Houston, Texas 77030


This trial uses blood tests and questionnaires to study how well participants with head and neck cancer that has spread to other places in the body adhere to swallowing exercises to prevent future disease. Using blood tests to study cytokines (proteins related to the immune system) may help doctors learn if certain levels of cytokines affect whether or not side effects occur and if they put participants at risk for future disease. Questionnaires may help doctors learn about the reasons head and neck cancer participants may or may not follow the swallowing exercises that they are asked to perform after receiving radiation treatments.

Study summary:

PRIMARY OBJECTIVES: I. To determine whether illness perceptions significantly predict adherence to swallowing exercises at 6 months after the end of radiation. II. To determine whether sickness behaviors (depression, fatigue, pain)'s effect on illness perceptions are mediated by pro-inflammatory cytokines. III. To determine whether social support moderates the impact of coping on appraisal of coping. SECONDARY OBJECTIVES: I. As a secondary aim, to determine the feasibility and utility of cardiac impedance pre-ejection period measurement as a corollary measure for depression and distress. II. As a secondary aim, to identify potential genetic markers for swallowing dysfunction which has developed by the 6-month follow-up. OUTLINE: Participants provide blood samples prior to and at the 6-month visit after receiving radiation therapy. Participants also complete questionnaires either at home, in clinic, or via internet over 30 minutes prior to receiving radiation therapy and within 14 days of blood sample collection. After completion of study, participants are followed up periodically for up to 2 years.


Inclusion Criteria: - Are dispositioned to receive radiation with curative intent for nasopharyngeal, oropharyngeal, hypopharyngeal, laryngeal, or an unknown primary cancer with cervical metastases - Are stage II-IVb for non- human papillomavirus (HPV)- related oropharyngeal cancer - Have HPV- related oropharynx cancer that is T1, have nodal involvement with no distant metastasis or have HPV- related oropharynx cancer that is at least T2 with no distant metastasis - Are stage II-IVb for laryngeal cancer - Are stage I-IVb for hypopharyngeal - Are stage I-IVb for nasopharyngeal cancer - Have stage I-III unknown primary cancer with cervical Exclusion Criteria: - Have other cancer diagnoses, except non-melanoma skin cancer - Had treatment for previous head and neck cancer or radiation to the head and neck - Have a history of previous head and neck surgery (excluding biopsy and/or tonsillectomy and/or tracheotomy) - Have a current oropharyngeal dysphagia unrelated to cancer diagnosis (e.g., dysphagia due to underlying neurogenic disorder)



Primary Contact:

Principal Investigator
Eileen H Shinn
M.D. Anderson Cancer Center

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Location Contact:

Houston, Texas 77030
United States

Eileen H. Shinn
Phone: 713-745-0870

Site Status: Recruiting

Data Source: ClinicalTrials.gov

Date Processed: January 21, 2020

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