Symptom-Related Cytokines in Acute Myeloblastic Leukemia and Myelodysplastic Syndrome Patients

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Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : July 20, 2007
Last Update Posted : August 1, 2012
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
M.D. Anderson Cancer Center

Brief Summary:

Primary Objective:

1. To assess the self-reported symptoms and the plasma cytokine levels of AML/MDS patients pretransplantation and posttransplantation with allogeneic blood and marrow in order to identify changes in symptoms (or symptom clusters) and changes in cytokines that may be related to the conditioning regimen and/or to the development of GVHD during the 100 days posttransplant.

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Condition or disease Intervention/treatment
Myelodysplastic Syndrome Acute Myeloblastic Leukemia Leukemia Behavioral: Questionnaire

Detailed Description:

One of the ways to learn about the symptoms of blood and/or bone marrow transplantation is by looking at how certain proteins called cytokines (found in the blood) change during treatment.

Before the transplantation, you will be asked to complete several questionnaires during a visit to the bone marrow clinic at M. D. Anderson. These questionnaires measure physical and emotional symptoms. The questionnaires should take about 30 minutes to complete. During this visit, the research nurse will teach you how to use the telephone system for measuring symptoms. You will tell the system the most convenient times for the telephone calls. This first assessment (questionnaires and learning the telephone system) should take about 90 minutes.

On the day you are admitted, or up to 10 days before your admission for your transplant, you will have a sample of blood drawn (around 2½ tablespoons) . The sample of blood will be used to measure levels of cytokines in your blood before the transplant procedure. You will also have blood drawn about three days postadmission, on the day of transplant, 1 day after transplant, 3 days, 8 days, 15 days, 22 days, and 29 days posttransplant. One blood sample will be taken between 50 - 60 days posttransplant and one sample between 80 - 100 days after transplant. If you develop Graft Versus Host Disease (GVHD), cytokine samples will be assessed within 24 hours of GVHD diagnosis, then 3 days, 5 days, 10 days and 15 days after GVHD diagnosis. Around 2½ tablespoons of blood will be collected each time. These samples of blood will be used to measure the levels of cytokines in your blood after the transplant procedure. These cytokines may be related to symptoms experienced after the transplant procedure.

The research nurse will come to your room and collect information about your symptoms 2 times a week while you are in the hospital or until you are able to use the IVR system. Once you return to your home, the automated telephone system will call you once a week to ask you to rate your symptoms and how much the symptoms interfere in your daily life. It should take around 5 minutes to complete each automated phone symptom assessment.

The information collected by these calls is only being used for this research study. At the beginning of each IVR telephone call, you will be reminded to report any symptom/s you are concerned about to your treating physician.

This is an investigational study. Up to 40 participants will take part in this study. All will be enrolled at M. D. Anderson.

Study Type : Observational
Actual Enrollment : 30 participants
Observational Model: Case-Only
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: Feasibility Study of the Assessment of Symptom-Related Cytokines in AML/MDS Patients Undergoing Allogeneic Blood or Marrow Transplantation
Study Start Date : May 2004
Actual Primary Completion Date : September 2008
Actual Study Completion Date : September 2008

Group/Cohort Intervention/treatment
Symptom Assessment
Drawing blood samples and matching the test results with questionnaire responses for symptoms patients experience from transplant treatment.
Behavioral: Questionnaire
Questionnaires (30 minutes each) + instruction on telephone survey system for measuring symptoms. Questionnaires 2 times a week while in the hospital or until able to use the telephone survey system.

Biospecimen Retention:   Samples With DNA
At admission, blood sample drawn (around 2½ tablespoons) to measure levels of cytokines before transplant procedure, then another three days postadmission, on day of transplant, 1 day after transplant, 3 days, 8 days, 15 days, 22 days, 29 days postransplant, then between 50 - 60 days postransplant and again 80 - 100 days after transplant.

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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
Patients, over 18 years, scheduled for allogeneic translantation (bone marrow or peripheral blook stem cell) at UT MD Anderson Cancer Center.

Inclusion Criteria:

  1. Patients scheduled for allogeneic transplantation (bone marrow or peripheral blood stem cell) at MDACC.
  2. Adults > = 18 years old.
  3. Patients with a diagnosis of AML or MDS
  4. Patients who are English-speaking
  5. Patients who live in the United States
  6. Patients with adequate vision and hearing to use the interactive voice response (IVR) telephone system
  7. Patients who provide written informed consent/authorization

Exclusion Criteria:

  1. Patients with a current diagnosis of psychosis or dementia
  2. Patients who are unable to complete the assessment measures or refuse to participate

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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 identifier (NCT number): NCT00504920

United States, Texas
U.T.M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
Houston, Texas, United States, 77030
Sponsors and Collaborators
M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
Principal Investigator: Xin Shelley Wang, MD M.D. Anderson Cancer Center

Additional Information:
Responsible Party: M.D. Anderson Cancer Center Identifier: NCT00504920     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 2003-0495
First Posted: July 20, 2007    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: August 1, 2012
Last Verified: July 2012

Keywords provided by M.D. Anderson Cancer Center:
Myelodysplastic Syndrome
Acute Myeloblastic Leukemia
Symptom-Related Cytokines
Blood or Marrow Transplantation

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Myelodysplastic Syndromes
Leukemia, Myeloid
Leukemia, Myeloid, Acute
Pathologic Processes
Neoplasms by Histologic Type
Bone Marrow Diseases
Hematologic Diseases
Precancerous Conditions