Personal reflection activities for Head Neoplasms

Phase-Based Estimates
1
Effectiveness
1
Safety
Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN
Head Neoplasms+1 More
Personal reflection activities - Behavioral
Eligibility
18+
All Sexes
Eligible conditions
Head Neoplasms

Study Summary

This study is evaluating whether a psychoeducational program may help improve body image for individuals who have had head and neck cancer.

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Eligible Conditions

  • Head Neoplasms
  • Head and Neck Neoplasms
  • Head and Neck Cancer

Treatment Effectiveness

Effectiveness Estimate

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Study Objectives

This trial is evaluating whether Personal reflection activities will improve 2 primary outcomes and 1 secondary outcome in patients with Head Neoplasms. Measurement will happen over the course of Approximately 6 weeks.

Approximately 6 weeks
Percentage of participants who complete program
Percentage of participants who will rate program as acceptable
Percentage of participants with improvement in body image indicators

Trial Safety

Safety Estimate

1 of 3

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Trial Design

2 Treatment Groups

Control
Body Image after Head and Neck Cancer Treatment

This trial requires 20 total participants across 2 different treatment groups

This trial involves 2 different treatments. Personal Reflection Activities is the primary treatment being studied. Participants will all receive the same treatment. There is no placebo group. The treatments being tested are not being studied for commercial purposes.

Body Image after Head and Neck Cancer Treatment
ControlNo treatment in the control group

Trial Logistics

Trial Timeline

Approximate Timeline
Screening: ~3 weeks
Treatment: Varies
Reporting: approximately 6 weeks
This trial has the following approximate timeline: 3 weeks for initial screening, variable treatment timelines, and roughly approximately 6 weeks for reporting.

Closest Location

Vanderbilt University Medical Center - Nashville, TN

Eligibility Criteria

This trial is for patients born any sex aged 18 and older. There are 3 eligibility criteria to participate in this trial as listed below.

Mark “yes” if the following statements are true for you:
You have completed treatment for head and neck cancer between 3 and 24 months previously at study enrollment. show original
You are dissatisfied with your appearance or function. show original
Have clinically significant body image concerns as defined by (BIS score > 10)

Patient Q&A Section

Please Note: These questions and answers are submitted by anonymous patients, and have not been verified by our internal team.

What causes head neoplasms?

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The incidence of malignant neoplasms of head origin appears to be associated with occupational exposure to hazardous substances and with the environmental conditions which prevail in industrial areas. This association is also evident with occupational exposure in the metallurgy or in various industries of organic chemistry or petrochemical installations.

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What is head neoplasms?

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Head neoplasms include a vast number of tumours with different sites. The brain and spinal cord are most common sites, but they may manifest in a variety of cranial (e.g. nasal cavity, skull) and spinal (e.g. lumbar, thoracic) locations and may present with symptoms or signs suggestive of intracranial illness. All locations should be considered in this age group; however, tumours of the scalp and nasopharynx should be considered in older patients. Radiological investigations, particularly those of the brain and skull (CT, MRI) and neck (CT, MRI, and PET), should be part of the investigation of any intracranial tumour or lesion.

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How many people get head neoplasms a year in the United States?

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About 300,000 Americans develop a malignant brain or nervous system tumor each a year. Among Americans aged 45 years and older, females are twice as likely as males to develop a malignant neoplasm of the brain or nervous system. Non-Hispanic whites and American Indians/Alaska Natives are at highest risk of these malignancies.

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What are common treatments for head neoplasms?

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This section describes a wide range of current treatment regimens applied to glioma patients. Further research needs to be done to improve this list of treatments.

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Can head neoplasms be cured?

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Despite this success rate, it should be realised that only 10.8% of those with a secondary brain tumour were cured, despite use of cranial irradiation therapy. To our knowledge, this report is the largest series of patients treated in the UK to document the effectiveness of cranial radiotherapy. Findings from a recent study illustrates the need to tailor cranial radiotherapy treatment in addition to other treatment options to the specific needs of the clinical situation.

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What are the signs of head neoplasms?

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Symptoms of head neoplasms include a number of well described signs, such as the presence of a headache, visual disturbances, and facial numbness or paresthesia. The presence of these symptoms is not specific for the diagnosis of intracranial tumors. We advocate using a broader definition of the symptoms to make the diagnosis. However, because most children with suspected intracranial tumors would require imaging studies, a careful assessment of these signs is important.

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What is the average age someone gets head neoplasms?

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Results from a recent clinical trial was conducted to identify trends in the distribution of head neoplasms by patient age and gender. Results from a recent clinical trial was limited in scope due to the small sample size of 2,099 head neoplasms, which restricts this research to statistical trends of head neoplasms among different age groups and genders. Further research should be conducted by examining the patient factors associated with the development of head neoplasms.

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How quickly does head neoplasms spread?

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Patients and their families are very aware of how quickly a neoplasm can spread or recur. However, many patients with a new diagnosis of [brain cancer](https://www.withpower.com/clinical-trials/brain-cancer) believe that their neoplasm has behaved more aggressively, and this may result in a delay in seeking treatment or even refusal to initiate treatment. The duration of disease appears to be another important factor, especially when related to the extent and location of the cancer. Physicians need to take all these factors into consideration when discussing possible prognoses in patients with a new diagnosis of brain cancer. Many patients would choose medical treatment even if the neoplasm was not fatal; however, only a few of them would pursue treatment if their neoplasm recurred.

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What are the chances of developing head neoplasms?

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The data obtained indicate that the risk of developing head neoplasia is directly proportional to the individual's age; however, there is a low incidence of development. This result could be explained due to the presence of preventive measures, or to the low prevalence rate of head neoplasms. Thus, the current recommendations are to perform screening of head tumors in symptomatic individuals, as well as to perform periodic examinations in healthy individuals who regularly attend the Otorhinolaryngology Clinic.

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What are the common side effects of personal reflection activities?

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The use of personal reflection activities can improve self-esteem and self-concept in patients with cancer and is also safe and well tolerated. The potential for the activities to impact on health is limited in this study but requires further study.

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Has personal reflection activities proven to be more effective than a placebo?

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The findings reinforce the usefulness of the REP intervention to increase the self-awareness level, which encourages the patients' reflection and awareness of their own behavior.

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How does personal reflection activities work?

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Personal reflection on how to communicate a physical medical problem has moderate effects on the way family member communication about physical problems is perceived and reported. The strongest effect is on the way physical illness is communicated by the patient.

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