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Customized Headrest or Standard Headrest in Holding Patients Still While Undergoing Radiation Therapy for Head and Neck Cancer

2014-07-23 21:13:24 | BioPortfolio

Summary

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.

Description

OBJECTIVES:

Primary

- 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.

Secondary

- 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.

Study Design

Allocation: Randomized, Control: Active Control, Primary Purpose: Treatment

Conditions

Head and Neck Cancer

Intervention

questionnaire administration, 3-dimensional conformal radiation therapy, radiation therapy treatment planning/simulation

Location

Saint Luke's Hospital
Dublin
Ireland
6

Status

Recruiting

Source

National Cancer Institute (NCI)

Results (where available)

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Published on BioPortfolio: 2014-07-23T21:13:24-0400

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