Carotid Artery Stenosis (Narrowing) in Head & Neck Cancer Patients
Prospective Longitudinal Study of Radiation Induced Carotid Artery Stenosis in Head amp; Neck Cancer Patients Receiving Unilateral Neck Radiation
This study enrolls people who have been diagnosed with head and neck cancer and are being treated with neck radiation therapy. The purpose of this study is to find out the number of people who develop narrowing of their carotid arteries (Carotid Artery Stenosis) due to neck radiation and understand how tobacco use and diabetes effect the worsening of carotid artery stenosis.
This study will be a total of 4 visits which include a blood sample and an ultrasound of your carotid arteries. An ultrasound is a noninvasive, nonpainful, and no-radiation way to get an image of the bloodflow in your arteries. The first visit will be approximately 45 minutes and the 3 follow up visits at 6 months, 1 year, and 2 years will be approximately 25-35 minutes. This study will take place in clinic rooms at Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo, NY.
This study will closely monitor Head and Neck Cancer patients and their treatment to quantify the incidence and rate of progression of carotid artery stenosis (CAS) induced by external beam radiation (XRT) in those receiving neck XRT.
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Adults age 18+
Diagnosis of neck cancer and undergoing one-sided neck radiation
Must have no history of stroke
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