Effect of an Antioxidant on Cancer-Cachectic Patients Undergoing Exercise Training

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Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : September 20, 2005
Last Update Posted : June 20, 2008
Heidelberg University
Information provided by:
German Cancer Research Center

Brief Summary:
The purpose of the study is to tests the hypothesis, that N-acetylcysteine (a thiol-antioxidant)improves the exercise training effect on cancer patients that experience weight loss (cachexia) as assessed by muscle mass and function as well as histomorphology.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Gastrointestinal Neoplasms Bronchial Carcinoma Hodgkin Disease Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma Weight Loss Drug: N-acetylcysteine Phase 2

Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Enrollment : 60 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Effect of N-Acetylcysteine on Skeletal Muscle in Cachectic Cancer Patients Undergoing a Resistance Training Program (Phase 2 Study)
Study Start Date : December 2003
Actual Study Completion Date : December 2006

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MedlinePlus related topics: Antioxidants
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Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. muscle cross-sectional area, peak forces

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. muscle fiber composition (biopsy vastus lateralis muscle mRNA levels of cytokines, myostatin. Activity of Akt-dependent pathways
  2. muscle 31Phospho-magnetic-resonance spectroscopy

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Ages Eligible for Study:   20 Years to 80 Years   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • gastrointestinal or bronchial cancer
  • weight loss of 10% within 6 months
  • sufficient mobility

Exclusion Criteria:

  • severe pain, steroid therapy, severe internal, muscular, neurological, psychiatric disease, N-acetylcysteine allergy

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00196885

German Cancer Research Center, D020
Heidelberg, Baden-Württemberg, Germany, 69120
Sponsors and Collaborators
German Cancer Research Center
Heidelberg University
Study Director: Wulf Hildebrandt, MD German Cancer Research Center

Publications: Identifier: NCT00196885     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: whilde157/2003
First Posted: September 20, 2005    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: June 20, 2008
Last Verified: June 2008

Keywords provided by German Cancer Research Center:
cancer cachexia
muscle wasting
weight loss

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Lymphoma, Non-Hodgkin
Weight Loss
Hodgkin Disease
Gastrointestinal Neoplasms
Digestive System Neoplasms
Carcinoma, Bronchogenic
Neoplasms by Histologic Type
Lymphoproliferative Disorders
Lymphatic Diseases
Immunoproliferative Disorders
Immune System Diseases
Body Weight Changes
Body Weight
Signs and Symptoms
Neoplasms by Site
Digestive System Diseases
Gastrointestinal Diseases
Bronchial Neoplasms
Lung Neoplasms
Respiratory Tract Neoplasms
Thoracic Neoplasms
Lung Diseases
Respiratory Tract Diseases
Antiviral Agents
Anti-Infective Agents