The Use of Low Dose Testosterone To Enhance Libido In Female Cancer Survivors: A Phase III Randomized, Placebo-Controlled, Double-Blind Crossover Study
- Determine the efficacy of low-dose testosterone, in terms of average intra-patient
change in libido, in postmenopausal female cancer survivors with a decreased libido.
- Determine the toxic effects of this drug in these patients.
- Determine the levels of estrogen and testosterone and SGOT in patients reporting a
decreased libido before and after treatment with this drug.
- Determine whether increasing libido significantly positively affects pleasure from
sexual activity in patients treated with this drug.
- Determine the effect of this drug on vitality, general quality of life, and overall
mood in these patients.
OUTLINE: This is a double-blind, placebo-controlled, randomized, crossover, multicenter
study. Patients are stratified according to antidepressant medication use (yes vs no), age
(under 50 vs 50 to 60 vs 61 to 70 vs over 70), tamoxifen or other selective estrogen
receptor modulator use (yes vs no), and ovarian status (in place [natural menopause or
hysterectomy] vs not in place [bilateral oophorectomy]). Patients are randomized to 1 of 2
- Arm I: Patients receive topical testosterone once daily for 4 weeks.
- Arm II: Patients receive a topical placebo once daily for 4 weeks. After 4 weeks,
patients cross over to the other treatment arm.
Changes in sexual functioning, mood states, and medical outcome vitality are assessed at
baseline and then at the end of weeks 4 and 8.
Patients who continue or restart testosterone cream after the 8-week study period are
followed at 6 months.
PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A total of 140 patients (70 per treatment arm) will be accrued for this
study within 14 months.
Allocation: Randomized, Masking: Double-Blind, Primary Purpose: Supportive Care
Charles L. Loprinzi, MD
United States: Federal Government
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