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Laser Therapy in Preventing Oral Mucositis in Patients Undergoing Bone Marrow Transplantation

This study has been completed.
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
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Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Identifier:
First received: September 13, 2001
Last updated: June 15, 2010
Last verified: June 2010

RATIONALE: Laser therapy may reduce the severity of symptoms and speed healing of oral mucositis. It is not yet known if laser therapy is effective in preventing oral mucositis.

PURPOSE: Randomized phase II/III trial to determine the effectiveness of laser therapy in preventing oral mucositis in patients who are undergoing bone marrow transplantation.

Condition Intervention Phase
Oral Complications Procedure: management of therapy complications Phase 2 Phase 3

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Primary Purpose: Supportive Care
Official Title: A Phase II/III Blinded Randomized Trial to Determine the Efficacy of Low Energy Diode Laser Therapy (650 nm or 780 nm) to Prevent Oral Mucositis Following Bone Marrow Transplantation

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Study Start Date: April 1995
Study Completion Date: December 2002
Detailed Description:

OBJECTIVES: I. Determine whether low-energy laser therapy can prevent oral mucositis in patients undergoing bone marrow transplantation.

OUTLINE: This is a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study. Patients are randomized to one of three treatment arms. Arm I: Patients undergo low-energy laser therapy with visible red light (650 nm) daily over 15-20 minutes beginning on the first day of their transplant conditioning regimen and continuing until day 2 after bone marrow transplantation. Arm II: Patients undergo low-energy laser therapy with invisible infra-red light (780 nm) daily on the same schedule as in arm I. Arm III: Patients undergo sham laser therapy daily on the same schedule as in arm I. Patients are followed on days 3, 7, 10, 14, 18, 21, and 24.

PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A total of 66 patients (22 per treatment arm) will be accrued for this study.


Ages Eligible for Study:   12 Years and older   (Child, Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

DISEASE CHARACTERISTICS: At risk of developing oral mucositis due to toxicity resulting from one of the following: Preparative chemoradiotherapy Multiple drug conditioning regimens Graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) prophylaxis

PATIENT CHARACTERISTICS: Age: Over 12 Performance status: Not specified Life expectancy: Not specified Hematopoietic: Not specified Hepatic: Not specified Renal: Not specified Other: Able to carry out routine oral care No active oral, viral, bacterial, or fungal infections No active uncontrolled oral bleeding that would preclude laser therapy

PRIOR CONCURRENT THERAPY: Biologic therapy: Not specified Chemotherapy: Not specified Endocrine therapy: Not specified Radiotherapy: Not specified Surgery: Not specified Other: Not currently enrolled on other protocols with oral mucositis as a stated end point (e.g., conditioning regimen toxicity trials or GVHD prophylaxis trials) No other concurrent investigational drugs or agents for the prevention or treatment of mucositis No concurrent photosensitizing agents

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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00024037

United States, Washington
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Seattle, Washington, United States, 98109-1024
Sponsors and Collaborators
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Study Chair: Mark M. Schubert, DDS, MSD Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
  More Information Identifier: NCT00024037     History of Changes
Obsolete Identifiers: NCT01005134
Other Study ID Numbers: 1001.00
CDR0000068886 ( Registry Identifier: PDQ )
Study First Received: September 13, 2001
Last Updated: June 15, 2010

Keywords provided by Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center:
oral complications

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Gastrointestinal Diseases
Digestive System Diseases
Mouth Diseases
Stomatognathic Diseases processed this record on June 22, 2017