Pre-treatment Exercises Versus Post-treatment Exercises for Dysphagia
This trial is active, not recruiting.
|Condition||head and neck cancer|
|Treatments||pre-treatment swallowing exercises, post-treatment swallowing exercises.|
|Sponsor||University of Alabama at Birmingham|
|Collaborator||American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Foundation|
|Start date||February 2006|
|End date||December 2013|
|Trial size||90 participants|
|Trial identifier||NCT00584129, F060123002|
The purpose of this project is to determine if pre-treatment swallowing exercises can improve post-treatment swallowing function in patients undergoing radiation with or without chemotherapy for advanced squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck.
|Intervention model||parallel assignment|
|Primary purpose||supportive care|
To test whether pre-treatment swallowing exercises compared with "usual care" (where exercises are taught post-treatment) improves quality of life in patients undergoing chemoradiation therapy for advanced head and neck cancer.
time frame: 8 weeks, 6 months, 12 months post radiation treatment
To test whether pre-treatment swallowing exercises compared with usual care improves secondary outcome measures related to dysphagia in this patient population.
time frame: 8 weeks, 6 mnths and 12 months post radiation.
Male or female participants at least 19 years old.
Inclusion Criteria: - Stage III or IV squamous cell cancer of teh pharynx and larynx - Patients who will be receiving chemoradiation - Age 19 years of age or older - Must sign informed consent. Exclusion Criteria: - Prior cancer diagnosis - Metastatic disease - Cognitive Impairment
|Official title||Determining the Efficacy of Pre-treatment Swallowing Therapy as a Means to Improve Dysphagia Quality of Life When Compared to Post-Treatment Therapy.|
|Principal investigator||William R. Carroll, MD|
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