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Low Level Laser Therapy for Hair Preservation With Chemotherapy for Breast Cancer

2014-08-27 03:15:25 | BioPortfolio

Summary

The purpose of this study is to see whether low level laser therapy can help maintain normal hair growth on the scalp in people receiving chemotherapy, which is generally associated with hair loss.

Description

Chemotherapy is a common treatment given to patients with breast cancer. Many chemotherapy drugs cause rapid hair loss. While hair loss is temporary, this side effect is a significant concern for patients. Low level laser therapy has been shown to help make hair grow. It is hoped that it may stop hair loss from occurring.

Participants will be receiving 20 to 30 minute laser sessions to their scalp twice a week beginning two weeks before treatment begins until one week past the last chemotherapy session. . Photographs will be taken during each study participant's initial visit, during treatment visits, and one month following the final chemotherapy treatment.

Study Design

Allocation: Non-Randomized, Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment, Masking: Open Label, Primary Purpose: Supportive Care

Conditions

Breast Cancer

Intervention

Low-Level Laser Therapy

Location

Northwestern University, Northwestern Memorial Faculty Foundation
Chicago
Illinois
United States
60611

Status

Not yet recruiting

Source

Northwestern University

Results (where available)

View Results

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Published on BioPortfolio: 2014-08-27T03:15:25-0400

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