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Swallow Exercise as Prophylaxis of Dysphagia After Radiotherapy

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00332865
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : June 2, 2006
Last Update Posted : June 19, 2013
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Kenneth Jensen, University of Aarhus

Brief Summary:
Background: Dysphagia is a common side effect after radiotherapy for haed and neck cancer patients. It may be worsened by immobility of the throat during tube feeding. Hypothesis: Exercises may prevent or reduce late dysphagia. Method: Phase I study to identify the tolerated intensity of exercises and establish the method of measuring training intensity and dysphagia measurement. Endpoint: Objective dysphagia using VF and FEESST. The HN swallowing and HN pain endpoint of EORTC H&N35 questionnaire. Weight loss, duration of tube feeding.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Head and Neck Cancer Behavioral: Swallowing Exercises Phase 1 Phase 2

Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Estimated Enrollment : 60 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Prevention
Official Title: Swallow Exercise as Prophylaxis of Dysphagia After Radiotherapy
Study Start Date : June 2006
Primary Completion Date : June 2013
Study Completion Date : June 2013

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Intervention Details:
    Behavioral: Swallowing Exercises
    Daily exercises

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Objective swallowing using videofluoroscopy and endoscopic evaluation of swallowing [ Time Frame: 2 mths ]

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Weight [ Time Frame: 2 mths ]
  2. Duration of tube feeding [ Time Frame: 2 mths ]
  3. Swallowing scale of EORTC HN 35 [ Time Frame: 2 mths ]

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

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Head and neck cancer
  • Planned curative radiotherapy
  • Planned irradiation of level II+III lymph nodes >46 Gy
  • >=18 y
  • Speaks and reads Danish
  • No previous Surgery to the head and neck area except biopsies

Exclusion Criteria:

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Aarhus University Hospital
Aarhus, Denmark, 8000
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Aarhus
Principal Investigator: Kenneth Jensen, MD Aarhus University Hospital

Responsible Party: Kenneth Jensen, MD ph.d., University of Aarhus
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00332865     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 20060059
First Posted: June 2, 2006    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: June 19, 2013
Last Verified: June 2013

Keywords provided by Kenneth Jensen, University of Aarhus:
Head and neck cancer
Randomized controlled trial
Quality of life
Tube feeding

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Head and Neck Neoplasms
Deglutition Disorders
Neoplasms by Site
Esophageal Diseases
Gastrointestinal Diseases
Digestive System Diseases
Pharyngeal Diseases
Otorhinolaryngologic Diseases