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Effect of the Subconscious on Mohs Micrographic Surgery

25 Years
Not Enrolling
Basal Cell Carcinoma, Squamous Cell Carcinoma

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Trial Information

Effect of the Subconscious on Mohs Micrographic Surgery

Patients are instructed in relaxation techniques. The goal of this study is to determine
how relaxation techniques affect the patient's Mohs micrographic surgery experience.

Inclusion Criteria:

- Age 25 and older

- Subjects are undergoing micrographic Mohs surgery for facial basal and squamous cell

- The subjects are in good health.

- The subjects have willingness and the ability to understand and provide informed
consent for the use of their tissue and communicate with the investigator.

Exclusion Criteria:

- Subjects who have wound healing problems.

- Subjects who have had prior Mohs surgery.

- Subjects who are smokers.

- Subjects who are currently using anticoagulation therapy

- Subjects who have a history of bleeding disorders.

- Subjects who are unable to understand the protocol or to give informed consent

- Subjects with known mental illness or other psychological conditions, such as
psychotic disorders, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, cognitive disorders,
depression with psychotic features, dissociative disorders.

- Subjects who are taking medications that may affect healing such as prednisone, or
any immunosuppressants.

- Subjects who are immunocompromised.

- Subjects who have Diabetes Mellitus or any other condition determined by the PI to
affect healing.

Type of Study:


Study Design:

Allocation: Randomized, Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Single Blind (Outcomes Assessor), Primary Purpose: Treatment

Outcome Measure:

Patient anxiety

Outcome Time Frame:

1 day

Safety Issue:


Principal Investigator

Murad Alam, MD

Investigator Role:

Principal Investigator

Investigator Affiliation:

Northwestern University


United States: Institutional Review Board

Study ID:




Start Date:

December 2007

Completion Date:

August 2009

Related Keywords:

  • Basal Cell Carcinoma
  • Squamous Cell Carcinoma
  • Mohs Surgery
  • Carcinoma
  • Carcinoma, Basal Cell
  • Carcinoma, Squamous Cell



Murad Alam, MD Chicago, Illinois  60611