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RATIONALE: Using a customized headrest to hold patients in one position may help doctors plan treatment for patients with head and neck cancer. It is not yet known whether a customized headrest is more effective than a standard headrest in holding patients still during radiation therapy.
PURPOSE: This randomized clinical trial is studying a customized headrest to see how well it works compared with a standard headrest in holding patients still while undergoing radiation therapy for head and neck cancer.
- To evaluate and compare the treatment set-up accuracy of customized vs standard headrest in immobilizing patients undergoing radiotherapy for head and neck cancer.
- To determine and compare patient comfort with the two immobilization techniques.
- To evaluate radiation therapists' satisfaction with the two immobilization techniques.
- To examine and compare the cost effectiveness of the two immobilization techniques.
OUTLINE: This is a multicenter study. Patients are randomized to 1 of 2 arms.
- Arm I: Patients are immobilized using the standard thermoplastic four-point fixation mask and the standard headrest system. Patients undergo 3-dimensional conformal radiotherapy as per standard of care.
- Arm II: Patients are immobilized using the standard thermoplastic four-point fixation mask and the customized headrest system. Patients undergo 3-dimensional conformal radiotherapy as per standard of care.
Patients score their comfort using the Visual Analogue Scale during the course of radiotherapy. Radiation therapists complete an evaluation questionnaire for each treatment planning and procedure.
Allocation: Randomized, Control: Active Control, Primary Purpose: Treatment
Head and Neck Cancer
questionnaire administration, 3-dimensional conformal radiation therapy, radiation therapy treatment planning/simulation
Saint Luke's Hospital
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Published on BioPortfolio: 2014-07-23T21:13:24-0400
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