Cholecalciferol in Treating Patients With Myelodysplastic Syndrome

This study has been completed.
Information provided by:
Comprehensive Cancer Center of Wake Forest University Identifier:
First received: September 10, 2003
Last updated: June 4, 2013
Last verified: June 2013

RATIONALE: Cholecalciferol (vitamin D) may improve quality of life by increasing blood counts, decreasing fatigue, and improving other symptoms of myelodysplastic syndrome.

PURPOSE: This phase II trial is studying how well cholecalciferol works in treating patients with myelodysplastic syndrome.

Condition Intervention Phase
Myelodysplastic Syndromes
Myelodysplastic/Myeloproliferative Neoplasms
Dietary Supplement: cholecalciferol
Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Orthomolecular Vitamin D3 in Low-Risk Myelodysplastic Syndrome: An Open-Label Clinical Trial

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Further study details as provided by Comprehensive Cancer Center of Wake Forest University:

Study Start Date: July 2003
Study Completion Date: September 2006
Primary Completion Date: June 2005 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Detailed Description:


  • Determine the efficacy of cholecalciferol, in terms of hematological improvement, in patients with low- or intermediate-risk myelodysplastic syndromes.
  • Determine the effect of this drug on disease symptoms, fatigue, and the overall health-related quality of life of these patients.

OUTLINE: This is an open-label, pilot study.

Patients receive oral cholecalciferol once daily. Treatment continues for 6 months in the absence of disease progression or unacceptable toxicity.

PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A total of 36 patients will be accrued for this study.


Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No


  • Histologically confirmed myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS)

    • Must have undergone bone marrow aspirate and biopsy with karyotype within the past 3 months
  • International Prognostic Scoring System score of 0 or 1



  • Any age

Performance status

  • Any

Life expectancy

  • More than 1 year


  • Not specified


  • Not specified


  • No history of hypercalcemia


Biologic therapy

  • Prior stem cell transplantation allowed
  • No concurrent hematopoietic growth factors


  • Not specified

Endocrine therapy

  • Not specified


  • Not specified


  • Not specified


  • More than 6 weeks since prior cholecalciferol supplements or analogs
  • More than 4 weeks since any prior therapy for MDS (except supportive care)
  • No other concurrent therapy for MDS
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00068276

United States, North Carolina
Comprehensive Cancer Center at Wake Forest University
Winston-Salem, North Carolina, United States, 27157-1082
Sponsors and Collaborators
Comprehensive Cancer Center of Wake Forest University
Study Chair: Istvan Molnar, MD Comprehensive Cancer Center of Wake Forest University
Investigator: Bayard L. Powell, MD Comprehensive Cancer Center of Wake Forest University
  More Information

Additional Information:
No publications provided Identifier: NCT00068276     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: CCCWFU-29203, CDR0000318802, CCCWFU-BG03-117
Study First Received: September 10, 2003
Last Updated: June 4, 2013
Health Authority: United States: Federal Government

Keywords provided by Comprehensive Cancer Center of Wake Forest University:
previously treated myelodysplastic syndromes
de novo myelodysplastic syndromes
secondary myelodysplastic syndromes
atypical chronic myeloid leukemia, BCR-ABL1 negative
myelodysplastic/myeloproliferative neoplasm, unclassifiable
childhood myelodysplastic syndromes

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Myelodysplastic Syndromes
Myelodysplastic-Myeloproliferative Diseases
Myeloproliferative Disorders
Bone Marrow Diseases
Hematologic Diseases
Precancerous Conditions
Bone Density Conservation Agents
Growth Substances
Pharmacologic Actions
Physiological Effects of Drugs
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