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A Robot (My Special Aflac Duck) for the Reduction of Medical Setting Distress in Pediatric Cancer Patients

Cancer Type
Hematopoietic Malignancies
Solid Tumor
Trial Phase
3 - 10 Years, Male and Female
Study Type
Supportive care
Protocol IDs
AFLAC4875-19 (primary)
Study Sponsor
Children's Healthcare of Atlanta - Egleston


This trial studies how well a robot called My Special Aflac Duck (MSAD) works in reducing medical setting distress in pediatric cancer patients. MSAD is an animatronic device that provides elements of distraction to children undergoing stressful and painful medical procedures. Providing pediatric cancer patients with MSAD may distract them and minimize distress over the early course of their treatment.


I. To determine how MSAD impacts reported medical setting distress over time for pediatric oncology patients.
II. To examine changes in the utilization of MSAD over time.
III. To determine if there are differences in utilization of MSAD by age, race, ethnicity, or cancer diagnosis, and whether these differences affect distress outcomes.

OUTLINE: Patients are randomized to 1 of 2 arms.

ARM I (MSAD HOSPITALS): Patients use the MSAD robot for 3 months.

ARM II (CONTROL HOSPITALS): Patients receive standard of care for 3 months, and may then use the MSAD robot at the end of the study.


  1. All cancer diagnoses
  2. English or Spanish speaking (parent and child)

Treatment Sites in Georgia

Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center of Children’s at Egleston

1405 Clifton Road NE
3rd Floor
Atlanta, GA 30322

Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University

1365 Clifton Road NE
Building C
Atlanta, GA 30322

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