QOL Assessment in Breast Cancer Patients With Radiation-Induced Telangiectasias Treated With the Pulsed Dye Laser
The purpose of this study is to see how the look of telangiectasias (small dilated blood vessels) on radiated breast skin when altered by the pulsed dye laser affects a patient's overall well being.
Patients will have a set of treatments with a pulsed dye laser. This is a laser that targets red blood vessels and delivers heat causing the telangiectasias to become smaller and less visible. The laser has been used safely to treat telangiectasias on the skin of patients who received radiation for breast cancer.
Patients in the study will be asked to complete a questionnaire asking how they feel about the telangiectasias, their radiated skin and its effect on their daily lives. The questionnaire will be given at every visit. The improvement in the look of patients' radiated skin will also be compared to answers to the questionnaire. We hope the study will improve our understanding of how patients feel about the long term effects of radiation on their skin.
|Study Design:||Observational Model: Cohort
Time Perspective: Prospective
|Official Title:||Quality of Life Assessment in Breast Cancer Patients With Radiation-Induced Telangiectasias Treated With the Pulsed Dye Laser|
- evaluate quality-of-life (QoL) [ Time Frame: 2 years ]in breast cancer survivors with chronic radiation-induced telangiectasias who are undergoing pulsed dye laser treatment. To assess quality of life in relation to the radiation-induced telangiectasias, two pre-existing validated scales will be utilized. The Skindex-16 and BREAST-Q are scales that have been validated to assess quality of life.
|Study Start Date:||February 2013|
|Estimated Study Completion Date:||February 2018|
|Estimated Primary Completion Date:||February 2018 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
Breast cancer survivors with radiation-induced Telangiectasias
A quality of life assessment will also be completed by the patient using the Skindex-16 and a subscale of the BREAST-Q Breast Conserving Module questionnaire.
This study will be offered to patients who, at the time of consultation are identified as having had adjuvant breast radiation treatment following surgical treatment for breast cancer and developed radiation-induced telangiectasias. The Skindex-16 and BREAST-Q questionnaires will be used to evaluate the quality of life of The study participants. For each instrument, for each evaluation time point, QOL scores will be summed and transformed into a scale from 0-100. Descriptive statistics will be used to describe the QOL of the study participants.
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT01803516
|United States, New York|
|Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center|
|New York, New York, United States, 10065|
|Principal Investigator:||Erica Lee, MD||Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center|