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Lycopene In Preventing of Prostate Cancer

This study has been completed.
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
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National Cancer Institute (NCI) Identifier:
First received: August 3, 2000
Last updated: June 25, 2013
Last verified: December 2004

RATIONALE: Chemoprevention therapy is the use of certain drugs to try to prevent the development of cancer. The use of lycopene may be an effective way to prevent prostate cancer.

PURPOSE: Phase I trial to study the effectiveness of lycopene in preventing prostate cancer.

Condition Intervention Phase
Prostate Cancer Dietary Supplement: lycopene Phase 1

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Primary Purpose: Prevention
Official Title: Single Dose Pharmacokinetic Study of Lycopene Delivered in a Well Defined Food-Based Lycopene Delivery System (Tomato Paste-oil Mixture) in Healthy Male Volunteers Between 18 and 45 Years of Age

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Further study details as provided by National Cancer Institute (NCI):

Study Start Date: June 2000
Study Completion Date: January 2005
Detailed Description:


  • Determine any dose limiting toxicities and the maximum tolerated dose of lycopene administered orally as a food based delivery system in healthy male subjects 18-45 years of age for the chemoprevention of prostate cancer.
  • Determine the pharmacokinetics of this regimen in this population.
  • Determine the dose range of this regimen to be used in the 3 month multiple dose study, based on the toxicity, pharmacokinetics and feasibility resulting from the present study in this population.

OUTLINE: This is a dose-escalation study.

Patients receive a single dose of oral lycopene in a mixture of tomato paste, water, and olive oil over 15 minutes on day 1. Patients are asked to maintain a diet that contains negligible carotinoid for 28 days.

Cohorts of 5 patients receive escalating doses of lycopene until the maximum tolerated dose (MTD) is determined. The MTD is defined as the dose preceding that at which 2 of 5 patients experience dose limiting toxicities.

Patients are followed weekly for 4 weeks.

PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A total of 5-25 patients will be accrued for this study.


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 45 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   Male
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No


  • Normal healthy males judged to be in good medical condition based on history and physical exam confirming the absence of chronic medical conditions
  • Baseline serum lycopene less than 600 nM



  • 18 to 45

Performance status:

  • Karnofsky 100%

Life expectancy:

  • Not specified


  • Hematologic function normal


  • Liver function normal
  • No hepatic disease


  • Kidney function normal
  • No renal disease


  • No hypertension requiring medication
  • No cardiovascular disease
  • Normal EKG


  • No evidence of a psychiatric disorder
  • Must be within 15% of ideal body weight based on standard weight tables
  • No history of smoking within the past 3 months
  • At least 72 hours since prior alcohol consumption and no history of alcohol abuse
  • No history of gastrointestinal malabsorption or any other condition that could affect drug absorption
  • No allergy to tomato based products
  • No active malignancy at any site
  • No illness that would pose a threat or additional risk (e.g., thyroid disease, diabetes mellitus)


Biologic therapy:

  • Not specified


  • Not specified

Endocrine therapy:

  • Not specified


  • Not specified


  • Not specified


  • At least 14 days since prior prescription drugs
  • No concurrent regular prescription medications
  • At least 30 days since other prior experimental drugs
  • No concurrent participation in any other experimental trial
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00006078

United States, Illinois
University of Illinois Medical Center
Chicago, Illinois, United States, 60612
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Illinois at Chicago
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Study Chair: Keith A. Rodvold University of Illinois at Chicago
  More Information Identifier: NCT00006078     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: UIC-H-99-058
CDR0000067915 ( Registry Identifier: PDQ (Physician Data Query) )
Study First Received: August 3, 2000
Last Updated: June 25, 2013

Keywords provided by National Cancer Institute (NCI):
prostate cancer

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Prostatic Neoplasms
Genital Neoplasms, Male
Urogenital Neoplasms
Neoplasms by Site
Genital Diseases, Male
Prostatic Diseases
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Protective Agents
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Radiation-Protective Agents
Anticarcinogenic Agents
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