The Physiological Response to Routine Head and Neck Cancer Surgery

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Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust

Status

Completed

Conditions

Head and Neck Cancer

Study type

Observational

Funder types

Other

Identifiers

NCT01032096
CCR3168

Details and patient eligibility

About

The main objective of this pilot study is to observe and document the range of changes in the blood concentrations of certain hormones, inflammatory chemicals and immune chemicals in response to the stimulus of Head and Neck cancer

Full description

This project is in keeping with the strategy of the anaesthetic and intensive care departments to push towards greater understanding of the immune, metabolic and inflammatory changes associated with surgery and how these may be modified through use of different anaesthetic and intensive care techniques. Through increased understanding of the stress, inflammatory and immune responses to surgery we may be able to modulate peri-operative care to reduce cytotoxic(Natural Killer and Cytotoxic T cell) immunosuppression and hence micrometastatic spread at the time of surgery in future studies.

Enrollment

15 estimated patients

Sex

All

Ages

18 to 80 years old

Volunteers

No Healthy Volunteers

Inclusion criteria

  • Elective unilateral neck dissections (Levels I-V) and/or Hemithyroidectomy surgery.
  • Royal Marsden Hospital patients with head and neck cancer - all histological sub-types.
  • Capable of providing informed consent
  • Age >17
  • American Society of Anaesthesiologists Classification I-III.

Exclusion criteria

  • Past history of ipsilateral neck dissection.
  • Bilateral neck dissection
  • A recent course of systemic steroids (< 3 months)
  • Pregnancy
  • Involvement in drug trials
  • On following medications: Interleukins, Interferons, Immunosuppressants and long term opiates
  • Recent Synacthen Test (within 48 hours)
  • Emergency surgery
  • American Society of Anaesthesiologists Classification IV-V.

Trial contacts and locations

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