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A Randomized, Double Blind, Pacebo-Controlled Study to Assess The Feasibility, Toxicity And Efficacy (Phase I/II) Of A Chinese Herbal Therapy (CHT) For Symptom Management In Women Undergoing Chemotherapy For Stage I/II/III Breast Cancer


Phase 1/Phase 2
18 Years
N/A
Not Enrolling
Female
Breast Cancer, Drug/Agent Toxicity by Tissue/Organ

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Trial Information

A Randomized, Double Blind, Pacebo-Controlled Study to Assess The Feasibility, Toxicity And Efficacy (Phase I/II) Of A Chinese Herbal Therapy (CHT) For Symptom Management In Women Undergoing Chemotherapy For Stage I/II/III Breast Cancer


OBJECTIVES:

- Determine the toxic effects and safety of chinese herbal therapy (CHT) when
administered for toxicity attenuation in combination with adjuvant doxorubicin and
cyclophosphamide in women with stage I, II, or early stage III breast cancer.

- Determine patient compliance and the feasibility of using CHT by daily treatment
calendars, weekly symptom inventories, and quality of life and mood state
questionnaires completed by these patients.

- Determine patient preferences and concerns about CHT.

- Determine, preliminarily, the efficacy of CHT in ameliorating the toxic effects/side
effects of adjuvant chemotherapy with doxorubicin and cyclophosphamide, in terms of the
incidence and severity of adverse events, in these patients.

OUTLINE: This is a randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind study. Patients are
randomized to one of two treatment arms.

- Arm I: Patients receive adjuvant doxorubicin IV and cyclophosphamide IV over 1 hour on
days 0, 21, 42, and 63. Patients also receive oral chinese herbal therapy three times
daily on days -10 to 105.

- Arm II: Patients receive adjuvant chemotherapy as in arm I and oral placebo three times
daily on days -10 to 105.

Quality of life is assessed at baseline and on days 3, 24, 45, 66, 84, and 105.

Patients are followed at day 105.

PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A total of 60 patients (30 per treatment arm) will be accrued for this
study.

Inclusion Criteria


DISEASE CHARACTERISTICS:

- Histologically confirmed stage I, II, or early stage III breast cancer for which
adjuvant doxorubicin and cyclophosphamide is recommended

- No metastatic disease

- Hormone receptor status:

- Not specified

PATIENT CHARACTERISTICS:

Age:

- Over 18

Sex:

- Female

Menopausal status:

- Not specified

Performance status:

- Karnofsky 80-100%

Life expectancy:

- Not specified

Hematopoietic:

- WBC at least 3,000/mm^3

- Absolute neutrophil count at least 1,500/mm^3

- Hemoglobin at least 9.0 g/dL

- Platelet count at least 100,000/mm^3

Hepatic:

- Bilirubin no greater than 1.5 mg/dL

- AST no greater than 2 times normal

Renal:

- Creatinine no greater than 1.5 mg/dL

Cardiovascular:

- No evidence of acute ischemic cardiac disease on ECG

Other:

- Not pregnant or nursing

- Negative pregnancy test

- Fertile patients must use effective contraception

- No history of multiple severe food or medicine allergies or sensitivities

- No medical or psychological condition that would preclude study participation

- No severe concurrent illness

PRIOR CONCURRENT THERAPY:

Biologic therapy:

- No concurrent immunotherapy

Chemotherapy:

- See Disease Characteristics

- No other concurrent chemotherapy

Endocrine therapy:

- No concurrent hormonal therapy

Radiotherapy:

- At least 3 weeks since prior radiotherapy

- No concurrent radiotherapy

Surgery:

- Not specified

Other:

- At least 3 weeks since prior investigational agents

- At least 3 weeks since prior herbal therapy

- No other concurrent investigational agents

- No other concurrent herbal therapy or alternative medicine

- Concurrent acupuncture allowed

Type of Study:

Interventional

Study Design:

Allocation: Randomized, Masking: Double-Blind, Primary Purpose: Supportive Care

Principal Investigator

Hope S. Rugo, MD

Investigator Role:

Study Chair

Investigator Affiliation:

University of California, San Francisco

Authority:

United States: Federal Government

Study ID:

CDR0000069154

NCT ID:

NCT00028964

Start Date:

February 2001

Completion Date:

February 2005

Related Keywords:

  • Breast Cancer
  • Drug/Agent Toxicity by Tissue/Organ
  • stage I breast cancer
  • stage II breast cancer
  • stage IIIA breast cancer
  • recurrent breast cancer
  • drug/agent toxicity by tissue/organ
  • Breast Neoplasms

Name

Location

UCSF Comprehensive Cancer CenterSan Francisco, California  94115