Computed Tomography in Detecting Movement of the Esophagus in Patients Undergoing Radiation Therapy to the Chest
RATIONALE: Comparing results of diagnostic procedures, such as computed tomography scan (CT scan), done before and after radiation therapy to help detect movement of the esophagus may help doctors plan the best treatment.
PURPOSE: This clinical trial is using CT scan to help detect movement of the esophagus in patients undergoing radiation therapy to the chest.
Unspecified Adult Solid Tumor, Protocol Specific
Procedure: computed tomography
|Study Design:||Primary Purpose: Diagnostic|
|Official Title:||Evaluation of Esophageal Motion by Computed Tomography (CT) During the Course of Thoracic Radiotherapy|
- Inter- and intra-fraction movement of the esophagus as measured by CT scans [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
|Study Start Date:||April 2003|
|Study Completion Date:||September 2007|
- Determine the inter- and intra-fraction movement of the esophagus using CT scans in patients undergoing thoracic radiotherapy.
OUTLINE: This is a pilot study.
Patients undergo CT scans at baseline and then once weekly during their scheduled radiotherapy sessions to determine esophageal placement while in the treatment position. CT scans are performed before and after the radiotherapy session. Pretreatment and post-treatment scans are compared.
PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A total of 15-30 patients will be accrued for this study.
|United States, Pennsylvania|
|Fox Chase Cancer Center - Philadelphia|
|Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, 19111-2497|
|Study Chair:||Andre A. Konski, MD||Fox Chase Cancer Center|