Purpose

The goal of this study is to find out which immune molecules, cells, and genes are involved in the development of lymphedema (LE), so that medicines that target them can be considered for treating lymphedema. The hypothesis is that LE is a systemic, autoimmune-like disease that is initiated by inflammatory cytokines induced by surgery, radiation, and possibly chemotherapy in genetically susceptible patients.

Condition

Eligibility

Eligible Ages
Over 18 Years
Eligible Genders
Female
Accepts Healthy Volunteers
No

Inclusion Criteria

  • Participants must be at least 18 years of age - Participants must have been clinically diagnosed with breast cancer and scheduled for axillary lymph node dissection (ALND) and radiation treatment at MD Anderson (receiving chemotherapy, mastectomy or breast-conserving surgery, ALND (>10 nodes) and radiation treatment for breast cancer, identified by Drs. Mittendorf and Shaitelman of the Nellie B. Connally Breast Cancer Center at MD Anderson) - Ambulatory and possessing all four limbs - No prior radiation therapy - Negative urine pregnancy test within 36 hours prior to study drug administration, if of childbearing potential - Females participants must complete the Female Enrollment Form. Childbearing potential participants must agree to use one of the medically accepted forms of contraception for a period of one month after study participation. Female participants who meet the criteria for non-childbearing will still complete the Female Enrollment Form, but are not restricted to the use of contraception following study participation.

Exclusion Criteria

  • Participants with a known or suspected allergy to iodine - Participants who are breastfeeding, pregnant or trying to become pregnant - Severe underlying chronic illness or disease (other than breast cancer) - Participants not capable of keeping moderately still for the imaging portion of the study session (~1 hour for imaging)

Study Design

Phase
Phase 1
Study Type
Interventional
Allocation
N/A
Intervention Model
Single Group Assignment
Primary Purpose
Basic Science
Masking
None (Open Label)

Arm Groups

ArmDescriptionAssigned Intervention
Other
Cancer-treated patients receiving NIRFLI
Near-infrared Fluorescence Lymphatic Imaging (NIRFLI) using Indocyanine Green (ICG) is used to "visualize" lymphatic vessel anatomy and function.
  • Drug: Indocyanine Green (ICG)
    Near-infrared Fluorescence Lymphatic Imaging (NIRFLI) using Indocyanine Green (ICG) is used to "visualize" lymphatic vessel anatomy and function.
  • Device: Near-infrared Fluorescence Lymphatic Imaging (NIRFLI)
    Near-infrared Fluorescence Lymphatic Imaging (NIRFLI) using Indocyanine Green (ICG) is used to "visualize" lymphatic vessel anatomy and function.

Recruiting Locations

The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
Houston, Texas 77030
Contact:
Melissa B Aldrich, PhD
713-248-2642
Melissa.B.Aldrich@uth.tmc.edu

More Details

Status
Recruiting
Sponsor
The University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston

Study Contact

Melissa B Aldrich, PhD
713-248-2642
Melissa.B.Aldrich@uth.tmc.edu

Notice

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