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Low Level Laser Therapy for Radiation Induced Dermatitis in H & N Squamous Cell Carcinoma

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Know the risks and potential benefits of clinical studies and talk to your health care provider before participating. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT02384434
Recruitment Status : Recruiting
First Posted : March 10, 2015
Last Update Posted : August 27, 2020
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
David A. Clump, MD, PhD, University of Pittsburgh

Brief Summary:

This single-arm phase I/II study establishes the safety and efficacy of low level laser therapy (LLLT) in order to mitigate radiation-induced dermatitis in patients underoing radiation therapy for head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC). Additional objectives include assessment of patient-reported quality of life data, pain parameters and dermatologic quality of life responses. The target population is patients with histologically proven squamous cell carcinoma of the oral cavity, oropharynx, hypopharynx or larynx who are candidates for either definitive or adjuvant therapy consisting of a chemotherapy regimen and concurrent radiation therapy.

Patients are required to have a favorable performance status (KPS greater than or equal to 70), have had no prior head and neck radiotherapy and be at least 18 years of age and able to provide consent. While receiving radiotherapy and a concurrent systemic regimen, patients will receive LLLT using a 69 diode probe with dual 660 nm and 850 nm wavelengths to at least nine treatment sites in the head and neck region for a duration of 60 seconds to each site. LLLT will be given three times in a week prior to, daily during the first week of, and at least twice weekly thereafter during radiotherapy.

Information collected includes toxicity scoring and quality of life surveys. A retrospective matched-pair design will be used to assess the rate of grade III complications compared to patients treated previously without LLLT support, with an anticipated 20% reduction in the risk of grade III dermatitis.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Radiation Dermatitis Device: Low Level Laser Therapy Phase 1 Phase 2

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Estimated Enrollment : 37 participants
Allocation: N/A
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Supportive Care
Official Title: Utilization of Low Level Laser Therapy for Radiation Induced Dermatitis in Patients With Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma
Study Start Date : April 2015
Estimated Primary Completion Date : December 2021
Estimated Study Completion Date : December 2021

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Arm Intervention/treatment
Single Arm
Low Level Laser Therapy
Device: Low Level Laser Therapy
Red Light Therapy

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Measure the safety and tolerability by documentation of Adverse Events [ Time Frame: 2 years ]

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

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Male or female patients ≥ 18 years of age
  • Karnofsky performance status > 70
  • Histologic proof of squamous cell carcinoma of the oral cavity, oropharynx, hypopharynx, or larynx
  • No prior radiotherapy to the head and neck region.
  • No previous systemic chemotherapy or targeted therapy
  • Must be aware of the neoplastic nature of his/her disease and willingly provide written, informed consent after being informed of the procedure to be followed, the nature of the therapy, alternatives, potential benefits, side-effects, risks and discomforts.
  • Patients using standard therapies for cetuximab-induced acne-form rash will be included.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Evidence of distant metastasis on upright chest x-ray (CXR), computed tomography (CT) or other staging studies
  • Any co-morbidity or condition of sufficient severity to limit full compliance with the protocol per assessment by the investigator
  • Concurrent serious infection
  • Continued use of Niacin

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT02384434

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Contact: Karen Holeva 412-623-1275
Contact: David Clump 412-623-6720

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United States, Pennsylvania
UPMC Shadyside Radiation Oncology Recruiting
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States, 15232
Contact: Karen D Holeva, BS    412-623-1275   
Contact: David A Clump, MD    412-623-6720   
Sub-Investigator: Dwight Heron, MD         
Sub-Investigator: Brian Karlovits, DO         
Principal Investigator: David A Clump, MD         
Sub-Investigator: Robert Ferris, MD         
Sub-Investigator: James Ohr, DO         
Sponsors and Collaborators
David A. Clump, MD, PhD
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Responsible Party: David A. Clump, MD, PhD, Radiation Oncologist, University of Pittsburgh Identifier: NCT02384434    
Other Study ID Numbers: RO 14-001
First Posted: March 10, 2015    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: August 27, 2020
Last Verified: August 2020
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Carcinoma, Squamous Cell
Neoplasms, Glandular and Epithelial
Neoplasms by Histologic Type
Neoplasms, Squamous Cell
Skin Diseases
Radiation Injuries
Wounds and Injuries