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Neuropathic Pain in Survivors of Breast Cancer

This study has been completed.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
M.D. Anderson Cancer Center Identifier:
First received: September 21, 2007
Last updated: February 27, 2014
Last verified: February 2014

The objectives of this study are to: 1) describe the prevalence of neuropathic pain (NP) in breast cancer survivors and 2) to develop preliminary statistical risk models for predicting the risk for NP incorporating disease-related variables (e.g., stage of disease, location of tumor), treatment variables (chemotherapy, dose, duration; and other cancer therapy), clinical health status (e.g., comorbid conditions), and sociodemographic characteristics (e.g., age, sex, race).

Researchers will also gather data to answer the following secondary aims:

  1. To assess the impact of NP on quality of life.
  2. To assess the current management of NP in cancer (current medication, duration of such treatment, reasons for discontinuation) and the outcomes of this management.

Condition Intervention
Breast Cancer
Behavioral: Questionnaire

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Case-Only
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: Neuropathic Pain in Survivors of Breast Cancer

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Further study details as provided by M.D. Anderson Cancer Center:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • To learn about pain among individuals who have been treated for breast cancer with paclitaxel. [ Time Frame: 3 Years ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Study of how much pain, factors related to the pain, and how the pain affects life. [ Time Frame: 3 Years ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Enrollment: 239
Study Start Date: September 2007
Primary Completion Date: November 2013 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Groups/Cohorts Assigned Interventions
Breast Cancer Survivors Behavioral: Questionnaire
Questionnaires taking 60 minutes total to complete.
Other Name: Survey

Detailed Description:

You have already been contacted by phone about participating in this study. You have received study documents (this consent and the study questionnaires) because you said over the phone that you would like to participate in this study.

In this study you will be asked to complete questionnaires that will ask about any pain you may be experiencing and about the quality of your life. These questionnaires will also ask for demographic information (such as age, race, and sex) and about your health. It should take about 1 hour to complete all of the questionnaires. In addition to the questionnaires, you will also be asked questions about any medications you may currently be taking for pain. All of the information you include on the questionnaires will be kept confidential. There are no right or wrong answers to the questions. A postage-paid return envelope has been provided for you to return this consent and the questionnaires.

Researchers are interested in how pain is related to certain treatments and medical conditions. As part of this study, researchers will review your medical records to see what type of cancer treatment you received and whether you had any pain related to the treatment. They will also see if you had any non-cancer health conditions that may have affected pain and quality of life.

This survey is for research purposes only. Your healthcare provider will not be informed of your responses to this survey. If you are experiencing severe pain and/or other symptoms, please contact your healthcare provider. The study staff has also included a list of community resources that you may contact for different types of services.

Your participation in this study will be over once you mail back the consent and questionnaires.

This is an investigational study. Up to 635 individuals will be asked to take part in this study. All will be enrolled at M. D. Anderson.


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population

Breast Cancer survivors.


Inclusion Criteria:

  • Breast cancer patients who were participants in clinical trials (ID98-240; ID94-002) for taxanes during 1994-2001
  • Alive and with current contact information
  • Age ≥ 18 years. (This restriction is based on inclusion criteria for the clinical trials from which subjects will be recruited. All patients will be at least 18 years or older for this study.)

Exclusion Criteria:

1) None

  Contacts and Locations
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00535067

United States, Texas
UT MD Anderson Cancer Center
Houston, Texas, United States, 77030
Sponsors and Collaborators
M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
Principal Investigator: Cielito C. Reyes-Gibby, DrPH M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
  More Information

Additional Information:
No publications provided

Responsible Party: M.D. Anderson Cancer Center Identifier: NCT00535067     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 2006-0761
Study First Received: September 21, 2007
Last Updated: February 27, 2014
Health Authority: United States: Institutional Review Board

Keywords provided by M.D. Anderson Cancer Center:
Breast Cancer
Neuropathic Pain
Cancer Survivors
Quality of Life

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Breast Neoplasms
Breast Diseases
Neoplasms by Site
Nervous System Diseases
Neurologic Manifestations
Neuromuscular Diseases
Peripheral Nervous System Diseases
Signs and Symptoms
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