancer with low-dose computed tomography (CT) every year. 
  • Stop screening once a person has not smoked for 15 years or has a health problem that limits life expectancy or the ability to have lung surgery.

The NYU Center for the Study of Asian American Health seeks to develop an educational and social media campaign to promote lung cancer screening in at-risk Chinese Americans. Com- pleting this survey would help us design a culturally tailored educational campaign to increase lung cancer screening. This survey should take approximately 5 minutes to complete. No iden- tifying information will be collected and your responses will remain confidential. Thank you very much for your participation!

Breast Cancer Screening in Immigrant Women

Subject Matter: Breast Cancer

Investigator Contact: Carina Yuk Man Tang - (212) 824-7802,


Dr. Lina Jandorf at the Mount Sinai Icahn School of Medicine is conducting a study to learn about the needs of Chinese immigrant women in accessing breast cancer screening. Eligible participants are either a) Chinese women 40 years or older who were born in China and can read and speak English, Cantonese and/or Mandarin, or b) a Chinese community leader or gate- keeper who can read and speak English, Cantonese or Mandarin. Interested eligible persons should speak with Carina Yuk Man Tang at (212) 824-7802, or email

Diabetes Care Project

Subject Matter: Diabetes

Investigator Contact: Dr. Lu Hu - (347) 390-2416,


CARE (Chinese American Research and Education) Project

Dr. Lu Hu is an Assistant Professor at NYU Grossman School of Medicine. She is currently leading 2 NIH funded studies focusing on using WeChat to deliver culturally and linguistically tailored diabetes education videos to low-income Chinese immigrants with diabetes. The preliminary data from her pilot study demonstrated high acceptability and feasibility of the intervention and had a significant 0.6% reduction in HbA1c at 6-months follow up. Dr. Hu is seeking to recruit more Chinese immigrants with T2D and examine the efficacy of this CARE program in a random- ized clinical trial. If you are interested in providing this virtual diabetes program to your pa- tients, please feel free to call her at 347-380-2416 or email her at

Gilead Patient Education Project 

Subject Matter: Hepatitis B

Investigator Contact: 1 (877) 311-0783,

Gilead is asking for your help in identifying patients who have been prescribed VEMLIDY (tenofovir) and may be willing to participate in educational initiatives sponsored by Gilead, aimed at providing support to patients diagnosed with chronic Hepatitis B.

Desired Individual Criteria:

  • Diagnosed with chronic Hepatitis B 
  • Patient currently taking VEMLIDY (tenofovir) 
  • Interested in sharing their story about living with Hep B and experience taking VEMLIDY 
  • Bi-lingual (preferred) 
  • Based on Hep B prevalence, representative of Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, Nigerian ethnicities 
  • Ability to travel, if needed

If you know of anyone who may fit the above criteria, please ask candidates to self-nominate by calling: 1-877-311-0783 or Email:

Study Information: Counseling for Chinese Cancer Patients

Subject Matter: Cancer 

Investigator Contact: Miss Chloe Chan, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, (917) 692-9569

By Florence Lui, PhD -- With my colleague and mentor Dr. Jennifer Leng, I have been working on a project to cultural- ly adapt Meaning-Centered Psychotherapy (MCP)—a humanistic-existential counseling inter- vention first developed by Drs. William Breitbart and Shannon Poppito at Memorial SloanKettering Cancer Center to improve quality of life in advanced cancer—for Chinese cancer pa- tients. We have completed the first iteration of our adaptation and are now enrolling patients into a pilot trial. This has been both rewarding and challenging work. Below are a few themes and related questions that undertaking this project has raised. I hope these issues will reso- nate with CAMS members and would love to hear your responses and thoughts. I also hope you will consider referring those in your network (patients, family members, or friends) to participate in our study (see last paragraph for details).

Human beings crave and need meaning in our livesMental health stigma in the Chinese community is real and pervasive
Caring for patients across or within cultures is rarely a one
-size-fits-all proposition. 

Patients may be eligible if they are:

  • Over 18 years old
  • Of Chinese descent
  • Speak Mandarin
  • Have advanced cancer of any type 
  • Reside in New York State 

Patients may be able to join our study to receive specialized support and counseling. Your in- volvement will allow us to find ways to help Chinese patients cope with cancer. Study partici- pants will receive a total of $100 for completing the study and will receive 6 free 60-mintue counseling sessions, delivered by videoconference or telephone by a trained psychologist.

Doctor Survey About Dementia Care

Subject Matter: Dementia 

Investigator Contact: Jennifer Zanowiak - (646) 501-3502,

If you are interested in participating in this study, click on

Researchers at NYU Langone Health are conducting a research study titled Adapting the KAER Framework to Support Early Diagnosis and Treatment of Dementia in Asian Americans. Dr. Stella Yi from the Department of Population Health at NYU Langone Health is the Principal In- vestigator.

The purpose of this study is to learn more about how you care for people living with memory loss. We ask about how people with memory disorders (such as dementia, or Alzheimer's) come to your attention. We are interested in whether you refer individuals and families be- tween medical providers and community based organizations and how these connections might be made stronger. We are also interested in your opinions about the usability and ac- ceptability of tools for community-based organizations might use to increase awareness and early detection of cognitive impairment and dementia in diverse Asian-American communi- ties.

You are being invited to take part in this study because you are a healthcare provider serving Asian American (e.g. East, Southeast, and South Asian Americans) communities in New York City.

To be eligible, you must be:

1)  Adult 18 years and over

2)  Healthcare providers serving patients of Asian American ethnicity

3)  Able and willing to provide consent

Participation in this study involves completing a one-time anonymous online survey. It will take about 15 minutes to complete the survey. Questions are asked about community-clinical referrals for cognitive impairment and dementia and to rate the usefulness of select provider materials.

Participation in this study is voluntary. You may choose not to participate or exit the survey at any time without penalty. You may skip any question you do not wish to answer for any rea- son. If you have any questions about this study, please contact the Program Manager for this study, Jennifer Zanowiak, at or 646-501-3502.

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