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Electroacupuncture in Treating Delayed Nausea and Vomiting in Patients Receiving Chemotherapy For Newly Diagnosed Childhood Sarcoma, Neuroblastoma, Nasopharyngeal Cancer, Germ Cell Tumors, or Hodgkin Lymphoma

This study has been completed.
Sponsor:
Collaborators:
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Children's Oncology Group
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT00040911
First received: July 8, 2002
Last updated: May 29, 2013
Last verified: May 2013
  Purpose

RATIONALE: Electroacupuncture may help to reduce or prevent delayed nausea and vomiting in patients treated with chemotherapy.

PURPOSE: This randomized clinical trial is studying the effectiveness of electroacupuncture in treating delayed nausea and vomiting in patients who are receiving chemotherapy for newly diagnosed childhood sarcoma, neuroblastoma, nasopharyngeal cancer, germ cell tumors, or Hodgkin lymphoma.


Condition Intervention
Brain Tumors
Central Nervous System Tumors
Childhood Germ Cell Tumor
Extragonadal Germ Cell Tumor
Head and Neck Cancer
Lymphoma
Nausea
Vomiting
Neuroblastoma
Ovarian Cancer
Sarcoma
Procedure: electroacupuncture therapy
Procedure: sham intervention
Procedure: quality-of-life assessment

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double Blind (Subject, Caregiver)
Primary Purpose: Supportive Care
Official Title: A Randomized Study Of Electroacupuncture Treatment For Delayed Chemotherapy-Induced Nausea And Vomiting In Patients With Pediatric Solid Tumors

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Further study details as provided by Children's Oncology Group:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Delayed nausea by Marrow Assessment of Nausea and Emesis at 1, 3, and 6 weeks after study completion [ Time Frame: 7 days ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    A two-sample t-test will be used. In the event the data are not normally distributed in one or both arms, a Wilcoxon rank sum test will be used.


Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Quality of life by QLQ C-30 at 1, 3, and 6 weeks after study completion [ Time Frame: Day 8 ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • Pain by Brief Pain Inventory at 1, 3, and 6 weeks after study completion [ Time Frame: Day 1 ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    It is anticipated that Cochran-Armitage trend tests will be used to compare the results between randomized groups.


Enrollment: 17
Study Start Date: April 2005
Study Completion Date: January 2011
Primary Completion Date: October 2009 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Arm I (alternative medicine procedure)
Patients undergo electroacupuncture therapy to specific acupuncture points on the arms and legs over 25 minutes twice daily on days 1 and 2 and then once daily on days 3-7 during week 1 of chemotherapy course 1 (9 acupuncture treatments total).
Procedure: electroacupuncture therapy Procedure: quality-of-life assessment
Ancillary studies
Sham Comparator: Arm II (alternative medicine procedure)
Patients undergo electroacupuncture therapy to sham points on the arms and legs as in arm I.
Procedure: sham intervention
Undergo electroacupuncture therapy to sham points
Procedure: quality-of-life assessment
Ancillary studies

Detailed Description:

OBJECTIVES:

Primary

  • Determine the efficacy of electroacupuncture, in terms of reducing acute and delayed chemotherapy-induced nausea, in patients with newly diagnosed pediatric sarcoma, neuroblastoma, nasopharyngeal carcinoma, or germ cell tumors.

Secondary

  • Determine the efficacy of this therapy, in terms of reducing delayed chemotherapy-induced emesis, in these patients.
  • Determine the efficacy of this therapy, in terms of altering salivary cortisol levels and fasting serum glucose and insulin levels as stress parameters, in these patients.
  • Determine the efficacy of this therapy, in terms of improving the quality of life, in these patients.
  • Determine the efficacy of this therapy, in terms of reducing acute nausea and emesis, in these patients.

OUTLINE: This is a multicenter, randomized, double-blind study. Patients are stratified according to planned treatment with cisplatin-based chemotherapy (yes vs no) and gender. Patients are randomized to 1 of 2 arms.

  • Arm I: Patients undergo electroacupuncture to specific acupuncture points on the arms and legs over 25 minutes twice daily on days 1 and 2 and then once daily on days 3-7 during week 1 of chemotherapy course 1 (9 acupuncture treatments total).
  • Arm II: Patients undergo electroacupuncture to sham points on the arms and legs as in arm I.

Quality of life is assessed at baseline, on days 1 and 8 of each treatment course, and then after completion of the study.

PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A total of 65 patients (approximately 32 per arm) will be accrued for this study within 2.5-3 years.

