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The Effect of Dexmedetomidine of the Immune System

This study has been completed.
Hospira, now a wholly owned subsidiary of Pfizer
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
M.D. Anderson Cancer Center Identifier:
First received: September 19, 2012
Last updated: January 5, 2016
Last verified: January 2016
The goal of this research study is to learn about how dexmedetomidine (a standard of care sedative) affects your immune system (your defenses against cancer) by measuring your white blood cell levels before and after surgery.

Condition Intervention
Breast Cancer
Drug: Dexmedetomidine

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Cohort
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: The Effect of Dexmedetomidine on Immunological Parameters of Women Undergoing Breast Cancer Surgery

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

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Pre and Post Surgical Lymphocyte Counts [ Time Frame: 2 days ]
    Lymphocyte counts determined by flow-cytometry and their function by cytotoxicity assays performed in the laboratory using samples obtained before and the morning after surgery. Patients who experience a reduction of less than 50% of their preoperative natural killer cell (NKC) activity considered as a success.

Biospecimen Retention:   Samples With DNA
15cc of blood drawn prior or at the moment of anesthesia induction and the morning after surgery.

Enrollment: 20
Study Start Date: September 2012
Study Completion Date: February 2015
Primary Completion Date: February 2015 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Groups/Cohorts Assigned Interventions
Blood Draw Pre and Post Surgery
Patients within the UT MD Anderson Cancer Center who are scheduled for breast cancer surgery.
Drug: Dexmedetomidine
After induction of general anesthesia, a loading dose of dexmedetomidine (1 mcg/kg) given in 15 min followed by an infusion of the same medication at a rate of 0.4 - 0.7 mcg/kg/hour.

Detailed Description:

Dexmedetomidine is a type of sedative used as part of anesthetic care. It is sometimes used to help lower the amount of pain killers and other anesthetics that are given to a patient during surgery. Researchers want to study how this drug works in cancer patients and review the patient's chart for pain levels and medication use after surgery. Part of this research involves studying the immune system of surgery patients.

If you agree to take part in this study, blood (about 1 tablespoon) will be drawn before you have surgery and the morning after surgery while you are still in the hospital. This blood will be used to learn more about how your immune system works.

After your second blood draw, your participation in this study will be over.

This is an investigational study.

Up to 20 participants will be enrolled in this study. All will take part at MD Anderson.


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   Female
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Sampling Method:   Probability Sample
Study Population
Women undergoing unilateral mastectomy for malignancy at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas.

Inclusion Criteria:

3.1.1 - Women undergoing unilateral mastectomy for malignancy at MD Anderson Cancer Center.

3.1.2 - Patients 18 years of age and older. There will be no upper age restriction.

3.1.3 - Patients must sign a study-specific consent form.

Exclusion Criteria:

3.2.1 - ASA 4

3.2.2 - Contraindication to the use of dexmedetomidine. Decompensated congestive heart failure. Second and third degree heart block. Known allergy to dexmedetomidine or any of the medications used in the study

3.2.3 - Patients taking clonidine for treatment of arterial hypertension.

3.2.4 - Patients that are pregnant.

3.2.5 - Patients taking opioids at the time of surgery.

3.2.6 - Patients having plastic surgical reconstruction.

3.2.7 - Recent chemotherapy (< 4 weeks).

3.2.8 - Active autoimmune or immunological disease including but not limited to systemic lupus erythematous, rheumatoid arthritis and Sjogren's disease

3.2.9 - Patient refusal to participate in the study.

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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01692210

United States, Texas
University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Houston, Texas, United States, 77030
Sponsors and Collaborators
M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
Hospira, now a wholly owned subsidiary of Pfizer
Principal Investigator: Juan P. Cata, MD M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
  More Information

Additional Information:
Responsible Party: M.D. Anderson Cancer Center Identifier: NCT01692210     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: PA12-0524
Study First Received: September 19, 2012
Last Updated: January 5, 2016

Keywords provided by M.D. Anderson Cancer Center:
Breast Cancer
Unilateral mastectomy
Blood sample collections
Immune system
White blood cell levels

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Breast Neoplasms
Neoplasms by Site
Breast Diseases
Skin Diseases
Hypnotics and Sedatives
Central Nervous System Depressants
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Analgesics, Non-Narcotic
Sensory System Agents
Peripheral Nervous System Agents
Adrenergic alpha-2 Receptor Agonists
Adrenergic alpha-Agonists
Adrenergic Agonists
Adrenergic Agents
Neurotransmitter Agents
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action processed this record on April 21, 2017