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Longitudinal Evaluation Study of Vaginal Stenosis With and Without Pelvic Radiation Therapy

This study is currently recruiting participants. (see Contacts and Locations)
Verified January 2017 by University of Colorado, Denver
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
University of Colorado, Denver Identifier:
First received: July 26, 2011
Last updated: January 3, 2017
Last verified: January 2017
This study evaluates the effects of treatment with a vaginal dilator to reduce vaginal stenosis in women receiving pelvic radiation therapy for pelvic malignancies.

Stenosis of Vagina

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Case-Only
Time Perspective: Cross-Sectional
Official Title: Prospective Longitudinal Evaluation of Vaginal Stenosis and Sexual Function in Women With Pelvic Malignancies Treated With and Without Pelvic Radiation Therapy

Further study details as provided by University of Colorado, Denver:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Observation of a change in vaginal length as measured with a vaginal sound (modified vaginal dilator) [ Time Frame: Up to 24 Months ]
    Observation of change in vaginal length will be measured at baseline (which for the patients in the radiation group will be prior to any pelvic radiation therapy and for patients in the surgery group this will be at the first post-operative visit), as well as in follow-up visits at 3, 6, 12, and 24 months for a total of 5 measurements.

  • Observation of change in sexual function/satisfaction as measured by the Sexual Adjustment Questionnaire (SAQ) [ Time Frame: Up to 24 Months ]
    The baseline SAQ will be administered prior to radiation therapy for the pelvic malignancy group and it will be administered at the post-operative visit for the surgery only group, and the post-treatment SAQ version will be given at the follow-up visits at 3, 6, 12, and 24 months for a total of 5 measurements.

Estimated Enrollment: 150
Study Start Date: August 2011
Estimated Study Completion Date: December 2017
Estimated Primary Completion Date: March 2017 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Pelvic Malignancies
Women with Vaginal Stenosis

Detailed Description:
Vaginal stenosis can occur as a result of treatment for pelvic malignancies. Women receiving pelvic radiation therapy using a vaginal dilator 5-7 times per week will have less vaginal stenosis than women using a vaginal dilator fewer times or not at all.

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
Women being treated for pelvic malignancies in the primary care clinic.

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Pre and post menopausal women undergoing definitive (not palliative) treatments for a pelvic malignancy, including rectal, endometrial, cervical, or anal canal carcinoma.
  • Treatments include radiation therapy, chemotherapy, surgery, or a combination of therapies.
  • May have early-stage or locally advanced (node positive) disease.
  • Male partners of the female subjects are also consented for this study.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Subject may not have evidence of metastatic disease.
  • Prior pelvic radiation therapy
  • Prior hysterectomy (not for current diagnosis)
  • Diagnosis of prior malignancy, except non-melanoma skin cancer.
  Contacts and Locations
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01404728

Contact: Christine Fisher, MD 720-848-0696

United States, Colorado
University of Colorado Hospital Recruiting
Aurora, Colorado, United States, 80045
Contact: Monica Robischon, RN    720-848-0661   
Sub-Investigator: Emma C. Fields, MD         
Principal Investigator: Christine Fisher, MD         
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Colorado, Denver
Principal Investigator: Christine Fisher, MD University of Colorado, Denver
  More Information

Responsible Party: University of Colorado, Denver Identifier: NCT01404728     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers:
Study First Received: July 26, 2011
Last Updated: January 3, 2017
Individual Participant Data  
Plan to Share IPD: No

Keywords provided by University of Colorado, Denver:
Vaginal length
Sexual dysfunction

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Constriction, Pathologic
Pathological Conditions, Anatomical processed this record on April 28, 2017