  Eligibility

Ages Eligible for Study:   5 Years to 35 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Criteria

DISEASE CHARACTERISTICS:

  • Newly diagnosed malignancy of 1 of the following types:

    • Pediatric sarcoma
    • Neuroblastoma
    • Nasopharyngeal carcinoma
    • Germ cell tumor
    • Hodgkin lymphoma
  • Meets 1 of the following criteria:

    • Eligible for Children's Oncology Group (COG) protocol for sarcoma, neuroblastoma, or germ cell tumor
    • Eligible for NCI Pediatric Oncology Branch (POB) protocol for sarcoma
    • Following COG-approved standard treatment regimen for sarcoma, neuroblastoma, nasopharyngeal carcinoma, or germ cell tumor
    • Enrolled on the POB natural history protocol 98-C-0037
  • Planned treatment, according to COG or POB protocols, that includes a cisplatin- and/or doxorubicin-containing regimen for sarcoma, neuroblastoma, nasopharyngeal carcinoma, germ cell tumor, or Hodgkin lymphoma OR either a cyclophosphamide/ifosfamide-doxorubicin-containing or cyclophosphamide/dactinomycin-containing regimen for rhabdomyosarcoma
  • No clinical or radiographic signs of spinal cord compression

PATIENT CHARACTERISTICS:

Age:

  • 5 to 35

Performance status:

  • Not specified

Life expectancy:

  • Not specified

Hematopoietic:

  • Platelet count greater than 50,000/mm^3 (transfusion independent)
  • No clotting disorders, including hemophilia

Hepatic:

  • PT and PTT normal (within 10% of institution's upper limit of normal)

Renal:

  • Not specified

Other:

  • Not pregnant
  • No casting of 1 or more extremities
  • No other condition that would preclude access to acupuncture points
  • No cognitive impairment

PRIOR CONCURRENT THERAPY:

Biologic therapy:

  • Not specified

Chemotherapy:

  • See Disease Characteristics
  • No prior systemic chemotherapy

Endocrine therapy:

  • More than 4 weeks since prior glucocorticoid therapy
  • No concurrent glucocorticoid therapy

Radiotherapy:

  • Not specified

Surgery:

  • Not specified

Other:

  • No prior acupuncture
  • No concurrent anticoagulants
  Contacts and Locations
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT00040911

Locations
United States, Maryland
Warren Grant Magnuson Clinical Center - NCI Clinical Trials Referral Office
Bethesda, Maryland, United States, 20892-1182
Sponsors and Collaborators
Children's Oncology Group
Investigators
Study Chair: Kara Kelly, MD Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center
  More Information

Additional Information:
No publications provided

Responsible Party: Children's Oncology Group
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00040911     History of Changes
Obsolete Identifiers: NCT00034411, NCT00034996
Other Study ID Numbers: ACCL04C2, NCCAM-02-AT-0172, NCI-02-AT-0172, COG-ACCL04C2, CDR0000069419
Study First Received: July 8, 2002
Last Updated: May 29, 2013
Health Authority: United States: Federal Government

Keywords provided by Children's Oncology Group:
nausea and vomiting
localized osteosarcoma
metastatic osteosarcoma
nonmetastatic childhood soft tissue sarcoma
metastatic childhood soft tissue sarcoma
previously untreated childhood rhabdomyosarcoma
localized Ewing sarcoma/peripheral primitive neuroectodermal tumor
metastatic Ewing sarcoma/peripheral primitive neuroectodermal tumor
childhood teratoma
childhood extragonadal germ cell tumor
childhood malignant testicular germ cell tumor
childhood malignant ovarian germ cell tumor
childhood central nervous system germ cell tumor
localized resectable neuroblastoma
localized unresectable neuroblastoma
disseminated neuroblastoma
regional neuroblastoma
stage 4S neuroblastoma
stage I lymphoepithelioma of the nasopharynx
stage I squamous cell carcinoma of the nasopharynx
stage II lymphoepithelioma of the nasopharynx
stage II squamous cell carcinoma of the nasopharynx
stage III lymphoepithelioma of the nasopharynx
stage III squamous cell carcinoma of the nasopharynx
stage IV lymphoepithelioma of the nasopharynx
stage IV squamous cell carcinoma of the nasopharynx
stage I adult Hodgkin lymphoma
stage I childhood Hodgkin lymphoma
stage II adult Hodgkin lymphoma
stage II childhood Hodgkin lymphoma

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Brain Neoplasms
Head and Neck Neoplasms
Hodgkin Disease
Lymphoma
Nausea
Nervous System Neoplasms
Neuroblastoma
Ovarian Neoplasms
Vomiting
Central Nervous System Neoplasms
Neoplasms, Germ Cell and Embryonal
Neuroectodermal Tumors, Primitive, Peripheral
Sarcoma
Neoplasms by Site
Neoplasms
Brain Diseases
Central Nervous System Diseases
Nervous System Diseases
Neoplasms by Histologic Type
Lymphoproliferative Disorders
Lymphatic Diseases
Immunoproliferative Disorders
Immune System Diseases
Signs and Symptoms, Digestive
Signs and Symptoms
Neuroectodermal Tumors, Primitive
Neoplasms, Neuroepithelial
Neuroectodermal Tumors
Neoplasms, Glandular and Epithelial
Neoplasms, Nerve Tissue

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