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Efficacy Study of Tempol to Prevent Hair Loss From Radiotherapy to the Brain

The recruitment status of this study is unknown. The completion date has passed and the status has not been verified in more than two years.
Verified December 2008 by Mitos Pharmaceuticals.
Recruitment status was:  Recruiting
Information provided by:
Mitos Pharmaceuticals Identifier:
First received: December 1, 2008
Last updated: December 2, 2008
Last verified: December 2008
Hair loss occurs commonly as a result of radiotherapy administered to the brain, and this can contribute to the distress and social isolation of patients with advanced cancer. In this study a topical gel will be applied directly to the scalp during each dose of radiotherapy. The goal is to determine to what extent the experimental drug is successful in lessening the hair loss.

Condition Intervention Phase
Drug: 7% (w/v) Tempol alcohol-based gel (MTS-01)
Drug: alcohol-based gel
Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double Blind (Participant, Care Provider, Investigator, Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Prevention
Official Title: Phase II Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Study of the Safety and Preliminary Effectiveness of MTS-01 for the Prevention of Alopecia Induced by Whole Brain Radiotherapy

Further study details as provided by Mitos Pharmaceuticals:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Effectiveness will be based on a comparison of hair retention scores between MTS-01 and placebo. [ Time Frame: Assessments occur weekly during treatment and follow-up assessments occur for 12 weeks following treatment. ]

Estimated Enrollment: 16
Study Start Date: November 2008
Estimated Study Completion Date: June 2010
Estimated Primary Completion Date: December 2009 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: 1
MTS-01 (7% Tempol gel)
Drug: 7% (w/v) Tempol alcohol-based gel (MTS-01)
200mL gel applied daily prior to radiation dose and removed immediately thereafter.
Placebo Comparator: 2
Drug: alcohol-based gel
200mL gel applied daily prior to radiation dose and removed immediately thereafter


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Metastatic cancer to the brain for which palliative whole brain radiotherapy is recommended.
  • Hair that covers the scalp and is at least 1/4 inch in length

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Receiving chemotherapy known to cause alopecia within 60 days of study or during the study.
  • Pre-existing alopecia
  • Previous brain radiotherapy
  • scalp metastases or scalp wounds
  • use of hair dyes
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00801086

United States, Arizona
University of Arizona Recruiting
Tucson, Arizona, United States, 85724
Contact: Jamie Holt    520-694-6000 ext 2970      
Principal Investigator: Baldassarre Stea, MD,PhD         
United States, Pennsylvania
University of Pennsylvania Recruiting
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, 19104
Contact: Deborah Smith, RN    215-662-6694      
Principal Investigator: Jim Metz, MD         
Sponsors and Collaborators
Mitos Pharmaceuticals
Study Chair: James Metz, MD University of Pennsylvania
  More Information

Responsible Party: Louis Habash/ President and CEO, Mitos Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Identifier: NCT00801086     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: MITO 02-03
Study First Received: December 1, 2008
Last Updated: December 2, 2008

Keywords provided by Mitos Pharmaceuticals:
Hair loss
Whole brain radiotherapy
Radiation-induced alopecia

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Alopecia Areata
Hair Diseases
Skin Diseases
Pathological Conditions, Anatomical
Anti-Infective Agents, Local
Anti-Infective Agents
Central Nervous System Depressants
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Protective Agents
Protein Synthesis Inhibitors
Enzyme Inhibitors
Radiation-Protective Agents
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