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Haelan and Nutrition in Cancer Patients

This study has been terminated.
(Study terminated due to low recruitment.)
Haelan Products, Inc.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
M.D. Anderson Cancer Center Identifier:
First received: November 13, 2007
Last updated: April 6, 2016
Last verified: September 2011


  • To determine if treatment with Haelan (fermented soy product) can decrease the severity of poor appetite measured using a visual analog scale (VAS) of 0 to 100 mm (0 mm = best, 100 mm = worst) at week 4 +/- 5 days.
  • To determine if treatment with Haelan can decrease the severity of nausea, fatigue, and improve patients' overall sense of well being measured using a VAS of 0 to 100 mm (0 mm = best, 100 mm = worst) at week 4 +/- 5 days.
  • To determine if treatment with Haelan can increase patient's calorie intake, albumin, pre-albumin, anthropometric measure, lean body mass (measured by bio-impedence analysis), and weight at week 4+/- 5 days.
  • To determine if treatment with Haelan can decrease patient's Functional assessment of anorexia/cachexia therapy subscales or (FAACT) and the Functional Assessment of Chronic Illness Therapy with fatigue subscales (FACIT-F) at week 4+/- 5 days.
  • To assess the feasibility of accrual, and adherence to the Haelan consumption.


  • Determine the plasma isoflavone activity, 12-MTA and 13-MTA of these patients.
  • Correlate the biologic modulation of peripheral blood lymphocyte NF-kB by Haelan with primary outcome in these patients.
  • To determine if treatment with Haelan can increase patient's functional status at week 4+/- 5 days.

Condition Intervention Phase
Weight Loss
Drug: Haelan
Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Phase II Study Examining the Role of Fermented Soy Beverage for Improving Cancer-Associated Anorexia and Cachexia

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Further study details as provided by M.D. Anderson Cancer Center:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Change in Severity of Poor Appetite Following Treatment With Haelan (Fermented Soy Product) [ Time Frame: Baseline and Week 4 +/- 5 days ]
    Change in severity of poor appetite measured using a visual analog scale (VAS) of 0 to 100 mm (0 mm = best, 100 mm = worst) at week 4 +/- 5 days.

Enrollment: 6
Study Start Date: October 2007
Study Completion Date: August 2009
Primary Completion Date: August 2009 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Fermented Soy Supplement
4 oz Haelan orally twice daily for 8 weeks
Drug: Haelan
4 oz orally twice daily for 8 Weeks
Other Name: Fermented Soy Supplement

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Ages Eligible for Study:   Child, Adult, Senior
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  1. Anorexia (defined as > 30mm on a visual analog scale [VAS] of 0 to 100mm)
  2. Weight loss (defined as weight loss > 5% within last 6 months)
  3. Normal cognition (per treating physician's opinion)
  4. Written informed consent
  5. Advanced solid tumor (defined as locally recurrent or metastatic disease)
  6. Patient must have perceived weight loss as a problem.
  7. Able to maintain oral food intake within one week prior to enrollment in this study.

Exclusion Criteria:

  1. Evidence of ascites (per treating physician's opinion).
  2. Receiving supplementary tube feedings or parenteral nutrition
  3. Known mechanical obstruction of the alimentary tract, or intractable vomiting
  4. Add or change dose of the following medication within 2 weeks prior to this trial or during this trial: megestrol, corticosteroid, mirtazapine, metoclopramide and dronabinol, with the exception of pre-medication for chemotherapy (10-20 mg Decadron intavenous (IV) once and/or Reglan 10 mg IV x1 prior to chemotherapy).
  5. Allergic to soy.
  6. Positive pregnancy test for female patients of child-bearing potential. (Definition of child-bearing potential: not post-menopausal for past 12 months or nor surgically sterile)
  7. Female patients with child bearing potential, but refuse to practice accepted methods of contraception (acceptable forms of contraception include: continuous abstinence, Depo-Provera shot, tubal ligation, NuvaRing vaginal ring, Ortho Evra skin patch, oral contraceptive, IUD-Mirena, vasectomy, male condom, diaphragm).
  8. Weight less than 80 lb.
  9. Patient who could not tolerate oral intake of 2 Oz. of Haelan during the taste test.
  10. Diagnosed of breast cancer.
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00558558

United States, Texas
U.T.M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
Houston, Texas, United States, 77030
Sponsors and Collaborators
M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
Haelan Products, Inc.
Principal Investigator: Ying Guo, MD M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
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Additional Information:
Responsible Party: M.D. Anderson Cancer Center Identifier: NCT00558558     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 2005-0370
Study First Received: November 13, 2007
Results First Received: September 2, 2011
Last Updated: April 6, 2016

Keywords provided by M.D. Anderson Cancer Center:
Solid Tumors
Cancer-Associated Anorexia
Weight Loss
Fermented Soy Product

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Weight Loss
Body Weight Changes
Body Weight
Signs and Symptoms
Signs and Symptoms, Digestive
Anti-Inflammatory Agents
Hormones, Hormone Substitutes, and Hormone Antagonists
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