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Is Screening for Esophageal Pathology in Asymptomatic Patients Post-Treatment for Head and Neck Cancer Beneficial?


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Trial Information

Is Screening for Esophageal Pathology in Asymptomatic Patients Post-Treatment for Head and Neck Cancer Beneficial?


There are certain factors (i.e. alcohol, tobacco, decreased saliva production from
radiation) that predispose patients with a history of head and neck cancer to have
esophageal disease. Often, in the initial stages of the disease, patients do not have
symptoms. However, the early detection of precancerous lesions or small cancers improves
patients' chances of being cured. There is no direct data supporting the practice of
screening patients with a history of head and neck cancer after treatment for esophageal
disease if they are not experiencing symptoms. However, many argue that screening endoscopy
is justified in high risk patients to detect early esophageal cancer or dysplasia at a
curable state. We are, therefore, performing this study to determine the value of
endoscopic screening of the esophagus after treatment for head and neck cancer in patients
without symptoms.


Inclusion Criteria:



- Head and neck cancer patients that are six months post treatment and asymptomatic for
esophageal disease.

Exclusion Criteria:

- None if meets the inclusion criteria.

Type of Study:

Observational

Study Design:

Observational Model: Case-Only, Time Perspective: Cross-Sectional

Outcome Measure:

Early detection of esophageal cancer or dysplasia in patients without symptoms, after treating their primary cancer, may improve their chances of being cured of a secondary disease.

Outcome Time Frame:

unknown

Safety Issue:

No

Principal Investigator

Gregory Farwell, MD

Investigator Role:

Principal Investigator

Investigator Affiliation:

University of California, Davis

Authority:

United States: Institutional Review Board

Study ID:

200513668-3

NCT ID:

NCT00583934

Start Date:

September 2007

Completion Date:

November 2009

Related Keywords:

  • Esophageal Cancer
  • esophageal cancer, head and neck cancer, dysplasia
  • Esophageal Diseases
  • Esophageal Neoplasms
  • Head and Neck Neoplasms

Name

Location

University of California Davis Medical CenterSacramento, California  95817