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Ketamine-Assisted PsychoTherapy ViAbility in Treating Cancer-related Emotional Distress (KAPTIVATED)

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: NCT05344625
Recruitment Status : Not yet recruiting
First Posted : April 25, 2022
Last Update Posted : April 25, 2022
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Bhupesh Parashar, MD, Northwell Health

Tracking Information
First Submitted Date  ICMJE March 31, 2022
First Posted Date  ICMJE April 25, 2022
Last Update Posted Date April 25, 2022
Estimated Study Start Date  ICMJE July 1, 2022
Estimated Primary Completion Date July 1, 2023   (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Current Primary Outcome Measures  ICMJE
 (submitted: April 19, 2022)
Feasibility of Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy in the palliative radiation population [ Time Frame: Within 3 months from completion of radiation therapy ]
The percentage of subjects who complete at least 1 session of KAP will be calculated, along with the associated 95% exact binomial confidence interval. The null hypothesis will be rejective if >50% of patients complete at least 1 KAP session.
Original Primary Outcome Measures  ICMJE Same as current
Change History No Changes Posted
Current Secondary Outcome Measures  ICMJE
 (submitted: April 19, 2022)
  • Depression and Anxiety [ Time Frame: Within 3 months from completion of radiation therapy ]
    GRID-HAM-D-17 for depression and the HAM-A for anxiety. These forms will be completed at baseline (time of enrollment), at the completion of the ketamine psychotherapy sessions, and at the completion of consolidative psychotherapy. A subject will be considered a responder if they have a 50% decrease from baseline in GRID-HAM-D-17 score for depression and a 50% decrease in HAM-A score for anxiety. At each timepoint subsequent to baseline, the percentage of subjects who are responders will be calculated, along with the associated 95% exact binomial confidence interval. If feasible, a subset analysis will be carried out for patients with GRID-HAM-D-17 scores of at least 22 or HAM-A scores at least 25 at baseline.
  • Death and Dying Distress Scale (DADDS [ Time Frame: Within 3 months from completion of radiation therapy ]
    The change from baseline in DADDS will be calculated at each timepoint subsequent to baseline, and summarized by calculating the median change, along with the first and third quartiles, and the minimum and maximum.
  • Mystical Experience Questionnaire (MEQ-30) [ Time Frame: Within 3 months from completion of radiation therapy ]
    The MEQ-30 will be assessed after every KAP session, and summarized by calculating the median, along with the first and third quartiles, and the minimum and maximum. These values will be compared to historical controls in the psilocybin population for reference.
Original Secondary Outcome Measures  ICMJE Same as current
Current Other Pre-specified Outcome Measures Not Provided
Original Other Pre-specified Outcome Measures Not Provided
Descriptive Information
Brief Title  ICMJE Ketamine-Assisted PsychoTherapy ViAbility in Treating Cancer-related Emotional Distress
Official Title  ICMJE Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy Viability in Treating Cancer-Related Emotional Distress
Brief Summary The present study will investigate if ketamine-assisted psychotherapy during palliative radiation therapy is safe, feasible, and effective at reducing psychological distress.
Detailed Description Patients prescribed palliative radiation therapy with eligible cancer-related DSM-V disorders will be prescribed 3 Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP) sessions. At the time of enrollment, they will complete 3 surveys to KAP will be preceded by a preparatory session during which the subjects will virtually meet their the KAP clinical team and discuss important stressors or concerns and prepare for KAP. Each KAP session will last approximately 3 hours during which patients will receive and individualized dose of Ketalar intramuscularly, and after the ketamine experience subsides, the patient will discuss the experience with a psychotherapist trained in KAP. A virtual integration session will occur the day after each KAP session as it provides patients with an opportunity to work collaboratively with their assigned therapist in a manner that can help translate any insights from their preparation and KAP sessions into actionable goals. Depression, anxiety, and existential distress will be measured throughout the trial to assess the impact from KAP.
Study Type  ICMJE Interventional
Study Phase  ICMJE Early Phase 1
Study Design  ICMJE Allocation: N/A
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Condition  ICMJE
  • Cancer-related Problem/Condition
  • Depressive Symptoms
  • Anxiety Disorders
Intervention  ICMJE Drug: Ketamine 100 MG/ML
Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy
Study Arms  ICMJE Experimental: Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy
3 KAP sessions lasting approximately 3 hours using less than or equal to 60mg or 1mg/kg of intramuscular Ketalar as the facilitating chemical. KAP sessions will be supplemented with integration sessions occurring the following day and 1 month after the final KAP session.
Intervention: Drug: Ketamine 100 MG/ML
Publications * Not Provided

