Bupropion and Counseling With or Without Contingency Management to Enhance Smoking Cessation in Treating Cancer Survivors Who Continue to Smoke

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Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : March 10, 2004
Last Update Posted : March 8, 2012
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
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National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (CC)

March 8, 2004
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March 8, 2012
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Bupropion and Counseling With or Without Contingency Management to Enhance Smoking Cessation in Treating Cancer Survivors Who Continue to Smoke
Contingency Management to Enhance Smoking Cessation for Cancer Survivors: A Proof of Concept Trial

RATIONALE: Contingency management is a behavioral treatment approach that provides immediate rewards for positive change in behavior such as quitting smoking. In this protocol, contingency management will be in the form of a cash reward. A smoking cessation (stop-smoking) program that combines contingency management with bupropion and counseling may be effective in helping cancer survivors stop smoking.

PURPOSE: Randomized clinical trial to compare the effectiveness of bupropion and counseling with or without contingency management in helping cancer survivors stop smoking.



  • Compare the feasibility of a multi-component smoking cessation intervention comprising bupropion and counseling with or without contingency management (cash reward) for cancer survivors who continue to smoke.
  • Compare 7-day point-prevalence abstinence rates in patients treated with these smoking cessation interventions.


  • Determine the characteristics of these patients that predict success at quitting smoking.

OUTLINE: This is a randomized, multicenter study. Patients are randomized to 1 of 2 smoking cessation intervention arms.

  • Arm I: Patients receive oral bupropion twice daily on weeks 1-12 and brief practical counseling (i.e., problem-solving strategies, stimulus control, stress management, and social support) on weeks 1-6.
  • Arm II: Patients receive treatment as in arm I and contingency management (i.e., monetary reinforcement for not smoking) on weeks 1-6.

In both arms, treatment continues in the absence of unacceptable toxicity.

Patients are followed at 12 and 24 weeks after the completion of the smoking cessation interventions.

PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A total of 100 patients (50 per intervention arm) will be accrued for this study within 8 months.

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Allocation: Randomized
Primary Purpose: Prevention
  • Cancer Survivor
  • Unspecified Adult Solid Tumor, Protocol Specific
  • Behavioral: smoking cessation intervention
  • Drug: bupropion hydrochloride
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  • Diagnosis of cancer at least 6 months before study entry

    • No carcinoma in situ of the cervix, basal cell or squamous cell skin cancer, or CNS tumor
  • Smoking history of at least 2 years

    • Smoked cigarettes daily for the past 30 days
  • Completed prior cancer treatment at least 6 months, but no more than 5 years before study entry

    • Concurrent tamoxifen allowed



  • 18 and over

Performance status

  • Not specified

Life expectancy

  • Not specified


  • Platelet count ≥ 100,000 - 450,000/mm^3
  • WBC ≥ 3,000/mm^3


  • AST and ALT ≤ 2 times upper limit of normal
  • Bilirubin ≤ 2.0 mg/dL


  • Creatinine < 2.0 mg/dL


  • No unstable cardiovascular disease, including any of the following:

    • High-grade atrioventricular block
    • Neurocardiogenic syncope
    • Unstable angina
    • Uncompensated congestive heart failure
    • Poorly controlled hypertension


  • Not pregnant or nursing
  • Negative pregnancy test
  • Able to undergo peripheral blood draw

    • No port-a-cath or Hickman catheters
  • Planning to reside in the Washington D.C. metro area for at least 1 year after study entry
  • Willing to undergo urine testing for cotinine levels and breath testing for carbon monoxide monitoring
  • No significant physical or psychological disability that would preclude study participation
  • No known allergy to bupropion
  • Baseline urine drug screen negative

    • Prescribed pain medication allowed
  • None of the following predisposing factors that may increase the risk of seizures with bupropion use:

    • History of seizures
    • Alcohol use > 4 oz/day
    • History of closed head injury
    • History of an eating disorder
    • CNS infection
  • No poorly controlled diabetes


Biologic therapy

  • Not specified


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Endocrine therapy

  • See Disease Characteristics


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  • At least 2 years since prior alcohol abuse or substance abuse therapy (except for tobacco use or dependence)
  • More than 14 days since prior monoamine oxidase (MAO) inhibitor
  • No concurrent MAO inhibitor
  • No concurrent bupropion (Wellbutrin® or Wellbutrin SR®)
  • No concurrent alcohol or substance abuse disorder treatment
  • No concurrent nicotine replacement therapy
  • No concurrent medications that lower seizure threshold (e.g., theophylline or short-acting benzodiazepines)
  • No use of tobacco products (more than 1 time per week) other than cigarettes
Sexes Eligible for Study: All
18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
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National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (CC)
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Principal Investigator: Glen D. Morgan, PhD NCI - Division of Cancer Control and Population Science
Investigator: Sandra J. Schaefer, RN, BSN, OCN National Cancer Institute (NCI)
National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (CC)
March 2012

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