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Sexual Behavior in Head and Neck Cancer Patients

This study is ongoing, but not recruiting participants.
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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT00662662
First Posted: April 21, 2008
Last Update Posted: February 23, 2017
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Information provided by (Responsible Party):
M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
  Purpose
The goal of this behavioral research study is to learn if certain sexual behaviors increase the risk for developing head and neck cancers associated with a virus called human papillomavirus (HPV-16). Knowing this information could help doctors better teach patients about avoiding certain risk factors, which may help to prevent the disease.

Condition Intervention
Oropharyngeal Cancer Head and Neck Cancer Squamous Cell Carcinoma Behavioral: Questionnaire

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Cohort
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: Sexual Behavior in Head and Neck Cancer Patients

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Further study details as provided by M.D. Anderson Cancer Center:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • To find out if certain sexual behaviors increase the risk for developing head and neck cancers associated with a virus called human papillomavirus (HPV-16). [ Time Frame: 6 Years ]

Estimated Enrollment: 1500
Actual Study Start Date: April 2008
Estimated Study Completion Date: April 2018
Estimated Primary Completion Date: April 2018 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Groups/Cohorts Assigned Interventions
Oropharyngeal Cancer Behavioral: Questionnaire
The questionnaire contains 18 questions and is estimated to take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete.
Non-Oropharyngeal Cancer Behavioral: Questionnaire
The questionnaire contains 18 questions and is estimated to take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete.

Detailed Description:

SCCHN is believed to be caused by different types of viruses being exposed to the mucous membrane on the inside of the mouth, throat, and voice box, over a long period of time. This exposure results in changes in the cells of the mouth, throat, and voice box, which can lead to the development of cancer.

HPV-16 has been linked to SCCHN. Half of all cancers of the oropharynx (the middle part of the throat, the base of the tongue, and tonsils) may be caused by HPV-16. HPV-16 is normally spread sexually, and is one of the main causes of cervical cancer in women. By finding out if the virus is also spread sexually to the throat, doctors may be able to teach patients about risk factors for developing cancer in this area.

Study Procedures:

If you agree to take part in this study, you will be asked to complete a questionnaire about your sexual history, such as specific sexual practices, number of partners, exposure to HPV and other viruses, and any medical history related to HPV-16. The questionnaire will take 10-15 minutes to complete.

None of your personal identifying information will be attached to your questionnaire, and the questionnaire will be assigned a one-of-a-kind study code number.

To check your cancer diagnosis, your medical records will be reviewed.

Length of Study:

Once you have completed the questionnaire, your participation in this study is over.

This is an investigational study.

Up to 1,500 patients will be enrolled in this study. All will be enrolled at MD Anderson.

  Eligibility

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Sampling Method:   Probability Sample
Study Population
Approximately 600 oropharynx study participants and 900 non-oropharynx study participants.
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  1. Patients with newly diagnosed, previously untreated squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck (SCCHN) who are candidates for the molecular epidemiology study LAB00-062 of head and neck cancer.
  2. Must have the ability to understand and provide informed consent.
  3. Patients must be 18 years and older.
  4. Ability to read, write, and speak English.
  5. Resident of the United States.
  6. Agrees to have tumor tissue, if available, tested for HPV. No additional biopsy will be requested.

Exclusion Criteria:

  1. Previous cancer diagnosis excluding non-melanoma skin cancer.
  2. Blood transfusion within the previous 6 months.
  3. Immune suppression, such as HIV disease or immune-suppressing therapy (i.e., steroids).
  Contacts and Locations
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT00662662


Locations
United States, Texas
University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Houston, Texas, United States, 77030
Sponsors and Collaborators
M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Erich Sturgis, MD M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
  More Information

Additional Information:
Responsible Party: M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00662662     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 2007-0485
First Submitted: April 17, 2008
First Posted: April 21, 2008
Last Update Posted: February 23, 2017
Last Verified: February 2017

Keywords provided by M.D. Anderson Cancer Center:
Oropharyngeal Cancer
Non-Oropharyngeal Cancer
Head and Neck Cancer
Squamous Cell Carcinoma
Squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck
SCCHN
HPV-16
Questionnaire
Sexual Behavior
Survey

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Carcinoma
Carcinoma, Squamous Cell
Head and Neck Neoplasms
Oropharyngeal Neoplasms
Neoplasms, Glandular and Epithelial
Neoplasms by Histologic Type
Neoplasms
Neoplasms, Squamous Cell
Neoplasms by Site
Pharyngeal Neoplasms
Otorhinolaryngologic Neoplasms
Pharyngeal Diseases
Stomatognathic Diseases
Otorhinolaryngologic Diseases