Investigating Molecular-Genetic Correlates of Fatigue Experienced by Cancer Patients Receiving Treatment
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|ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01231932|
Recruitment Status : Recruiting
First Posted : November 1, 2010
Last Update Posted : September 11, 2018
- Fatigue, a common side effect of cancer and its treatment, is found in up to 96% of cancer patients. Fatigue is difficult to treat because its cause is poorly understood. Research has indicated that cancer-related fatigue may be caused by a number of factors, including immune system responses to cancer treatment. Researchers are interested in studying individuals who are receiving cancer treatment in order to better understand the causes of fatigue.
- To study fatigue in individuals who are receiving cancer treatment.
- Individuals at least 18 years of age who have localized cancer that has not spread and are scheduled to start cancer treatment at the National Institutes of Health.
- This study involves an initial screening visit and a minimum of three outpatient visits.
- Participants will be screened with a medical history, and blood tests.
- Participants who are scheduled to have cycles of cancer treatment will be seen once before the start of each cycle, once at the midpoint of each cycle, and once at the end of each cycle. Participants whose treatment does not follow a cycle will be seen before the start of treatment; 2 weeks after starting treatment; and 1 month, 3 months, 6 months, and 1 year after starting treatment, for a total of six outpatient visits.
- At each study visit, participants will complete the following tasks:
- Questionnaires about physical activity, fatigue, depression, and quality of life.
- Computerized cognitive tests of memory, attention, and ability to follow directions. The tests are timed to determine whether these brain functions are affected by cancer treatment and whether they occur with fatigue symptoms.
- Blood samples to monitor immune system and other responses to treatment.
- Hand grip strength test to evaluate physical strength.
- Physical activity monitor and journals to study how fatigue affects physical activity.
- Participants who need additional cycles of cancer treatment will continue to have visits until the end of the third cycle, for a maximum of nine outpatient visits.
- Treatment will not be provided under this study.
|Condition or disease|
Although the underlying mechanisms of fatigue have been studied in several disease conditions, the etiology, mechanisms, and risk factors remain elusive, and this symptom remains poorly managed at present. Longitudinal studies related to treatment-related fatigue in cancer patients have been conducted, but there are limited data showing changes in molecular mechanisms before and after cancer therapy which can identify individuals who are at risk to experience fatigue during and after therapy. Fatigue is conceptualized as a multidimensional symptom which incorporates temporal, sensory, cognitive/mental, affective/emotional, behavioral, and physiological dimensions. This prospective, observational study will explore the molecular-genetic mechanisms underlying fatigue experienced by cancer patients receiving various therapies (e.g. immune therapy, hormone therapy, and chemotherapy).
The primary objective of the study is to describe the changes in the self-reported fatigue, depression, and health-related quality of life (HRQOL) experienced by cancer patients before, during, and after cancer therapy. The secondary objectives of this study are to investigate the pro-inflammatory cytokine profile (TNFalpha, IGF-I, IL-6, IL-8, TGFalpha and beta), determine changes in gene expression from peripheral blood and tissue samples before, during, and after cancer treatment and to relate changes in the levels of these biological markers to self-reported fatigue, depression, and HRQOL scores. This study also aims to measure the skeletal muscle strength, cognitive function, activity levels and energy expenditure of patients before, during, and at completion of cancer treatment and relate these findings with self-reported fatigue, depression, and HRQOL scores.
|Study Type :||Observational|
|Estimated Enrollment :||206 participants|
|Official Title:||Investigating Molecular-Genetic Correlates of Fatigue Experienced by Cancer Patients Receiving Treatment|
|Study Start Date :||October 29, 2010|
- The primary outcomes of this study are self-reported fatigue, depression, and quality of life scores of patients before, at midpoint, and at completion of each cycle of their cancer treatment. [ Time Frame: Before and after completion of cancer therapy either in cyclic or non-cyclic regimens ]
- White blood cell gene expression [ Time Frame: Before and after completion of cancer therapy either in cyclic or non-cyclic regimens ]
- Fatigue, cognitive function, and HRQOL scores [ Time Frame: Before and after completion of cancer therapy either in cyclic or non-cyclic regimens ]
- Physical activity levels [ Time Frame: Before and after completion of cancer therapy either in cyclic or non-cyclic regimens ]
- Skeletal muscle strength [ Time Frame: Before and after completion of cancer therapy either in cyclic or non-cyclic regimens ]
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT01231932
|Contact: Leorey N Saligan, C.R.N.P.||(301) email@example.com|
|United States, Maryland|
|National Institutes of Health Clinical Center, 9000 Rockville Pike||Recruiting|
|Bethesda, Maryland, United States, 20892|
|Contact: For more information at the NIH Clinical Center contact Office of Patient Recruitment (OPR) 800-411-1222 ext TTY8664111010 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Principal Investigator:||Leorey N Saligan, C.R.N.P.||National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR)|