Electroacupuncture in Treating Delayed Nausea and Vomiting in Patients Receiving Chemotherapy For Newly Diagnosed Childhood Sarcoma, Neuroblastoma, Nasopharyngeal Cancer, Germ Cell Tumors, or Hodgkin Lymphoma
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|ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00040911|
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : January 27, 2003
Last Update Posted : May 31, 2013
RATIONALE: Electroacupuncture may help to reduce or prevent delayed nausea and vomiting in patients treated with chemotherapy.
PURPOSE: This randomized clinical trial is studying the effectiveness of electroacupuncture in treating delayed nausea and vomiting in patients who are receiving chemotherapy for newly diagnosed childhood sarcoma, neuroblastoma, nasopharyngeal cancer, germ cell tumors, or Hodgkin lymphoma.
|Condition or disease||Intervention/treatment||Phase|
|Brain Tumors Central Nervous System Tumors Childhood Germ Cell Tumor Extragonadal Germ Cell Tumor Head and Neck Cancer Lymphoma Nausea Vomiting Neuroblastoma Ovarian Cancer Sarcoma||Procedure: electroacupuncture therapy Procedure: sham intervention Procedure: quality-of-life assessment||Not Applicable|
- Determine the efficacy of electroacupuncture, in terms of reducing acute and delayed chemotherapy-induced nausea, in patients with newly diagnosed pediatric sarcoma, neuroblastoma, nasopharyngeal carcinoma, or germ cell tumors.
- Determine the efficacy of this therapy, in terms of reducing delayed chemotherapy-induced emesis, in these patients.
- Determine the efficacy of this therapy, in terms of altering salivary cortisol levels and fasting serum glucose and insulin levels as stress parameters, in these patients.
- Determine the efficacy of this therapy, in terms of improving the quality of life, in these patients.
- Determine the efficacy of this therapy, in terms of reducing acute nausea and emesis, in these patients.
OUTLINE: This is a multicenter, randomized, double-blind study. Patients are stratified according to planned treatment with cisplatin-based chemotherapy (yes vs no) and gender. Patients are randomized to 1 of 2 arms.
- Arm I: Patients undergo electroacupuncture to specific acupuncture points on the arms and legs over 25 minutes twice daily on days 1 and 2 and then once daily on days 3-7 during week 1 of chemotherapy course 1 (9 acupuncture treatments total).
- Arm II: Patients undergo electroacupuncture to sham points on the arms and legs as in arm I.
Quality of life is assessed at baseline, on days 1 and 8 of each treatment course, and then after completion of the study.
PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A total of 65 patients (approximately 32 per arm) will be accrued for this study within 2.5-3 years.
|Study Type :||Interventional (Clinical Trial)|
|Actual Enrollment :||17 participants|
|Intervention Model:||Parallel Assignment|
|Masking:||Double (Participant, Care Provider)|
|Primary Purpose:||Supportive Care|
|Official Title:||A Randomized Study Of Electroacupuncture Treatment For Delayed Chemotherapy-Induced Nausea And Vomiting In Patients With Pediatric Solid Tumors|
|Study Start Date :||April 2005|
|Actual Primary Completion Date :||October 2009|
|Actual Study Completion Date :||January 2011|
Experimental: Arm I (alternative medicine procedure)
Patients undergo electroacupuncture therapy to specific acupuncture points on the arms and legs over 25 minutes twice daily on days 1 and 2 and then once daily on days 3-7 during week 1 of chemotherapy course 1 (9 acupuncture treatments total).
Procedure: electroacupuncture therapy
Procedure: quality-of-life assessment
Sham Comparator: Arm II (alternative medicine procedure)
Patients undergo electroacupuncture therapy to sham points on the arms and legs as in arm I.
Procedure: sham intervention
Undergo electroacupuncture therapy to sham pointsProcedure: quality-of-life assessment
- Delayed nausea by Marrow Assessment of Nausea and Emesis at 1, 3, and 6 weeks after study completion [ Time Frame: 7 days ]A two-sample t-test will be used. In the event the data are not normally distributed in one or both arms, a Wilcoxon rank sum test will be used.
- Quality of life by QLQ C-30 at 1, 3, and 6 weeks after study completion [ Time Frame: Day 8 ]
- Pain by Brief Pain Inventory at 1, 3, and 6 weeks after study completion [ Time Frame: Day 1 ]It is anticipated that Cochran-Armitage trend tests will be used to compare the results between randomized groups.
To learn more about this study, you or your doctor may contact the study research staff using the contact information provided by the sponsor.
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT00040911
|United States, Maryland|
|Warren Grant Magnuson Clinical Center - NCI Clinical Trials Referral Office|
|Bethesda, Maryland, United States, 20892-1182|
|Study Chair:||Kara Kelly, MD||Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center|