The purpose of this study is to evaluate whether a new patient navigation intervention can decrease delays starting radiation therapy after surgery for white and African-American head and neck cancer patients. Patients who have surgery and radiation for certain types of head and neck cancer are eligible for this study.
The study is sponsored by the Medical University of South Carolina and Hollings Cancer Center. The investigator in charge of this study is Evan Graboyes, MD.
The study is being done at one site: the Medical University of
Approximately 45 subjects will take part at MUSC.
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.
Arising in cosmetically and functionally critical areas, head and neck cancer (HNC) and its treatment cause commonly causes life-altering changes in appearance, swallowing, and speaking with resultant functional and social impairment and decreased quality of life. Concern about body image is a common problem with negative consequences in patients with HNC. Despite its importance, there is little data about body image disturbance in patients with HNC.
The objective of this study is to examine the how body image concerns in patients with head and neck cancer change over time and to identify which patients are at risk for developing concerns about body image. This study will provide preliminary data to inform future studies with the long-term goal of improving patient care by preventing and treating concerns about body image in patients with head and neck cancer.