Prospective Measurement of Post-Treatment Lymphedema in Patients With Melanoma
If you choose to take part in this study, you will have measurements taken of your arms or
legs using a Perometer and a bioimpedance machine. The Perometer is a machine that
painlessly measures the fluid in your limb using two-directional infrared lights. These
lights are located in the frame of the machine that encircles the arm or leg during the
measurement. The bioimpedance is a machine that measures the fluid in your arm or leg by
passing a very small current through the body similar to an electrocardiogram (EKG). These
very small currents are located in electrodes that are placed on the hands and feet during
the measurement. Both machines are able to pick up changes in limb size.
You will also be asked to complete a set of questionnaires relating to any symptoms that you
may experience in your limbs and/or trunk (chest, stomach, and hip areas) during and
following your standard cancer treatment.
Additional questionnaires, along with your limb measurements, will be done at your
regularly-scheduled follow-up clinic visits, 3-6 months, 9-12 months, 15-18 months, 21-24
months and 27- 30 months. You will complete the additional questionnaires using a laptop
computer or a hardcopy. The measurements and questionnaires will take 45-60 minutes to
complete each time.
This is an investigational study. About 250 patients will take part in this study. All
patients will be enrolled at MD Anderson.
Observational Model: Case-Only, Time Perspective: Prospective
Number of incidences of lymphedema following surgical treatment of stage I, II, and III cutaneous malignant melanoma
30 Month Period
Janice N. Cormier, MD
M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
United States: Institutional Review Board
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