Measuring Musculoskeletal Symptoms in Patients Receiving Aromatase Inhibitors
Current guidelines recommend endocrine treatment with aromatase inhibitors (AIs) in post-menopausal women with hormone receptor-positive breast cancer. Musculoskeletal symptoms are commonly reported with AI treatment,however, we do not have consistent methods to measure these symptoms prospectively. This gap in our knowledge inhibits the ability to test and develop treatments for AI-associated musculoskeletal symptoms. This pilot study will evaluate functional tests and standardized instruments for their ability to prospectively assess musculoskeletal symptoms in women being treated with AIs for breast cancer.
Specific Aims: 1) identify a core set of instruments for measuring musculoskeletal symptoms, 2) model the time course and predictors of change in musculoskeletal symptoms, 3) explore the effect of musculoskeletal symptoms on adherence to AIs in women during the first 6 months of AI treatment.
Methods: We will prospectively assess musculoskeletal symptoms due to treatment with aromatase inhibitors. Post-menopausal women beginning AI treatment for hormone responsive breast cancer will be invited to join this study.
Observational Model: Cohort, Time Perspective: Prospective
Park Nicollet Institute
St. Louis Park
Park Nicollet Institute
Results (where available)
- Source: http://clinicaltrials.gov/show/NCT01074320
- Information obtained from ClinicalTrials.gov on July 15, 2010
Medical and Biotech [MESH] Definitions
Metastatic breast cancer characterized by EDEMA and ERYTHEMA of the affected breast due to LYMPHATIC METASTASIS and eventual obstruction of LYMPHATIC VESSELS by the cancer cells.
A infiltrating (invasive) breast cancer, relatively uncommon, accounting for only 5%-10% of breast tumors in most series. It is often an area of ill-defined thickening in the breast, in contrast to the dominant lump characteristic of ductal carcinoma. It is typically composed of small cells in a linear arrangement with a tendency to grow around ducts and lobules. There is likelihood of axillary nodal involvement with metastasis to meningeal and serosal surfaces. (DeVita Jr et al., Cancer: Principles & Practice of Oncology, 3d ed, p1205)
Carbohydrate antigen elevated in patients with tumors of the breast, ovary, lung, and prostate as well as other disorders. The mucin is expressed normally by most glandular epithelia but shows particularly increased expression in the breast at lactation and in malignancy. It is thus an established serum marker for breast cancer.
Tumors or cancer of the human BREAST.
The phosphoprotein encoded by the BRCA1 gene (GENE, BRCA1). In normal cells the BRCA1 protein is localized in the nucleus, whereas in the majority of breast cancer cell lines and in malignant pleural effusions from breast cancer patients, it is localized mainly in the cytoplasm. (Science 1995;270(5237):713,789-91)
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