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Intensive Education in Increasing Understanding of Lymphedema in Patients With Breast Cancer Undergoing Surgery

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT02073045
Recruitment Status : Terminated (research cancelled)
First Posted : February 27, 2014
Last Update Posted : October 23, 2015
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Study Description
Brief Summary:
This pilot clinical trial studies intensive education in increasing understanding of lymphedema in patients with breast cancer undergoing surgery. Lymphedema is the build-up of fluids in the arm (or other extremity) after surgery. Providing written educational handouts and verbal education on the risk factors and symptoms of lymphedema may improve patients' ability to identify symptoms of lymphedema after surgery.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment
Breast Cancer Lymphedema Other: educational intervention Other: lymphedema survey

Detailed Description:

PRIMARY OBJECTIVES:

I. To assess the patient's increased knowledge of lymphedema signs/symptoms after education.

SECONDARY OBJECTIVES:

I. The participant may detect lymphedema signs/symptoms at an early stage by having a pre-surgery comparison of bilateral upper extremities (BUE) circumferential measures to the 3 month post-surgery measures.

OUTLINE:

Participants complete a five question survey, designed by the Occupational Therapy staff, as an instrument to assess a patient's knowledge of lymphedema signs/symptoms before surgery. An Occupational Therapist (OT), Physical Therapist (PT), and/or Certified Lymphedema Therapist (CLT) provide written handouts to participants on the pathophysiology, signs, symptoms, and treatment of lymphedema. Participants repeat the survey at 3 months post-surgery. BUE circumferential measurements are also collected before surgery and at 3 months post-surgery.


Study Design

Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 17 participants
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Supportive Care
Official Title: Effect of Intensive Education on Breast Cancer Patient's Understanding of Lymphedema
Study Start Date : August 2013
Primary Completion Date : September 2015
Study Completion Date : September 2015

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Arms and Interventions

Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: Supportive care (lymphedema education)
In an educational intervention, participants complete a five question lymphedema survey, designed by the Occupational Therapy staff, as an instrument to assess a patient's knowledge of lymphedema signs/symptoms before surgery. An OT, PT, and/or CLT provide written handouts to participants on the pathophysiology, signs, symptoms, and treatment of lymphedema. Participants repeat the survey at 3 months post-surgery. BUE circumferential measurements are also collected before surgery and at 3 months post-surgery.
Other: educational intervention
Receive educational handouts
Other Name: intervention, educational
Other: lymphedema survey
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Outcome Measures

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Improvement in participant's knowledge of lymphedema [ Time Frame: Baseline to 3 months post-surgery ]
    Quantitative data regarding number of correct answers to the survey questions pre-surgery and at the post-surgery 3 month re-test will be compared to assess if the lymphedema education improved the participant's knowledge of lymphedema.

  2. Total girth differences as assessed by BUE circumferential measurements using the National Lymphedema Network (NLN) guidelines [ Time Frame: Baseline to 3 months post-surgery ]
    If a > 2 cm difference is noted in girth from pre to post surgery measures, a referral will be forwarded to the physician by the study investigators and treatment options provided to the participant.


Eligibility Criteria

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Participants will be diagnosed with breast cancer; the participants will be scheduled for a lumpectomy or a mastectomy at UH GMC Seidman Cancer Center
  • They must understand written, verbal, and/or recorded survey questioning English

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Individuals with previous radiation treatments to the breast or axilla areas
  • Prior diagnosis of lymphedema
  • Persons that do not speak English
  • Those unwilling to participate in the follow-up call 3 months post-surgery
Contacts and Locations

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Locations
United States, Ohio
Case Comprehensive Cancer Center
Cleveland, Ohio, United States, 44106-5065
Sponsors and Collaborators
Case Comprehensive Cancer Center
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Dotti Thompson Case Comprehensive Cancer Center
More Information

Responsible Party: Case Comprehensive Cancer Center
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT02073045     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: CASE1113
NCI-2014-00348 ( Registry Identifier: CTRP (Clinical Trial Reporting Program) )
CASE 1113 ( Other Identifier: Case Comprehensive Cancer Center )
P30CA043703 ( U.S. NIH Grant/Contract )
First Posted: February 27, 2014    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: October 23, 2015
Last Verified: October 2015

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Breast Neoplasms
Lymphedema
Neoplasms by Site
Neoplasms
Breast Diseases
Skin Diseases
Lymphatic Diseases