This study is for patients that have been diagnosed with stage III-IVB Head and Neck cancer. The investigational drug in this study is MEDI4736 (Durvalumab). The purpose of the safety lead-in portion of the study is to determine whether adding the study drug MEDI4736 to radiation is safe in patients with head and neck cancer who cannot take the drug cisplatin. The purpose of the phase II/III portion is to compare any good and bad effects of usual radiation plus the study treatment, MEDI4736 (durvalumab), to the usual therapy of radiation plus cetuximab in patients with head and neck cancer who cannot take the drug cisplatin. Participants in the safety lead-in portion can expect to be in this study for approximately 2.5 years. Participants in the Phase II/III portion can expect to be in the study for up to 32 weeks, and then followed by their study doctor to monitor for side effects every year.
This study is for patients who have been diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck (SCCHN). The investigational drug in this study is Pembrolizumab. The main purpose of this study is to attempt to reduce the risk of cancer recurrence using a drug called pembrolizumab. Participants can expect to be in this study for approximately 5 years.
Body image disturbance (BID) is a self-perceived negative change in appearance and or function. Head and neck cancer is associated with BID since head and neck cancer (HNC) involves cosmetically and functionally important areas. BID in HNC patients is common and causes anxiety, depression, social isolation and decreased quality of life. Unfortunately, there is little information with regards to BID in HNC patients. Current research is limited by the lack of a HNC specific BID scale and instead relies on BID scales created for other cancer subsites. Thus, a measurement scale made specifically for BID in HNC patient is needed. The objective of this project is to create and validate a BID scale specific to HNC patients.
Arising in cosmetically and functionally critical areas, head and neck cancer and its treatments commonly cause life-altering changes in appearance, swallowing, and speaking. These changes affect body function and quality of life. Body image disturbance, a displeasing change in appearance or function noted by the patient, is common in head and neck cancer patients and causes stress, anxiety, and isolation in these patients. Unfortunately, there is not a lot of data on the topic. Treatments of body image disturbance for head and neck cancer patients remain unknown preventing us from providing patients with the best cancer care. This study will evaluate the effects of a type of therapy on body image disturbance in head and neck cancer patients undergoing surgery.
Delays in starting radiation after surgery for head and neck cancer disproportionately affect minorities and those of low socioeconomic status, causing increased mortality. The barriers that prevent the delivery of timely, equitable postoperative radiation remain unknown. This study seeks to identify the barriers to timely, equitable postoperative radiation following surgery for head and neck cancer.
This research will develop and test a nutrition-focused mobile-support program for head and neck cancer patients and their caregivers at the end of treatment.
Phase I: To guide system development, we will conduct interviews with 15 individuals with head and neck cancer and their caregivers to understand the nutritional challenges faced at the end of treatment. We will also recruit 35 oncology dietitians to complete online surveys to identify key caregiver nutritional support tasks and caregiver demands.
Phase II: After system development, we will recruit 33 head and neck cancer patients and their main supporters to pretest our nutrition support system. Participants will be asked to complete two surveys and a one-time clinic session. The clinic session will include information and resources about symptoms and concerns and after the visit, the program will provide follow-up resources and support online for one month. Lastly, we we will conduct individual/small group interviews with 10 head and neck health care providers to evaluate feasibility and recommendations for future system development.
The information from this study may help us to improve supportive care programs in the future to help others as they complete head and neck cancer treatment.
This is a study that looks at the use of anti-platelet therapy and chemotherapy in patients with recurrent or metastatic squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck (HNSCC). Anti-platelet therapy is the use of drugs that reduce the blood's ability to form clots. The overall goal of this study is to see if this therapy combination can increase the body's ability to fight the disease.
This is a phase 1b/2, open-label, multicenter trial designed to look at the safety and efficacy of a study drug called SD 101 when injected into a tumor and used in combination with intravenous (IV) pembrolizumab in subjects with metastatic melanoma or recurrent or metastatic head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC). The Medical University of South Carolina will only participate in phase 2 of this study and will include up to 10 subjects. Participation in this study will include up to 40 visits to the research center over approximately 110 weeks.
This is for adults diagnosed with locally advanced oral cavity cancer.The purpose of this study is to look at the effectiveness of nivolumab in patients with oral cavity cancer that is amendable to surgery. Patients will have screening tests to determine eligibility. If eligible, subjects will have three to four doses of nivolumab prior to undergoing surgery. After surgery, subjects will enter a follow up period.
This study is for participants who have been diagnosed with head and neck cancer that requires surgery as well as post-operative radiation and possibly cisplatin. The investigational drug in this study is Pembrolizumab. Pembrolizumab is a medication that is currently being tested in multiple cancers. It works by turning on your immune system to recognize and fight your cancer. The purpose of this study is to test the safety and the benefit of adding pembrolizumab to treatment that participants will already be getting for their cancer. Participants can be expected to be in this study for up to 3 years.