Computed Tomography in Detecting Movement of the Esophagus in Patients Undergoing Radiation Therapy to the Chest

This study has been completed.
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
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Fox Chase Cancer Center Identifier:
First received: February 8, 2007
Last updated: February 11, 2010
Last verified: February 2010

RATIONALE: Comparing results of diagnostic procedures, such as computed tomography scan (CT scan), done before and after radiation therapy to help detect movement of the esophagus may help doctors plan the best treatment.

PURPOSE: This clinical trial is using CT scan to help detect movement of the esophagus in patients undergoing radiation therapy to the chest.

Condition Intervention
Unspecified Adult Solid Tumor, Protocol Specific
Procedure: computed tomography

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Primary Purpose: Diagnostic
Official Title: Evaluation of Esophageal Motion by Computed Tomography (CT) During the Course of Thoracic Radiotherapy

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Further study details as provided by Fox Chase Cancer Center:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Inter- and intra-fraction movement of the esophagus as measured by CT scans [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Estimated Enrollment: 30
Study Start Date: April 2003
Study Completion Date: September 2007
Detailed Description:


  • Determine the inter- and intra-fraction movement of the esophagus using CT scans in patients undergoing thoracic radiotherapy.

OUTLINE: This is a pilot study.

Patients undergo CT scans at baseline and then once weekly during their scheduled radiotherapy sessions to determine esophageal placement while in the treatment position. CT scans are performed before and after the radiotherapy session. Pretreatment and post-treatment scans are compared.

PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A total of 15-30 patients will be accrued for this study.


Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No


  • Planning to undergo definitive thoracic radiotherapy



  • Not specified

Performance status

  • Not specified

Life expectancy

  • Not specified


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Biologic therapy

  • Not specified


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Endocrine therapy

  • Not specified


  • See Disease Characteristics
  • No concurrent palliative thoracic radiotherapy


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  • Concurrent participation in other clinical trials allowed
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00433524

United States, Pennsylvania
Fox Chase Cancer Center - Philadelphia
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, 19111-2497
Sponsors and Collaborators
Fox Chase Cancer Center
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Study Chair: Andre A. Konski, MD Fox Chase Cancer Center
  More Information

Additional Information:
No publications provided Identifier: NCT00433524     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: CDR0000304723, P30CA006927, FCCC-03604
Study First Received: February 8, 2007
Last Updated: February 11, 2010
Health Authority: United States: Federal Government

Keywords provided by Fox Chase Cancer Center:
unspecified adult solid tumor, protocol specific processed this record on November 30, 2015