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Amifostine in Treating Patients With Ovarian Epithelial Cancer Who Are Receiving Chemotherapy

This study has been completed.
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Northwestern University Identifier:
First received: December 10, 1999
Last updated: May 31, 2012
Last verified: May 2012

RATIONALE: Drugs used in chemotherapy use different ways to stop tumor cells from dividing so they stop growing or die. Chemoprotective drugs such as amifostine may protect normal cells from the side effects of chemotherapy.

PURPOSE: Randomized phase III trial to study the effectiveness of amifostine in treating patients who have ovarian epithelial cancer and who are receiving chemotherapy.

Condition Intervention Phase
Ovarian Cancer Quality of Life Drug: amifostine trihydrate Procedure: quality-of-life assessment Phase 3

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Primary Purpose: Supportive Care
Official Title: Amifostine as a Toxicity Protectant in Ovarian Cancer in Chemotherapy Treated Patients: A Pilot Phase III Randomized Controlled Trial

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Further study details as provided by Northwestern University:

Study Start Date: October 1999
Study Completion Date: January 2003
Primary Completion Date: January 2003 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Detailed Description:

OBJECTIVES: I. Determine if patients with ovarian epithelial cancer receiving chemotherapy have significantly fewer neurologic events when treated with amifostine. II. Compare amifostine vs no chemoprotection in terms of overall incidence of neuropathy, incidence of neutropenia, infection, and other myelosuppressive events (e.g., leukopenia, anemia, and thrombocytopenia), length of hospital stay due to infections, and quality of life in this patient population.

OUTLINE: This is a randomized, parallel, controlled, double blind study. Patients are randomized to one of two treatment arms. Arm I: Patients receive amifostine IV over 10 minutes, 30 minutes prior to chemotherapy. Arm II: Patients receive a placebo IV over 10 minutes, 30 minutes prior to chemotherapy. Treatment repeats every 3 weeks for 8 courses in the absence of disease progression or unacceptable toxicity. Quality of life is assessed prior to courses 1, 4, and 8, and then every 3 months for 1 year. Patients are followed monthly for 6 months.

PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A total of 60 patients will be accrued for this study within 2 years.


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   Female
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

DISEASE CHARACTERISTICS: Histologically confirmed, surgically staged ovarian epithelial cancer Planned treatment with paclitaxel/carboplatinum chemotherapy

PATIENT CHARACTERISTICS: Age: 18 and over Performance status: GOG 0-2 Life expectancy: Not specified Hematopoietic: Absolute neutrophil count at least 1,500/mm3 Platelet count at least 100,000/mm3 Hepatic: Bilirubin no greater than 3 mg/dL SGOT/SGPT no greater than 2.5 times upper limit of normal Renal: Creatinine no greater than 2 mg/dL Other: Not pregnant or nursing Negative pregnancy test Fertile patients must use effective contraception during and for 3 months after study

PRIOR CONCURRENT THERAPY: Biologic therapy: Not specified Chemotherapy: See Disease Characteristics No prior chemotherapy Endocrine therapy: Not specified Radiotherapy: No prior radiotherapy Surgery: See Disease Characteristics Other: At least 24 hours since prior antihypertensives

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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00004166

United States, Illinois
Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center, Northwestern University
Chicago, Illinois, United States, 60611
Sponsors and Collaborators
Northwestern University
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Study Chair: David A. Fishman, MD Robert H. Lurie Cancer Center
  More Information

Responsible Party: Northwestern University Identifier: NCT00004166     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: NU 97CC4
Study First Received: December 10, 1999
Last Updated: May 31, 2012

Keywords provided by Northwestern University:
stage I ovarian epithelial cancer
stage II ovarian epithelial cancer
stage III ovarian epithelial cancer
stage IV ovarian epithelial cancer
quality of life

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Ovarian Neoplasms
Endocrine Gland Neoplasms
Neoplasms by Site
Ovarian Diseases
Adnexal Diseases
Genital Diseases, Female
Genital Neoplasms, Female
Urogenital Neoplasms
Endocrine System Diseases
Gonadal Disorders
Radiation-Protective Agents
Protective Agents
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