Observational Study of Swallowing Function After Treatment of Advanced Laryngeal Cancer
At the time of registration patients will be categorized into 2 groups based on the initial
treatment plan as either chemoradiation-based or surgically-based (laryngectomy). Treatment
will be assigned by the patient's physician, it will not be assigned by the study.
Patients will be asked to complete a series of 4 questionnaires addressing swallowing
function, generic health status, head and neck cancer-specific quality of life, and
self-reported speech function at 3 time points (baseline, 6 months and 12 months after the
end of treatment). The treating physician will provide basic clinical information at these
same time points. In centers where swallowing and voice assessments are done as part of
standard of care, data from these studies will also be provided.
Study entry is open to all adults regardless of gender or ethnic background. Specific
information regarding the definitive treatment (surgery or chemoradiation) will be provided
to the patient by the treating physician as part of the routine standard of care. Any
treatment related side effects, as well as the duration of therapy and follow-up will be
managed by the treating physician. Participation in this study will have no effect on the
initial treatment decisions or the course of care.
Observational Model: Cohort, Time Perspective: Prospective
Swallowing Function Scores
The primary outcome will be self-reported swallowing function (M.D. Anderson Dysphagia Inventory questionnaire - MDADI) 12 months after treatment. Analysis will compare MDADI scores of patients treated initially with laryngectomy vs. those of patients treated initially with chemoradiation.
12 months after Treatment
Bevan Yueh, MD, MPH
Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota
United States: Institutional Review Board
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