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Effect of Palifermin on Skin Tumors in Patients Undergoing Bone Marrow Transplantation (Palifermin)

This study has been terminated.
(We did not see any effect of Palifermin on benign or malignant tumor growth)
Information provided by:
McGill University Health Center Identifier:
First received: January 28, 2008
Last updated: NA
Last verified: January 2008
History: No changes posted

We are approaching you to participate in this study because you are taking Palifermin and the purpose of this study is to describe the effect of Palifermin on skin growth found on the body. Palifermin is a new synthetic growth factor (encourages skin cells to grow) specifically designed to protect the areas of the body (mouth and upper digestive tract) that are damaged by chemotherapy. The cells in these areas are rapidly dividing cells and so are killed by chemotherapeutic drugs. Palifermin is a drug that stimulates new cells in these areas to grow and therefore protects patients from some serious side effects of chemotherapy. These include mucositis or inflammation of the lining of the mouth and other organs resulting in difficulty swallowing, speaking and extreme pain in the mouth and upper digestive tract.

Skin cells are also known to respond to these types of growth factors like Palifermin, but unfortunately no studies have been done that look specifically at the effect of this drug on pre-existing skin lesions or the development of new skin lesions. We will be asking you if you have noticed any change in moles or other skin lesions that you have, and if you have noticed any new lesions. We will also be doing a full physical examination of the skin at regular intervals during the study to document the appearance of any new lesions or change in pre-existing ones.

Condition Intervention
Skin Rash
Other: Palifermin

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: Effect of Palifermin Therapy on Benign and Malignant Skin Tumors in Patients Undergoing High-Dose Chemotherapy With Autologous Stem Cell Transplantation

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Further study details as provided by McGill University Health Center:

Enrollment: 7
Study Start Date: July 2007
Study Completion Date: January 2008
Primary Completion Date: January 2008 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Groups/Cohorts Assigned Interventions
Patients receiving palifermin to prevent mucositis from bone marrow transplant.
Other: Palifermin
day -14, -13, -12 before transplant and then day 0,1,2 after transplant
Other Name: keratinocyte growth factor


Ages Eligible for Study:   Child, Adult, Senior
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population
patients receiving palifermin for bone marrow transplantation.

Inclusion Criteria: receiving bone marrow transplant -

Exclusion Criteria: not receiving other growth factors

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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00610818

Canada, Quebec
McGill University
Montreal, Quebec, Canada, h3a 1a1
Sponsors and Collaborators
McGill University Health Center
Principal Investigator: beatrice wang, MD McGill University
  More Information

Responsible Party: Dr. Beatrice Wang Identifier: NCT00610818     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: BMB-6-24
Study First Received: January 28, 2008
Last Updated: January 28, 2008 processed this record on April 26, 2017