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Low Fat Diet to Prevent Disease Progression in Patients With Skin Cancer

The recruitment status of this study is unknown. The completion date has passed and the status has not been verified in more than two years.
Verified October 2007 by National Cancer Institute (NCI).
Recruitment status was:  Active, not recruiting
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First received: November 1, 1999
Last updated: February 6, 2009
Last verified: October 2007

RATIONALE: A low-fat, balanced diet may prevent disease progression in patients with nonmelanomatous skin cancer.

PURPOSE: Randomized phase II trial to study the effectiveness of a low-fat, balanced diet to prevent disease progression in patients with nonmelanomatous skin cancer.

Condition Intervention Phase
Non-Melanomatous Skin Cancer Other: preventative dietary intervention Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Primary Purpose: Prevention
Official Title: Skin Cancer Prophylaxis by Low-Fat Dietary Intervention

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Estimated Enrollment: 175
Study Start Date: April 1989
Detailed Description:

OBJECTIVES: I. Determine whether intervention with a low-fat balanced diet will prolong the disease-free survival time in patients presenting with nonmelanomatous skin cancer and having a history of not more than two previous skin cancers. II. Assess the effect of this intervention on numbers of tumors during the two year follow-up period. III. Determine the incidence of new skin cancer in the control, nonintervention population.

OUTLINE: This is a randomized study. Patients are randomized into the Dietary Intervention or Nonintervention groups. The control group has initial and follow up assessment of eating habits. The dietary intervention group also has initial and follow up assessment of eating habits that have been changed to reduce fat intake to one-half of the amount in the average American diet with a subsequent increase of carbohydrates to compensate for total caloric intake. Both groups have assessment of clinical status of skin cancer at 4 month intervals for 24 months. Patients are followed for two years.

PROJECTED ACCRUAL: Approximately 175 patients will be accrued in the first 3 years of this study.


Ages Eligible for Study:   15 Years and older   (Child, Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

DISEASE CHARACTERISTICS: Histologically confirmed basal cell carcinoma or squamous cell carcinoma of the skin No more than two prior skin carcinomas Must not have genetic predisposition to skin cancer (i.e., xeroderma pigmentosum, basal cell nevous syndrome)

PATIENT CHARACTERISTICS: Age: 15 and over Race: Caucasian Performance status: Not specified Life expectancy: Not specified Hematopoietic: Not specified Hepatic: Not specified Renal: Not specified Other: No therapeutic diet that requires fat intake greater than 20% of total calories No untreated systemic malignancy No history of arsenic ingestion Not diabetic

PRIOR CONCURRENT THERAPY: Biologic therapy: Not specified Chemotherapy: Not specified Endocrine therapy: No concurrent systemic steroids Radiotherapy: No prior x-ray therapy for acne No prior/concurrent ultraviolet light (PUVA or UVB) therapy for psoriasis Surgery: Not specified Other: No concurrent megavitamin or mineral supplementation At least 5 years since treatment with antimetabolites, folic acid inhibitors, alkalating agents, etc.

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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00003097

United States, Texas
Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, Texas, United States, 77030
Sponsors and Collaborators
Baylor College of Medicine
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Study Chair: Homer Black, PhD Baylor College of Medicine
  More Information

Black HS, Wolf JE: Protective influence of a low-fat diet on non-melanoma skin cancer. Dermatologic Therapy: Phototherapy and Photoprotective Therapy 4: 100-105, 1997.
Black HS, Wolf JE: A low-fat diet can reduce skin cancer risk. Primary Care and Cancer 15: 12-13, 1996.
Black HS: Low-fat diet impedes the development of actinic keratosis. Biomedical Pharmacotherapy 49: 46-47, 1995.
Black HS, Wolk JE Jr: A low-fat diet can reduce skin cancer risk. Skin Cancer Foundation Journal 13: 37/98, 1995.
Black HS, Jaax S: Low-Fat Dietary Guide to Aid in the Management of Skin Cancer. Houston, TX: 1999.
Black HS: Diet and skin cancer. In: Heber D, Blackburn GL, Go VL: Nutritional Oncology. San Diego, CA: Academic Press, 1999, pp. 405-419. Identifier: NCT00003097     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: CDR0000065820
Study First Received: November 1, 1999
Last Updated: February 6, 2009

Keywords provided by National Cancer Institute (NCI):
basal cell carcinoma of the skin
squamous cell carcinoma of the skin

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Skin Neoplasms
Neoplasms by Site
Skin Diseases processed this record on September 21, 2017