Quality of Life Assessment in Breast Cancer Patients with Radiation-Induced Telangiectasias Treated with Pulsed Dye Laser

Protocol
13-013
Full Title
Quality of Life Assessment in Breast Cancer Patients with Radiation-Induced Telangiectasias Treated with the Pulsed Dye Laser
Purpose

Telangiectasias are small dilated blood vessels in the skin that can result from radiation therapy for breast cancer. Pulsed dye laser is a treatment for telangiectasias that causes the blood vessels to shrink and become less visible. The purpose of this study is to see if pulsed dye laser treatment for radiation-induced telangiectasias affects a woman’s overall well-being.

Participants will be asked to complete a questionnaire asking how they feel about the telangiectasias, their radiated skin, and its effect on their daily lives. They will complete the questionnaire before the first treatment and after the final treatment, and investigators will compare their answers with the improvement in their skin appearance after treatment. It is hoped that the results of this study will help healthcare providers better understand how patients feel about the long-term effects of radiation on their skin.

Eligibility

Participants in this study will include women age 18 and older being treated for breast cancer with surgery and radiation therapy who have telangiectasias in the radiation field of the treated breast.

For more information about this study, please contact Dr. Erica Lee at 212-610-0724.

Disease(s)
Breast Cancer
Quality of Life
Locations
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