*   Includes publications given by the data provider as well as publications identified by Identifier (NCT Number) in Medline.
Recruitment Information
Recruitment Status  ICMJE Not yet recruiting
Estimated Enrollment  ICMJE
 (submitted: April 19, 2022)
Original Estimated Enrollment  ICMJE Same as current
Estimated Study Completion Date  ICMJE August 1, 2023
Estimated Primary Completion Date July 1, 2023   (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Eligibility Criteria  ICMJE

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Subject have provided informed consent
  • Male or female ≥ 21 to ≤ 65years of age at signing of informed consent
  • DSM-V diagnosis judged to have been precipitated or exacerbated by psychological distress of the cancer disease course, including the following:

    • Adjustment disorder (AD)
    • Adjustment Disorder with Mixed Anxiety and Depressed Mood
    • Adjustment Disorder with Disturbance of Conduct
    • Adjustment Disorder with Disturbance of Emotions and Conduct
    • Adjustment disorder (AD) with anxiety
    • Adjustment disorder (AD) with depressed mood
    • Acute Stress Disorder
    • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
    • Major depressive disorder (MDD)
    • Dysthymic disorder (DD)
    • Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD)
  • Prescribed a radiation therapy course with palliative intent. Radiation therapy will be given priority with respect to scheduling and delivery over appointments related to KAP. Patients may begin the KAP process as soon as they are able after enrollment as long as it does not interfere with or delay receipt of radiation therapy. The timing of KAP/ RT can be either concurrent or sequential with RT coming first based on convenience to the patient and treatment teams, although completing the treatment expediently will be encouraged. Total treatment package time should be less than 3 months from CT simulation.
  • A female subject of childbearing potential who is sexually active with a non-sterilized male partner must agree to consistently and correctly use a highly effective method of contraception with a failure rate of < 1% per year (Appendix 1) during the study and for at least 90 days after study drug administration. If a hormonal contraceptive is used, it must have been initiated at least 1 month before dosing.
  • Negative pregnancy test (women only)
  • Female subject of non-childbearing potential must be either: surgically sterile (hysterectomy, tubal ligation, or bilateral oophorectomy), or post-menopausal with amenorrhea for at least 2 years and documented follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) levels ≥30 mIU/mL, or mL or must use a medically accepted double-barrier contraceptive method during the study and for at least 90 days after study drug administration.
  • Male subject must agree to use prophylactic contraception
  • Patients receiving chemotherapy, hormonal therapy, radiation therapy, biologic therapies may participate while receiving those therapies. Continuing hormonal therapy, chemotherapy, or radiation treatment is acceptable if the patient is tolerating the therapy or treatment in a sufficient fashion to allow administration of intramuscular ketamine
  • Agree that for one week preceding each KAP session, he/she will refrain from taking any nonprescription medication, nutritional supplement, or herbal supplement except when approved by the research team. Exceptions will be evaluated by the research team and will include acetaminophen, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, and common doses of vitamins and minerals
  • Agree not to use nicotine for at least 2 hours before KAP administration, and not again until questionnaires have been completed approximately 7 hours after KAP administration.
  • Agree to consume approximately the same amount of caffeine-containing beverage (e.g., coffee, tea) that he/she consumes on a usual morning, before arriving at the research unit on the mornings of KAP session days. If the patient does not routinely consume caffeinated beverages, he or she must agree not to do so on KAP session days.
  • Agree not to take any PRN medications on the mornings of KAP sessions, with the exception of daily opioid pain medication. Non-routine PRN medications for treating breakthrough pain that were taken in the 24 hours before the KAP session may result in rescheduling the treatment session, with the decision at the discretion of the investigators.
  • Agree to refrain from using any psychoactive drugs, including alcoholic beverages, within 24 hours of each KAP administration. As described elsewhere, exceptions include daily use of caffeine, nicotine, and opioid pain medication.
  • Willingness to not driving for 24 hours following study drug administration
  • English proficiency
  • Ability to understand and the willingness to sign a written informed consent document

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Karnofsky Performance Scale (KPS) index of 60 or less
  • Patients will be excluded if they are in treatment in another clinical trial involving an investigational product for treatment of cancer.
  • Hepatic dysfunction as indicated by the following values:

