Treatment of Post Radiation Dysphonia For Patients With Head & Neck Cancer

What we are studying

The purpose of this research study is to evaluate a special treatment (pulsed dye laser) for treating the vocal cord scarring that can occur after radiation therapy. Pulsed dye laser is used to treat patients suffering from poor voice quality due to vocal cord scarring. Radiation produces scarring in a similar fashion. However, relatively little research has been performed to evaluate pulsed dye laser in the treatment of patients with vocal cord scarring after radiation. This study will further investigate the changes that take place in patients’ voices after they receive pulsed dye laser for this condition.

Who we are studying

  • Men and Women
  • Races:
    • White
    • African American
    • Asian
    • American Indian or Alaska Native
    • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
    • Other
  • All Ethnicities
  • Ages 18+

Eligibility Criteria

  • Suffering with dysphonia (difficulty speaking)
  • Diagnosed with head and neck cancer
  • Completed radiation therapy at least 1 year ago

What is involved

  • 1 pre-treatment visit
  • 3 treatment visits
  • 3 follow-up visits



Contact Information

Study Coordinator
Misty Allen

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