Prospective Assessment of Quality of Life (QOL) in Pediatric Patients Treated With Radiation Therapy for Brain Tumors and Non-central Nervous System (Non-CNS) Malignancies
Brain Tumors - Non-CNS Malignancies
Conditions: official terms
Brain Neoplasms - Neoplasms
Conditions: Keywords
Pediatric patients, treated with, radiation therapy, for brain tumors, and non-CNS malignancies
Study Type
Study Phase
Study Design
Observational Model: Cohort, Time Perspective: Prospective
Name: Quality of Life surveys completed at specified timepoints
Type: Other
Overall Status
In recent years, remarkable advances in medical oncology, surgery, and radiology have allowed for increasing cure rates for childhood malignancies. This success has led to an emerging understanding of the kinds of effects that treatments can have on the pediatric population and how such effects can influence pediatric cancer survivor's functioning and quality of life. It has become tremendously important to assess the long-term complications due to therapy in this growing sector of survivors and to tailor our treatments so as to minimize these late effects.

The Investigators at MGH are committed to improving the delivery of radiotherapy to our patients and improving the outcome for these patients. MGH has an on-site cyclotron for proton radiotherapy in order to provide the most advanced care for patients in need. Proton therapy possesses a clinical advantage over standard photon therapy in that its optimal dose distribution delivers the bulk of radiation to the tumor site. This method spares the greatest volume of normal tissue, resulting in decreased short-term and long-term morbidity.

Through open pediatric protocols for patients treated with proton radiotherapy, the investigators aim to define and report the acute and late effects associated with treatment.

The investigators also treat a number of patients off-protocol with both proton and photon radiotherapy, and are interested in reporting these patients' QOL outcomes in conjunction with other clinical data that may be pertinent to the site of tumor treatment. This research is significant in that it will allow us to delineate the positive and negative effects of radiation treatment on patients' QOL, highlighting points of success and exposing areas that are in need of improvement. Such knowledge will be used to improve the experience of pediatric cancer survivors in the future.

The aims of this study are: 1) to prospectively collect and report the QOL outcomes in patients treated with radiotherapy and 2) to correlate the QOL data with pertinent clinical information.
Detailed Description
You will be asked to complete a series of questionnaires during your treatment and annually for ten years.
Criteria for eligibility
Healthy Volunteers: No
Maximum Age: 25 Years
Minimum Age: 2 Years
Gender: Both
Criteria: Inclusion Criteria:

- Any patient being treated with radiation therapy with curative intent

- Patients between the ages of 2 and 25

- Patients who speak either English or Spanish

- Patients who agree to fill out the questionnaire

Exclusion Criteria:

- Patients younger than 2 years of age or over 25

- Patients receiving treatment with palliative intent

- Patients who do not wish to participate
Massachusetts General Hospital
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Status: Recruiting
Start Date
September 2005
Completion Date
March 2029
Massachusetts General Hospital
Massachusetts General Hospital
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