    • -- GGT > 3 x ULN (upper limit of norm)
    • -- AST > 3 x ULN
    • -- ALT > 3 x ULN
    • -- Tot Bili > 3.0 mg/dl
  • Known paraneoplastic syndrome or "ectopic" hormone production by the primary tumor such as the patient could have or be at risk for hypercalcemia, Cushing's syndrome, hypoglycemia, syndrome of inappropriate antidiuretic hormone secretion, or carcinoid syndrome
  • Cardiovascular conditions: uncontrolled hypertension, angina, a clinically significant ECG abnormality (e.g. atrial fibrilation), TIA in the last 6 months, stroke, peripheral or pulmonary vascular disease (no active claudication)
  • Systolic blood pressure >140mmHG or < 85 mmHg or diastolic blood pressure >90mmHg or heart rate of > 110 beat per minutes. Pulse oximetry of 94% or less.
  • Epilepsy with history of seizures
  • Renal insufficiency (creatinine clearance < 40 ml/min using the Cockraft and Gault equation)
  • Uncontrolled hyperthyroidism (low thyroid stimulating hormone with high T3 or T4)
  • Insulin-dependent diabetes; if taking oral hypoglycemic agent, then no history of hypoglycemia
  • Opioid pain medications (e.g. oxycodone sustained release, morphine sustained release -- which are usually taken at 12 hour intervals) will be allowed if the last dose occurred at least 12 hours before KAP administration; such medication will not be taken again until at least 6 hours after KAP administration.
  • Current or history of schizophrenia, psychotic disorder, bipolar disorder, delusional disorder, paranoid personality disorder, schizoaffective disorder, or borderline personality disorder, as assessed by medical history. Patients who have bipolar disorder but are not currently in a manic state may be included based on judgement of investigators.
  • Patients with first or second-degree relatives with schizophrenia, non-substance induced psychotic disorder, or bipolar disorder
  • Currently meets DSM-IV/V criteria for Dissociative Disorder, Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, or other psychiatric conditions judged to be incompatible with establishment of rapport or safe exposure to KAP
  • Increased risk of intracranial pressure:

    • Recent ischemic or hemorrhagic cerebral vascular accident in the last 1 month.
    • Brain tumors with symptoms and signs of increased intracranial pressure.
    • Seizure in the last 6 months.
    • Head trauma with symptoms of increased intracranial pressure.
    • Hydrocephalus.
    • Uncontrolled nausea/vomiting/headache or ≥ grade 3 nausea despite one line of antiemetics
    • Recent traumatic brain injury
  • Potential for adverse drug-drug interactions. Concomitant medications with significant potential to interact with study medications will be exclusionary if they cannot be tapered. These include the following:
  • Regular benzodiazepine usage greater than 0.5mg of clonazepam/day or equivalent which cannot be stopped 1 day prior to ketamine injection
  • Lamotrigine usage
  • Usage of methylphenidate, phenobarbital, or amphetamine drugs within 5 half-lives of KAP
  • History of allergic reactions attributed to compounds of similar chemical or biologic composition to ketamine or ketamine sensitivity
  • Severe depression/anxiety which warrants immediate treatment with antidepressant or anxiolytic medication due to suicidal ideation
  • History of alcoholism or drinking more than an average of 2 alcoholic beverage per day within past 5 years
  • Female subject of childbearing potential who is not willing to use effective methods of birth controls or practice sexual abstinence up to 10 days following the last administration of ketamine.
  • A positive pregnancy test at Screening
  • History or evidence of any other clinically significant disorder, condition, or disease that in the opinion of the investigator or based on psychotherapist opinion would pose a risk to the subject safety or interfere with the study evaluation, procedure, or completion.
Sex/Gender  ICMJE
Sexes Eligible for Study: All
Ages  ICMJE 21 Years to 65 Years   (Adult, Older Adult)
Accepts Healthy Volunteers  ICMJE No
Contacts  ICMJE
Contact: Jacob Eckstein, MD 516321300
Contact: Bhupesh Parashar, MD 5163213000
Listed Location Countries  ICMJE Not Provided
Removed Location Countries  
Administrative Information
NCT Number  ICMJE NCT05344625
Other Study ID Numbers  ICMJE KAP1
Has Data Monitoring Committee Yes
U.S. FDA-regulated Product
Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Drug Product: Yes
Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Device Product: No
Product Manufactured in and Exported from the U.S.: Yes
IPD Sharing Statement  ICMJE
Plan to Share IPD: No
Current Responsible Party Bhupesh Parashar, MD, Northwell Health
Original Responsible Party Same as current
Current Study Sponsor  ICMJE Bhupesh Parashar, MD
Original Study Sponsor  ICMJE Same as current
Collaborators  ICMJE Not Provided
Investigators  ICMJE Not Provided
PRS Account Northwell Health
Verification Date April 2022

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