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Study of Quality of Life for Prostate Proton Therapy

This study is ongoing, but not recruiting participants.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
M.D. Anderson Cancer Center Identifier:
First received: June 19, 2007
Last updated: September 30, 2016
Last verified: September 2016
The goal of this research study is to collect information on the side effects of proton radiation therapy given for the treatment of prostate cancer as well as the effect of proton therapy on quality of life. Information on your treatment and how you react to the treatment will be collected. Researchers will use this information to try to understand how people tolerate proton radiation therapy for prostate cancer.

Condition Intervention
Prostate Cancer
Behavioral: Questionnaire

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Cohort
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: Prospective Evaluation of Quality of Life After Proton Therapy for Prostate Cancer

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Further study details as provided by M.D. Anderson Cancer Center:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • To collect information on the side effects of proton radiation therapy given for the treatment of prostate cancer as well as the effect of proton therapy on quality of life. [ Time Frame: 4 Years ]

Estimated Enrollment: 1084
Study Start Date: May 2006
Estimated Primary Completion Date: May 2018 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Groups/Cohorts Assigned Interventions
Patients who are planned to undergo local proton radiotherapy for biopsy-proven, untreated, prostate adenocarcinoma.
Behavioral: Questionnaire
Questionnaires administered within 3 weeks before the beginning of the radiation treatment course, twice during radiation therapy, and upon completion of radiation therapy.
Other Name: Survey

Detailed Description:

Prostate cancer tends to be better controlled with higher doses of radiation. These high doses may lead to more side effects. Standard radiation therapy uses x-rays, which are effective but may cause extra radiation dose to be given to tissues beyond the tumor, such as the rectum and bladder. Unlike x-rays, protons (small positively-charged particles) can deliver radiation dose to a specific target but then suddenly deliver much less dose beyond the target. This minimizes the dose to normal tissues and may lead to fewer side effects, even when high doses are delivered to the tumor.

If you agree to take part in this study, it will involve completing quality of life questionnaires before, during, and after proton therapy. You will be asked how you tolerated the proton therapy, what (if any) side effects you experienced, and how the treatment impacts the quality of your life. The questionnaires should each take about 15 minutes to complete. They may be done in person, by mail, or by phone.

You will complete the questionnaires before the proton therapy begins and during the last week of therapy. You will also repeat the questionnaires at 3, 6, 9, and 12 months after the proton therapy, every 6 months for the next 3 years, and every year for the next 6 years after that. If you are receiving hormone therapy, you will also be asked to fill out a questionnaire before or at the beginning of hormone therapy. During your radiation course, you will have a brief weekly clinic visit and assessed for any side effects during that visit as part of normal standard practice. Your information will be compiled with the information from other people who were treated similarly, to better understand the effects of prostate proton radiation therapy.

Throughout the course of your radiation therapy, you will have brief clinic visits once a week as part of your standard care. You will be checked for any side effects.

Your participation in the study will be over after you mail back the last questionnaire.

This is an investigational study. Up to 1084 patients will take part in this study. All will be enrolled at M. D. Anderson.


Ages Eligible for Study:   Child, Adult, Senior
Sexes Eligible for Study:   Male
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Sampling Method:   Probability Sample
Study Population
Study participants who are planned to undergo local proton radiotherapy for biopsy-proven, untreated, prostate adenocarcinoma.

Inclusion Criteria:

  1. Patients who are planned to undergo local proton radiotherapy for biopsy-proven, untreated, prostate adenocarcinoma with Gleason scoring.
  2. 1992 AJCC clinical stage T1-T3c on digital rectal exam.
  3. PSA within 4 weeks of study entry.
  4. Zubrod performance status of 0-1 with a life expectancy of at least 10 years.
  5. Prior hormonal therapy allowed if began no more than three months prior to registration.
  6. Patient must be able to adhere to follow-up schedule either personally or via mail or phone.
  7. Patient must be able to speak, read and understand English.
  8. Patient must give informed consent.

Exclusion Criteria:

  1. Histology other than adenocarcinoma.
  2. Evidence of distant or nodal metastasis.
  3. Prior pelvic radiotherapy or chemotherapy.
  4. Prior or planned radical prostate surgery.
  5. Prior local therapy for prostate cancer.
  6. Previous and/or concurrent malignancy unless disease free for >5 years. Basal cell and non-invasive squamous cell carcinoma of the skin will not exclude patient from eligibility.
  7. History of inflammatory bowel disease (e.g. Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis).
  8. Patients with metallic devices in the hip/pelvis (e.g. hip prostheses) that may interfere with proton dosimetry will not be eligible.
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00489814

United States, Texas
University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Houston, Texas, United States, 77030
Sponsors and Collaborators
M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
Principal Investigator: Seungtaek Choi, MD M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
  More Information

Additional Information:
Responsible Party: M.D. Anderson Cancer Center Identifier: NCT00489814     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 2005-0956
Study First Received: June 19, 2007
Last Updated: September 30, 2016

Keywords provided by M.D. Anderson Cancer Center:
Prostate Cancer
Prostate Proton Therapy
Proton Radiation Therapy
Proton Radiotherapy
Quality of Life

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Prostatic Neoplasms
Genital Neoplasms, Male
Urogenital Neoplasms
Neoplasms by Site
Genital Diseases, Male
Prostatic Diseases processed this record on May 25, 2017