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Toward an Understanding of Body Image Adaptation Following Surgical Treatment for Head and Neck Cancer

18 Years
Open (Enrolling)
Head and Neck Cancer

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Trial Information

Toward an Understanding of Body Image Adaptation Following Surgical Treatment for Head and Neck Cancer

If you agree to take part in this study, you will take part in a face-to-face interview with
the study staff. It should take about 1 hour to complete. You will also be asked to
complete a questionnaire about your demographic information such as age and ethnicity. The
interview will be done in a private research area and will be audio-recorded.

The researchers are interested in learning more about your experience of adjusting to the
changes in your appearance after your surgery for head and neck cancer. You may be asked to
look in a mirror and describe what you see.

If you ask for another interview, or if the interviewer would like your information made
more clear, you will be scheduled for a second interview. You will be provided with an
early summary of your interview, and you will be able to provide feedback over the phone or
in writing on the accuracy of the information and the conclusions.

This is an investigational study.

Up to 20 patients and 15 healthcare providers will take part in this study. All will be
enrolled at MD Anderson.

Inclusion Criteria:

1. At least 18 years of age

2. English speaking

3. For patients: Within 6 weeks of undergoing surgical resection for a tumor in the head
and neck region, or within 1-3 years from such surgery.

4. For providers: Inpatient clinical staff (i.e. surgeons, nurses, nursing assistants,
physical therapists) who care for surgically treated head and neck cancer patients
during acute postoperative recovery, and/or outpatient clinical staff (i.e. nurses,
physician assistants) who care for these patients throughout active treatment and
into the period of survivorship.

5. For providers: Having worked with surgically treated head and neck cancer patients
for at least one year.

Exclusion Criteria:

1) For patients: cognitive impairment documented in their medical record (e.g. delirium,
dementia) impeding the ability to offer a narrative of his/her experience.

Type of Study:


Study Design:

Observational Model: Cohort, Time Perspective: Prospective

Outcome Measure:

Patients' Body Image Adaptation (Interviews)

Outcome Description:

Patients' experiences of viewing themselves in the mirror immediately after surgical treatment for head and neck cancer. Descriptive information derived from 1 hour face-to-face interviews with qualitative methodology using Grounded Theory design and methods with use of constant comparative technique and analysis.

Outcome Time Frame:

Study period 2 years to complete face-to-face interviews

Safety Issue:


Principal Investigator

Michelle C. Fingeret, PHD

Investigator Role:

Principal Investigator

Investigator Affiliation:

UT MD Anderson Cancer Center


United States: Institutional Review Board

Study ID:




Start Date:

August 2011

Completion Date:

Related Keywords:

  • Head and Neck Cancer
  • Head and Neck Cancer
  • Body Image Adaptation
  • Post surgical body image
  • Audio-recorded interview
  • Questionnaire
  • Survey
  • Head and Neck Neoplasms



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