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Study on the Influence of Sunitinib and Sorafenib on Fatigue, QoL, Depression in Patients With Metastatic RCC or GIST

This study is ongoing, but not recruiting participants.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Radboud University Identifier:
First received: September 17, 2009
Last updated: December 2, 2016
Last verified: November 2016
The purpose of this study is to assess the influence of Sunitinib and Sorafenib on fatigue, quality of life and depression in patients with metastatic renal cell or colorectal cancer or GIST. In order to get more insight in the mechanism of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) related fatigue and if possible to come to a resolution for this side effect.

Condition Intervention
Renal Cell Cancer Colorectal Cancer GIST Other: Questionnaires

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Case-Only
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: Study on the Influence of Sunitinib and Sorafenib on Fatigue, Quality of Life and Depression in Patients With Metastatic Renal Cell Cancer or GIST

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Further study details as provided by Radboud University:

Enrollment: 100
Study Start Date: May 2008
Estimated Study Completion Date: June 2017
Primary Completion Date: December 2011 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Groups/Cohorts Assigned Interventions
mRCC or GIST treated with sunitinib/sorafenib Other: Questionnaires
During the study three questionnaires must repeatedly be completed in by the patients: the BDI (PC) a depression scale, the EORTC-QLQ a quality of life assessment and the CIS20r, a fatigue scale and patients must fill in their medication on a list.

Detailed Description:

When cure is not longer possible, cancer patients enter the palliative phase. For many types of cancer several treatment options are available. The goal of this treatment is to prolong survival, but maintenance or even improvement of quality of life is of equal importance. The currently available systemic treatment options consist of conventional cytotoxic therapy, hormonal therapy, immunotherapy and the so-called targeted therapies. Combinations of these therapies are also being used. Targeted therapy concerns the application of a new class of drugs that are specifically directed against one or more well-defined molecular targets that are relevant for carcinogenesis, cell cycle regulation, tumour progression, metastasis, tumour angiogenesis and/or apoptosis. Today, the most successful drugs in this class are directed against the vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) and the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR). There is an explosive development ongoing in this field and many new drugs become available that have new targets or inhibit a combinations of targets. Meanwhile, targeted therapy has shown efficacy in many types of cancer and is registered for several indications.

The toxicity profile of targeted therapies is still largely unknown, and the aetiology of many known side effects has not been clarified. This implies that the effective treatment of side effects is in an early phase of development. Given the impact of side effects on the quality of life of a patient, increased knowledge on this topic is urgently required. Currently only a few systematic studies are available that address this issue. At the moment, three targeted therapies that are directed against VEGF are registered and used in the Netherlands: Sunitinib (Sutent®) and Sorafenib (Nexavar ®) both oral drugs and Bevacizumab (Avastin®), an intravenously drug.

In this study we will focus on fatigue, quality of life and depression in patients with metastatic cancer, treated with Sunitinib and Sorafenib. Fatigue is one of the most frequent side effects of targeted therapy that are directed against VEGF and that can have a huge influence on the quality of life. The incidence of fatigue in patients using Sunitinib in phase I studies was 70% and the fatigue was often dose limiting. (1-4) In phase II-III studies the incidence was 27% - 51%. 5,6 In a phase III randomized, double-blind placebo-controlled trial of Sorafenib the incidence of fatigue in the Sorafenib group was 37% and in the placebo group 28%. (7) It is possible that fatigue is a symptom of depression or anxiety, alternatively, prolonged fatigue in itself can lead to depression or anxiety.8 There has been found a significant and positive correlation between anxiety and depressive symptoms and fatigue after treatment for cancer.


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 with metastatic renal cell cancer or GIST who will be treated with Sunitinib or Sorafenib

Inclusion Criteria:

  • patients with metastatic renal cell or GIST for whom treatment with Sunitinib or Sorafenib is planned
  • Karnofsky score > 70%
  • age > 18 year
  • written informed consent for questionnaires

Exclusion Criteria:

  • contra-indications for treatment with Sunitinib or Sorafenib
  • patients who do not speak or write the Dutch language adequately
  • previous systemic treatment within the last 7 days before start with the study, with Sunitinib, Sorafenib or Bevacizumab
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00979329

University Medical Center Nijmegen st Radboud
Nijmegen, Netherlands, 6525 GH
Sponsors and Collaborators
Radboud University
Principal Investigator: C.M.L. van Herpen, MD, Phd UMCN st Radboud
  More Information

Responsible Party: Radboud University Identifier: NCT00979329     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: UMCNONCO20082
Study First Received: September 17, 2009
Last Updated: December 2, 2016

Keywords provided by Radboud University:
quality of life
metastatic RCC
colorectal cancer

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Colorectal Neoplasms
Carcinoma, Renal Cell
Behavioral Symptoms
Intestinal Neoplasms
Gastrointestinal Neoplasms
Digestive System Neoplasms
Neoplasms by Site
Digestive System Diseases
Gastrointestinal Diseases
Colonic Diseases
Intestinal Diseases
Rectal Diseases
Signs and Symptoms
Neoplasms, Glandular and Epithelial
Neoplasms by Histologic Type
Kidney Neoplasms
Urologic Neoplasms
Urogenital Neoplasms
Kidney Diseases
Urologic Diseases
Antineoplastic Agents
Protein Kinase Inhibitors
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