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Pilot Functional Imaging Study to Evaluate Mechanisms Underlying Chronic Pain in Breast Cancer Patients

This study is currently recruiting participants. (see Contacts and Locations)
Verified December 2014 by University of Michigan Cancer Center
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Lynn Henry, University of Michigan Cancer Center Identifier:
First received: July 9, 2012
Last updated: December 21, 2014
Last verified: December 2014

The purpose of this study is to better understand why some women with breast cancer develop chronic pain.

Breast Cancer

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Cohort
Time Perspective: Cross-Sectional
Official Title: Pilot Functional Imaging Study to Evaluate Mechanisms Underlying Chronic Pain in Breast Cancer Patients

Resource links provided by NLM:

Further study details as provided by University of Michigan Cancer Center:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Determination of differences in pain sensitivity and functional MRI in different groups of patients. [ Time Frame: 6 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    The primary objective of this pilot trial is to determine if there may be differences in mechanical pain sensitivity and functional MRI brain activation patterns in breast cancer survivors with chronic pain as compared to breast cancer patients without chronic pain, to patients with fibromyalgia, or to healthy controls.

Estimated Enrollment: 40
Study Start Date: May 2012
Estimated Study Completion Date: January 2017
Estimated Primary Completion Date: June 2015 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Detailed Description:

Women with breast cancer who either have chronic pain or who do not have chronic pain will be asked to enroll. Those who participate will have pictures taken of their brain using MRI when they are lying still and also when pressure is being applied to their thumbnails. These pictures will be compared to patients without breast cancer who do not have pain and to those who have other types of pain, such as fibromyalgia. By taking and analyzing these pictures the investigators hope to understand more about why breast cancer survivors develop pain after their diagnosis and treatment. In the future the investigators hope to better treat the pain or possibly even prevent the pain from occurring in the first place.


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Sampling Method:   Probability Sample
Study Population

Breast Cancer Survivors with and without Chronic Pain


Inclusion Criteria:

  • Breast Cancer Survivor with and without chronic pain
  • Able to undergo MRI
  Contacts and Locations
Choosing to participate in a study is an important personal decision. Talk with your doctor and family members or friends about deciding to join a study. To learn more about this study, you or your doctor may contact the study research staff using the Contacts provided below. For general information, see Learn About Clinical Studies.

Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01639417

Contact: Cancer AnswerLine 1-800-865-1125

United States, Michigan
University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center Recruiting
Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States, 48109
Contact: Norah L Henry, MD    734-936-4991   
Contact: Cancer AnswerLine    1-800-865-1125   
Sponsors and Collaborators
Lynn Henry
Principal Investigator: Lynn Henry, MD University of Michigan Cancer Center
  More Information

No publications provided

Responsible Party: Lynn Henry, Principal Investigator, University of Michigan Cancer Center Identifier: NCT01639417     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: UMCC 2011.115, HUM 55687
Study First Received: July 9, 2012
Last Updated: December 21, 2014
Health Authority: United States: Institutional Review Board processed this record on March 03, 2015