Epoetin Alfa in Treating Patients With Anemia Who Are Undergoing Chemotherapy for Cancer
RATIONALE: Epoetin alfa may cause the body to make more red blood cells. It is used to treat anemia caused by cancer and chemotherapy.
PURPOSE: This randomized phase II trial is studying how well epoetin alfa works in treating patients with anemia who are undergoing chemotherapy for cancer.
Multiple Myeloma and Plasma Cell Neoplasm
Unspecified Adult Solid Tumor, Protocol Specific
Biological: epoetin alfa
|Study Design:||Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Supportive Care
|Official Title:||Assessment of Early and Standard Intervention With Procrit® (Epoetin Alfa) 120,000 Units Once Every Three Weeks (Q3W) in Patients With Cancer Receiving Chemotherapy|
- Efficacy [ Time Frame: 7 weeks ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
- Safety [ Time Frame: 7 weeks ] [ Designated as safety issue: Yes ]
- Quality of life [ Time Frame: 7 weeks ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
|Study Start Date:||August 2005|
|Primary Completion Date:||April 2007 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
Experimental: early intervention epoietin alfa
Patients receive epoetin alfa subcutaneously on day 1. Treatment repeats every 21 days for up to 5 courses.
|Biological: epoetin alfa|
standard intervention epoietin alfa
Patients receive epoetin alfa as in arm I once their hemoglobin level is ≤ 10.5 g/dL.
|Biological: epoetin alfa|
- Determine the efficacy, in terms of maintenance of target hemoglobin and hematocrit levels, of interval dosing with epoetin alfa in patients with anemia undergoing chemotherapy for nonmyeloid cancer.
- Determine the safety of this drug in these patients.
- Determine the quality of life of patients treated with this drug.
OUTLINE: This is a randomized, open-label, multicenter study. Patients are stratified according to participating center. Patients are randomized to 1 of 2 treatment arms.
- Arm I (early intervention): Patients receive epoetin alfa subcutaneously on day 1. Treatment repeats every 21 days for up to 5 courses.
- Arm II (standard intervention): Patients receive epoetin alfa as in arm I once their hemoglobin level is ≤ 10.5 g/dL.
Quality of life is assessed prior to start of study treatment, at week 7 during study treatment, and after completion of study treatment.
After completion of study treatment, patients are followed at 4 weeks.
PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A total of 180 patients will be accrued for this study.
|United States, California|
|Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center at UCLA|
|Los Angeles, California, United States, 90095-1781|
|Principal Investigator:||John A. Glaspy, MD, MPH||Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center|