A Web-based Study of Quality of Life Benefits Associated Aranesp in Anemic Patients With Cancer

This study is ongoing, but not recruiting participants.
Sponsor:
Collaborator:
Amgen
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT00153868
First received: September 8, 2005
Last updated: August 1, 2013
Last verified: July 2013
  Purpose

This is a web-based pilot study to evaluate the association between the treatment of anemia with darbepoetin alfa (aranesp) and the clinical benefits in symptom palliation, improved functional status and quality of life in patients with cancer. The feasibility of web-based assessments and data capture will be evaluated.


Condition Intervention
Anemia
Cancer
Drug: darbepoetin alfa

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Non-Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Pilot Web-based Study of Functional Status, Symptom Palliation and Quality of Life Benefits Associated With Darbepoetin Alfa (Aranesp®) Administration in Anemic Patients With Cancer.

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Further study details as provided by Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • A secure web-based assessment of cancer-related symptoms (LCSS), functional status (SF-36), and quality of life (FACT-An and PFS) will be obtained every 2 weeks (weeks 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, and 13). [ Time Frame: every 2 weeks (weeks 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, and 13) ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • A blood sample will be obtained to evaluate hemoglobin concentrations every 2 weeks (weeks 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, and 13). [ Time Frame: every 2 weeks (weeks 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, and 13) ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • A blood sample will be obtained to evaluate plasma cytokines every 4 weeks (weeks 5, 9, and 13). [ Time Frame: every 4 weeks (weeks 5, 9, and 13) ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Estimated Enrollment: 103
Study Start Date: October 2003
Estimated Study Completion Date: September 2013
Estimated Primary Completion Date: September 2013 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Active Comparator: 1
Darbepoetin alfa 200 mcg with escalation to 300 mcg after 6 weeks (week 7 dose) for non-responders subcutaneously every 2 weeks for 12 weeks (weeks 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, and 11)
Drug: darbepoetin alfa
The allocation to the treatment arms will be dependent on the schedule of chemotherapy (i.e. weekly, every 2 week, or every 4 week chemotherapy schedules will receive a starting dose of 200 mcg darbepoetin alfa and every 3 week chemotherapy schedule will receive a starting dose of 300 mcg). Non-responders are defined as patients who experience <1.0 g/dL increase in hemoglobin concentrations after 6 weeks. Darbepoetin alfa will be held for hemoglobin concentrations >13.0 g/dL.
Other Name: aranesp
Active Comparator: 2
darbepoetin alfa 300 mcg with escalation to 500 mcg after 6 weeks (week 7 dose) for non-responders subcutaneously every 3 weeks for 12 weeks (weeks 1, 4, 7, and 10)
Drug: darbepoetin alfa
The allocation to the treatment arms will be dependent on the schedule of chemotherapy (i.e. weekly, every 2 week, or every 4 week chemotherapy schedules will receive a starting dose of 200 mcg darbepoetin alfa and every 3 week chemotherapy schedule will receive a starting dose of 300 mcg). Non-responders are defined as patients who experience <1.0 g/dL increase in hemoglobin concentrations after 6 weeks. Darbepoetin alfa will be held for hemoglobin concentrations >13.0 g/dL.
Other Name: aranesp

Detailed Description:

Anemia associated with lung cancer and chemotherapy is an important factor effecting patient symptoms, functional status, and overall quality of life (Groopman and Itri 1999; Langer, Choy et al. 2002). Darbepoetin alfa (Aranesp®) has demonstrated a significant effect upon ameliorating chemotherapy-induced anemia in lung cancer (Vansteenkiste, Pirker et al. 2002; Vansteenkiste, Poulsen et al. 2002). This trial is designed to evaluate the association between the treatment of anemia with darbepoetin alfa and direct electronic capture of clinical benefits in cancer-related symptoms, functional status and overall quality of life. This trial uses a secure web-based design to capture the patient-associated symptoms, functional status and quality of life. This novel secure web-based system was selected to improve the efficiency and quality of clinical data capture. If our hypothesis is correct, treatment with darbepoetin alfa will be associated with improved palliation of cancer-related symptoms, improved functional status, and result in overall benefits to the patient's health-related quality of life. The development of a web-based system to directly capture patient-related symptoms, functional status and quality of life will permit us in the future to conduct a national or international trial addressing the effects of darbepoetin alfa on these factors. If our hypothesis is incorrect, it may be that these parameters are not affected by the correction of anemia with darbepoetin alfa or the measures are not sensitive enough to detect these differences. A notable finding would be a clearly defined improvement in symptom palliation, functional status, and quality of life associated with darbepoetin alfa therapy.

  Eligibility

Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Confirmation of non-myeloid cancer (myeloproliferative disorders will be excluded).
  • Hemoglobin concentration ≤ 11.0 g/dL.
  • Age ≥ 18 years.
  • Karnofsky performance status ≥ 60%.
  • Anemia predominantly due to cancer or chemotherapy.
  • Serum creatinine concentration ≤ 2.0 mg/dL.
  • Total serum bilirubin ≤ 1.5 times the upper limit of normal.
  • Nutritional status adequate to provide vitamin B12 and folate within the normal limits.
  • Capacity to complete the web-based functional status, symptom and quality of life assessments.
  • Ability to give informed consent.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Untreated symptomatic primary or metastatic cancer involving the central nervous system.
  • History of clinically significant iron deficiency.
  • Greater than two red blood cell transfusions within 2 weeks of registration or any red blood cell transfusion within 7 days of registration.
  • Received epoetin alfa or darbepoetin alfa therapy within 3 weeks prior to randomization.
  • History of a seizure disorder.
  • Unstable angina, congestive heart failure (New York Heart Association > class II or known ejection fraction < 40%) or uncontrolled cardiac arrhythmias.
  • Uncontrolled hypertension defined as a diastolic blood pressure > 100 mmHg.
  • Clinical evidence of active infection or inflammatory diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis. Subjects with active rheumatoid arthritis are excluded.
  • Known positive test for human immunodeficiency virus infection.
  • Known primary hematological disorder which could cause anemia such as sickle cell anemia.
  • Pregnant or breast-feeding.
  • Not using adequate contraception if of childbearing potential.
  • Known hypersensitivity to any recombinant mammalian-derived product.
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT00153868

Locations
United States, New Hampshire
Norris Cotton Cancer Center
Lebanon, New Hampshire, United States, 03756
Sponsors and Collaborators
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
Amgen
Investigators
Principal Investigator: James R Rigas, MD Norris Cotton Cancer Center
  More Information

No publications provided

Responsible Party: Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00153868     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: D-0341
Study First Received: September 8, 2005
Last Updated: August 1, 2013
Health Authority: United States: Institutional Review Board

Keywords provided by Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center:
Anemia
Cancer
Quality of life
Web-based
Aranesp
Darbepoetin alfa

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Anemia
Hematologic Diseases
Darbepoetin alfa
Hematinics
Hematologic Agents
Therapeutic Uses
Pharmacologic Actions

ClinicalTrials.gov processed this record on July 23, 2014