Clinical Trial NU 08N1
- Functional Status after Treatment for Head and Neck
- Principal Investigator
- Jerilyn Logemann
- Status: Accepting New Patients
- Study Type: Observation, QOL
- Protocol No:.NU 08N1
- Participants being asked to enroll in this study were treated for cancer of the head and neck between September 1, 2002 and March 31, 2007. The purpose of the investigation is to learn the types of eating and swallowing problems experienced more than a year after completing cancer treatment.
- This study is being performed to understand the current problems participants treated for cancer of the head and neck may be having with eating and swallowing. Patients who have cancer of the head and neck often have problems with eating and swallowing immediately after the cancer has been removed. We are interviewing participants who have been treated for head and neck cancer to see how they are doing with these functions now, more than a year after cancer treatment.
Some of the eligibility criteria include:
- Participants who were treated for a first cancer of the head and neck from September 1, 2002 through March 31, 2007 with radiotherapy, chemoradiation, or primary surgery are eligible to participate in this study.
- Description of Treatment
- Participants will complete a brief survey that will be mailed with a consent form. At the end of the brief survey, participants are asked to provide a preferred telephone number and time of day to receive a telephone call from the research staff. Participants will mail back the brief interview and signed consent form in the enclosed stamped self-addressed envelope. Participants will receive a followup telephone call within 2 weeks of returning the brief interview and consent form. After returning the brief survey and signed consent form, Dr. Jeri Logemann, the investigator, or her research staff will examine the medical record to obtain information concerning cancer treatment (type of treatment, date of surgery and structures removed, dates and amount of radiotherapy, dates and amount of chemotherapy) and any treatments you received for eating and swallowing problems (x-ray swallow evaluation study results, type of swallowing therapy, number of swallowing therapy sessions). The information from the medical record may be photocopied; however, this information will be used only to interpret study results. Within two weeks of returning the brief survey and signed consent form, participants will receive a follow-up telephone interview. During the telephone interview, a swallow therapist from the Voice, Speech, and Swallowing Service at Northwestern Memorial Hospital will ask some additional questions about foods and any swallowing problems as well as any therapy received to make eating and swallowing better. The swallow therapist will also ask a set of questions about physical and emotional status. Participation in this study will last for up to two weeks and will involve completion of the brief survey and one telephone call with the researchers. The brief survey will take approximately 10 minutes to complete and the follow-up telephone call will take approximately 20 minutes.
- Sara Duffey
Clinical Research and Education Specialist
Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center
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