Arginine/Omega-3 Fatty Acids/Nucleotides Nutritional Supplement in Treating Patients With Stage III or Stage IV Head and Neck Cancer Undergoing Chemotherapy and Radiation Therapy
RATIONALE: Giving a nutritional supplement containing arginine, omega-3 fatty acids, and nucleotides to patients undergoing chemotherapy and radiation therapy may stimulate the immune system and help the body build a stronger immune response.
PURPOSE: This phase II trial is studying how well an arginine/omega-3 fatty acids/nucleotides nutritional supplement works in treating patients with stage III or stage IV head and neck cancer undergoing chemotherapy and radiation therapy.
Head and Neck Cancer
Dietary Supplement: arginine/omega-3 fatty acids/nucleotides oral supplement
Procedure: adjuvant therapy
Radiation: radiation therapy
|Study Design:||Allocation: Non-Randomized
Primary Purpose: Treatment
|Official Title:||Phase 2 Study Assessing the Impact of Parenteral Administration of the Immunomodulater Oral IMPACT® for Postoperative Radiochemotherapy in Patients With Carcinoma of the Head and Neck|
- Effects of immunomodulator arginine/omega-3 fatty acids/nucleotides oral supplement (Oral IMPACT®) administered via percutaneous gastrostomy during adjuvant chemoradiotherapy [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
|Study Start Date:||June 2005|
|Primary Completion Date:||May 2011 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
- Assess the effects of immunomodulator arginine/omega-3 fatty acids/nucleotides oral supplement (Oral IMPACT®) administered via percutaneous gastrostomy during adjuvant chemoradiotherapy in patients with stage III or IV epidermoid head and neck cancer.
OUTLINE: This is a multicenter study.
Patients undergo radiotherapy 5 days a week for 6½ weeks. Patients receive cisplatin IV during weeks 1, 4, and 7 of radiotherapy. Patients also receive arginine/omega-3 fatty acids/nucleotides oral supplement (Oral IMPACT®) via percutaneous gastrostomy tube 3 times daily for 5 days before each chemotherapy treatment.