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Feasibility Study of Modified Atkins Ketogenic Diet in the Treatment of Newly Diagnosed Malignant Glioma

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Know the risks and potential benefits of clinical studies and talk to your health care provider before participating. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT03278249
Recruitment Status : Recruiting
First Posted : September 11, 2017
Last Update Posted : October 28, 2019
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Rekha Chaudhary, University of Cincinnati

Brief Summary:
The purpose of this research study is to see if people can produce ketones in their blood with the modified Atkins diet. Modified Atkins diet is a diet that produces ketones in your blood by restricting carbohydrates to <20 grams per day. Ketones are substances that are produced in the blood when fat is being broken down. Ketones may help radiation work better and may starve your tumor because it is thought that some brain tumors can not use ketones to grow and can only use sugar or glucose to grow.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Glioblastoma Other: Modified Atkins Ketogenic Diet Not Applicable

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Estimated Enrollment : 30 participants
Allocation: N/A
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Feasibility Study of Modified Atkins Ketogenic Diet in the Treatment of Newly Diagnosed Malignant Glioma
Actual Study Start Date : October 12, 2017
Estimated Primary Completion Date : January 2021
Estimated Study Completion Date : January 2021

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Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: Modified Atkins Ketogenic Diet
Modified Atkins Ketogenic Diet in combination with Temodar and Radiation
Other: Modified Atkins Ketogenic Diet
Less than 20 grams of carbohydrates per day

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Assessment of inducing ketosis [ Time Frame: 6 months ]
    Ketosis measured by serum beta-hydroxybuterate

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Assessment of progression free survival [ Time Frame: 6 months ]
  2. Assessment of survival [ Time Frame: 2 years ]

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

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Histologically confirmed primary malignant glioma, Grade III or IV
  • No uncontrolled infection or other active malignancy or chronic systemic immune therapy.
  • ECOG performance status < 3.
  • Life expectancy > three months.
  • Adequate labs

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Diagnosis of genetic disorder of fat metabolism.
  • Type 2 diabetes diagnosed with a hemoglobin A1C > 6.4
  • Allergic to dairy or lactose intolerance

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To learn more about this study, you or your doctor may contact the study research staff using the contact information provided by the sponsor.

Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT03278249

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Contact: UC Cancer Institute Clinical Trials Office 513-584-7698

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United States, Ohio
UC Health Recruiting
Cincinnati, Ohio, United States, 45219
Contact: University of Cincinnati Cancer Institute    513-584-7698   
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Cincinnati
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Principal Investigator: Rekha Chaudhary, MD University of Cincinnati
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Responsible Party: Rekha Chaudhary, Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Cincinnati Identifier: NCT03278249    
Other Study ID Numbers: UCCI-BRAIN-16-01
First Posted: September 11, 2017    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: October 28, 2019
Last Verified: October 2019
Individual Participant Data (IPD) Sharing Statement:
Plan to Share IPD: No

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Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Drug Product: No
Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Device Product: No
Keywords provided by Rekha Chaudhary, University of Cincinnati:
brain tumor
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Neoplasms, Neuroepithelial
Neuroectodermal Tumors
Neoplasms, Germ Cell and Embryonal
Neoplasms by Histologic Type
Neoplasms, Glandular and Epithelial
Neoplasms, Nerve Tissue