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Methylphenidate in Treating Patients With Melanoma

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. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT00003266
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : October 28, 2003
Last Update Posted : November 2, 2020
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Information provided by:
Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group

Brief Summary:

RATIONALE: Methylphenidate may relieve some of the side effects of chemotherapy in patients with melanoma. It is not known whether receiving methylphenidate is more effective than receiving no further therapy in treating patients with melanoma.

PURPOSE: Randomized phase III trial to determine if methylphenidate is more effective than no further therapy for the relief of fatigue and drowsiness in treating patients with melanoma who have received high-dose interferon alfa for 8-24 weeks.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Fatigue Unspecified Adult Solid Tumor, Protocol Specific Drug: methylphenidate hydrochloride Procedure: quality-of-life assessment Phase 3

Detailed Description:

OBJECTIVES: I. Determine whether methylphenidate decreases fatigue and lethargy in cancer patients receiving interferon alfa. II. Determine whether the use of methylphenidate in this patient population decreases the number of dose reductions of interferon alfa due to toxicities other than myelosuppression or elevated liver function tests. III. Assess whether efficacy or toxicity of methylphenidate in this patient population is concentration dependent. IV. Compare the fatigue subscale and the proposed Brief Fatigue Inventory.

OUTLINE: This is a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, two arm study. Patients are stratified according to initial fatigue level (high vs moderate), and treatment with tumor vaccine (yes vs no). Patients are randomized to one of two treatment arms. Arm I: Patients receive oral methylphenidate twice daily. Arm II: Patients receive oral placebo twice daily. Treatment is continued for 21 consecutive days with dose escalations as tolerated and as needed by patient judgement, followed by an additional week to evaluate the effect of drug withdrawal. Patients are contacted by telephone at least twice weekly during the 21 day treatment and 7 day washout phase to assess adverse or rebound effects. Before the study begins and at weekly clinic visits for the 4 week study period, patients complete a series of questionnaires to measure mood, levels of fatigue and lethargy, and sense of well being. Patients also keep a short daily diary of study medication doses and degree of tiredness. Patients are followed every 3 months for 2 years, then every 6 months for the next 3 years, and then annually thereafter.

PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A total of 200 patients will be accrued into this study within 39 months.

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Estimated Enrollment : 200 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Masking: Double
Primary Purpose: Supportive Care
Official Title: Double-Blind Randomized Trial of Methylphenidate for Alleviation of Fatigue and Lethargy Associated With Interferon Alpha 2b
Study Start Date : June 1999
Actual Primary Completion Date : May 2002

Resource links provided by the National Library of Medicine

MedlinePlus Genetics related topics: Melanoma
MedlinePlus related topics: Fatigue

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 120 Years   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

DISEASE CHARACTERISTICS: On interferon alfa-2b treatment for at least 8 weeks Dose must be stable for 2 weeks prior to and during study Fatigue level at least 4 on the Symptom and Fatigue Self Evaluation Form (0 none, 10 worst possible)

PATIENT CHARACTERISTICS: Age: 18 and over Performance status: Not specified Life expectancy: More than 4 weeks Hematopoietic: Hematocrit at least 30% Hepatic: Not specified Renal: Creatinine no greater than 2.0 mg/dL Other: No history of any of the following: Chronic use of anticonvulsants Seizure disorder Motor tics Glaucoma Family history or diagnosis of Tourette's disorder No allergic reaction or hypersensitivity to methylphenidate Cognitively able to participate Not incarcerated Not pregnant or nursing Fertile patients must use effective contraception

PRIOR CONCURRENT THERAPY: See Disease Characteristics No monoamine oxidase inhibitors within 2 months

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00003266

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Sponsors and Collaborators
Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
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Study Chair: Paul R. Hutson, PharmD University of Wisconsin, Madison
Layout table for additonal information Identifier: NCT00003266    
Other Study ID Numbers: CDR0000066161
First Posted: October 28, 2003    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: November 2, 2020
Last Verified: March 2008
Keywords provided by Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group:
unspecified adult solid tumor, protocol specific
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Central Nervous System Stimulants
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Dopamine Uptake Inhibitors
Neurotransmitter Uptake Inhibitors
Membrane Transport Modulators
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Dopamine Agents
Neurotransmitter Agents