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Survey on the Treatment of Anemia Using Recombinant Human Erythropoietin 2 (STAR-2)

This study has been completed.
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
First Posted: November 14, 2006
Last Update Posted: November 6, 2012
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Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Janssen-Cilag B.V.
The main purpose of this study is to evaluate the safety and efficacy (% response) of epoetin alfa in the treatment of anemia in adults receiving chemotherapy for cancer.

Condition Intervention Phase
Anemia Neoplasms Drug: Epoetin alfa Phase 4

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: Survey on the Treatment of Anemia Using Recombinant Human Erythropoietin 2

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Further study details as provided by Janssen-Cilag B.V.:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • The assessment of effectiveness based on: epoetin alfa treatment schedule (dose and timing), hemoglobin effect, response to treatment (independent of blood transfusion), mean time to response, # of blood transfusions given, and iron supplementation [ Time Frame: 4 weeks, 8 weeks and end of treatment ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Incidence of adverse events [ Time Frame: from start epoetin treatment to end of study ]

Enrollment: 1927
Study Start Date: October 2005
Study Completion Date: November 2009
Primary Completion Date: November 2009 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Groups/Cohorts Assigned Interventions
Epoetin alfa
Epoetin alfa 40 000 IU once weekly variable treatment length
Drug: Epoetin alfa
40,000 IU once weekly, variable treatment length

Detailed Description:
Anemia has been identified as a common complication and a widespread problem in the cancer population. Anemia is a condition in which a patient has below normal levels of hemoglobin, the substance in red blood cells that carries oxygen to all parts of the body. People with severe anemia may experience fatigue and shortness of breath with activity. Therefore, this condition can have a negative influence on a person's quality of life. Epoetin alfa, used to treat anemia in cancer patients, is a genetically engineered protein that stimulates red blood cell production. This study investigates treatment of anemia using epoetin alfa during chemotherapy in adult patients with cancer. The study is intended to collect information on normal medical practice and routine anemia management performed at the participating centers. This is an observational, non-randomized, prospective, comparative, parallel-group survey performed in The Netherlands. Patients with various severities of disease may enter the survey as soon as their epoetin alfa treatment starts and will be followed until the end of their epoetin alfa treatment. Patient data are collected in Case Report Forms (CRFs) until 4 weeks after the end of treatment with epoetin alfa. At the end of treatment completed CRFs will be collected. The assessment of effectiveness/response will be based on the following: cancer type and status, chemotherapy and other anti-cancer treatment, hemoglobin levels, use of blood transfusions, and serum iron levels and iron supplementation. Safety evaluations include the incidence of serious and non-serious adverse events. Because the study is observational, dosage, administration and duration of treatment is at discretion of treating physician.

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population
Cancer patients receiving epoetin alfa as anemia treatment during chemotherapy, as part of the common practice of participating physicians. Patients may enter the study as soon as their epoetin alfa treatment starts.

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Patients with a diagnosis of solid tumors, multiple myeloma (Kahlers' disease), non-Hodgkin lymphoma or Hodgkins' disease
  • Patients must already be receiving chemotherapy or start their first cycle within a week of enrollment
  • Patients must receive epoetin alfa treatment (expected treatment duration is at least 4 weeks)

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Patients who cannot read the Dutch language and/or do not understand the Dutch Informed Consent Form and patients participating in either of our observational studies, EVALUATE or COMPARE
  Contacts and Locations
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT00398749

Sponsors and Collaborators
Janssen-Cilag B.V.
Study Director: Janssen-Cilag B.V. Clinical Trial Janssen-Cilag B.V.
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Additional Information:
Responsible Party: Janssen-Cilag B.V.
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00398749     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: CR005596
First Submitted: November 10, 2006
First Posted: November 14, 2006
Last Update Posted: November 6, 2012
Last Verified: November 2012

Keywords provided by Janssen-Cilag B.V.:
Antineoplastic agents
Epoetin alfa

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Hematologic Diseases
Epoetin Alfa