Morbidity Following the Diagnosis and Treatment of Patients With Breast Cancer

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Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : November 21, 2001
Last Update Posted : May 16, 2018
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (CC)

Brief Summary:

This study will examine the frequency and severity of problems in women with breast cancer during the first year after initial medical treatment, including:

  • Physical impairments, such as loss of strength or flexibility, increased weight and swelling
  • Symptom distress, such as pain, fatigue and weakness.
  • Functional limitations and disabilities, such as loss of independence in activities of daily living (e.g., grooming, bathing, dressing, driving a car), work and social and recreational activities.

It will identify factors associated with these problems and try to determine their relationship to them.

Patients 18 years of age and older with stage I, II, III or IV breast cancer may be eligible for this study. Participants will be drawn from patients referred to the National Naval Medical Center for diagnosis and treatment during 2000-20001.

Participants will be interviewed and their medical records reviewed for past medical history, history of the present illness and social and recreational history. They will be seen five times over a 1-year period (initial visit and at 3, 6, 9, and 12 months), for 30-minute visits, which will include the following:

  • Interview about past medical history and present illness, social and recreational activities, functional independence at work and during activities of daily living.
  • Complete health survey and upper limb disability questionnaire; physical activity questionnaire to be completed at 6 and 12 months after medical treatment begins. The questionnaires take about 30 to 40 minutes to complete.
  • Upper body examination, including pain measurement using a 10-point scale, an upper limb lift test, and measures of upper limb volume and girth.

Condition or disease
Breast Cancer Lymphedema Physical Therapy Shoulder

Detailed Description:
This retrospective (case-control) outcome study will investigate the frequency and severity of morbidities in a population of approximately 160 patients diagnosed with breast cancer before and after medical and surgical treatment. Subjects will be followed for one-year with quarterly examinations (baseline [pre-medical treatment] and at 1, 3 months, 6 months, 9 months and 12 months after treatment). In order for cancer survivors to understand the risk of impairment and functional limitations, and disability; and for health care providers to determine the risk of physical impairment, functional limitations, and loss of independence (morbidity) in patients with breast cancer; it is necessary to study these patients from the point of diagnosis (before surgery) to a reasonable period following the completion of the primary treatment program (1 year after medical treatment). Although pain, numbness, fatigue, lymphedema and diminished physical function are described as prevalent and debilitating conditions, remarkably few clinical studies are published describing the associated physical impairments, functional limitations or on methods for their control with measures prior to medical intervention and long-term follow-up. While several past reports have identified the impact of medical and surgical intervention on symptom distress and functional capacity of these patients, these studies do not provide sufficient evidence to identify the: 1) level of physical impairment that predicts morbidity in these patients, 2) individual factors that are specific predictors of morbidity in these patients, or 3) time period in which these morbidities occur. The majority of previous studies investigating morbidity of patients with breast cancer following medical and surgical intervention are cross-sectional, case series, retrospective analysis without a comparison/control group and without baseline measures prior to intervention. The proposed outcome study will include: 1) a retrospective review of specific medical record information such as staging conference information and the standard clinical quarterly examination during a one year period, and 2) administration of a follow-up outcome questionnaire, a physical activity questionnaire and a quality of life questionnaire at the 6 and 12 months time points. The outcome survey is an upper limb disability questionnaire developed as an outcome measure for this project. Data available in these measurement domains will allow the researchers to determine the: 1) frequency and severity of: a) symptom distress (fatigue, pain including chronic pain, aching, weakness, burning, tingling, numbness, anxiety, and depression) and pathological conditions (adhesive capsulitis, weakness and atrophy, neuropathy, scar/skin adhesions, lymphedema), b) physical impairments (diminished upper extremity and trunk range of motion/flexibility, strength, coordination and increased girth), and c) functional imitations and disabilities during the course of the medical treatment (loss of independence in or ability to perform routine activities of daily living i.e., grooming, bathing, dressing, driving an automobile, and in some cases, return to their regular work, recreational and social activities). 2) level of impairment at which these patients have lost independence in function and identity those patients at higher risk for the loss of independence in function (e.g., ADL's).

Study Type : Observational
Actual Enrollment : 165 participants
Observational Model: Cohort
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: Morbidity Following the Diagnosis and Treatment of Patients With Breast Cancer: A Multi-Institutional Study Between the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Rehabilitation Medicine Department (RMD) and the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC) Breast Care Center
Study Start Date : November 16, 2001
Study Completion Date : August 17, 2016

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MedlinePlus related topics: Breast Cancer
U.S. FDA Resources

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Upper limb strength [ Time Frame: 1,3,6,9,12,60 months ]
  2. Range of motion [ Time Frame: 1,3,6,9,12,60 month ]
  3. Upper limb volume [ Time Frame: 1,3,6,9,12,60 month ]

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 85 Years   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Population/Subjects: Individuals with breast cancer are identified among the patient population at National Naval Medical Center (NNMC). Patients referred to the NNMC Breast Care Center (NNMC-BCC) for diagnosis and management (surgical treatment and radiation treatment or chemotherapy) of histologically established breast cancer (stage I, II, III, or IV) during 2000-2001, are eligible to participate in the study.

Subjects must be over age 18. This age ensures they are post-puberty as breast cancer does not occur prior to puberty; and been seen pre-surgical or medical intervention for baseline measurements and agree to participate in five follow-up visits of 30 minutes in duration during the next year.


Subject's medical records are unavailable and clinical examination forms are incomplete.

Subjects choose not to participate in the study.

Subjects are unable to complete the questionnaires.

Subjects are under age 18.

Men are not excluded from the study.

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00027105

United States, Maryland
National Institutes of Health Clinical Center, 9000 Rockville Pike
Bethesda, Maryland, United States, 20892
Sponsors and Collaborators
National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (CC)
Principal Investigator: Minal Jain, R.P.T. National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (CC)

Responsible Party: National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (CC) Identifier: NCT00027105     History of Changes
Obsolete Identifiers: NCT00514176
Other Study ID Numbers: 020044
First Posted: November 21, 2001    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: May 16, 2018
Last Verified: August 17, 2016

Keywords provided by National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (CC):
Shoulder function
Breast Cancer
Breast Cancer Surgery
Quality of Life

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Breast Neoplasms
Neoplasms by Site
Breast Diseases
Skin Diseases
Lymphatic Diseases