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Chemoradiotherapy is the standard treatment for unresectable locally advanced head and neck cancer (HNC). However, malnutrition is present in 44-88% HNC patients during chemoradiotherapy, which leads to loss of skeletal muscle mass (SMM) and poor clinical outcomes. Timely assessment of SMM and early intervention of malnutrition are particularly important for HNC patients undergoing radiotherapy. However, body composition and skeletal muscle loss are not accurately reflected by the current assessment tools of malnutrition, which only measure body mass index and body weight loss. Cone-beam CT (CBCT), a variation of traditional CT, is widely performed to ensure the appropriate position of the patients during radiotherapy. The previous study showed that measuring skeletal muscle areas and its changes using CBCT during radiotherapy is feasible. The hypothesis of this study is loss of SMM is associated with severe adverse effects in HNC patients during radiotherapy compared with body weight loss.


Clinical Trial Description

This is a prospective observational phase II study. Patients with locally advanced HNC scheduled to receive radical radiotherapy are prospectively enrolled in this study. CBCT and body weight are obtained before radiotherapy and once a week during radiotherapy. Severe adverse effects including grade 3-4 mucositis, dermatitis, haematological toxicity, interruption of radiotherapy, delayed chemotherapy, and unplanned admission are recorded during radiotherapy. ;


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NCT number NCT05126095
Study type Observational
Source Guangdong Provincial People's Hospital
Contact Yi Pan, Prof.
Phone +862083827812
Email [email protected]
Status Recruiting
Phase
Start date November 3, 2021
Completion date March 30, 2023

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