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Studying Fentanyl in Patients With Cancer

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: NCT00899951
Recruitment Status : Terminated (poor accrual)
First Posted : May 12, 2009
Last Update Posted : April 18, 2013
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center

Brief Summary:

RATIONALE: Studying blood samples from cancer patients undergoing pain treatment in the laboratory may help doctors learn more about how pain drugs work in the body. It may also help doctors predict how patients will respond to treatment.

PURPOSE: This research study is looking at fentanyl in patients with cancer.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment
Brain and Central Nervous System Tumors Chronic Myeloproliferative Disorders Leukemia Lymphoma Lymphoproliferative Disorder Multiple Myeloma and Plasma Cell Neoplasm Myelodysplastic Syndromes Myelodysplastic/Myeloproliferative Neoplasms Pain Precancerous Condition Unspecified Adult Solid Tumor, Protocol Specific Drug: fentanyl citrate Other: pharmacological study

Detailed Description:


  • To describe the pharmacokinetics of prolonged intravenous infusions of fentanyl citrate in adult patients with cancer.

OUTLINE: Patients undergo blood sample collection before and after discontinuation of fentanyl citrate therapy (10 days total). Pharmacokinetic analysis is performed on the samples.

Study Type : Observational
Actual Enrollment : 2 participants
Observational Model: Cohort
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: Pharmacokinetics of Continuous Infusion Fentanyl in Cancer Patients
Study Start Date : October 2007
Primary Completion Date : July 2009
Study Completion Date : July 2009

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Genetic and Rare Diseases Information Center resources: AL Amyloidosis Lymphosarcoma Hodgkin Lymphoma Multiple Myeloma Myeloid Leukemia Acute Myeloid Leukemia Acute Non Lymphoblastic Leukemia Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia Burkitt Lymphoma Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia Leukemia, B-cell, Chronic Myelodysplastic Syndromes Follicular Lymphoma B-cell Lymphoma Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma Chronic Myeloid Leukemia Mycosis Fungoides Lymphoma, Large-cell Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma Myelofibrosis Polycythemia Vera Essential Thrombocythemia Mantle Cell Lymphoma Chronic Myeloproliferative Disorders Myelodysplastic/myeloproliferative Disease Marginal Zone Lymphoma Cutaneous T-cell Lymphoma Waldenstrom Macroglobulinemia Hairy Cell Leukemia Sezary Syndrome Lymphoblastic Lymphoma Extranodal Nasal NK/T Cell Lymphoma Chronic Myelomonocytic Leukemia Juvenile Myelomonocytic Leukemia Monoclonal Gammopathy of Undetermined Significance Plasmacytoma Angioimmunoblastic T-cell Lymphoma Angioimmunoblastic Lymphadenopathy With Dysproteinemia Leukemia, T-cell, Chronic Adult T-cell Leukemia/lymphoma Large Granular Lymphocyte Leukemia Aggressive NK Cell Leukemia Lymphomatoid Granulomatosis Plasmablastic Lymphoma Lymphoma, Large-cell, Immunoblastic Chronic Neutrophilic Leukemia
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Group/Cohort Intervention/treatment
Cohort 1
receiving fentaly citrate
Drug: fentanyl citrate Other: pharmacological study

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Pharmacokinetics of fentanyl citrate [ Time Frame: two baseline samples, serial samples obtained at 0,4,8,24,48,72,96,168,240 hrs after discontinuing fentanyl ]

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Sampling Method:   Probability Sample
Study Population
cancer pts


  • Diagnosis of cancer
  • Inpatient at the Johns Hopkins Hospital Cancer Center undergoing pain treatment with continuous infusion fentanyl citrate for ≥ 5 days


  • Willing to change to an alternative opioid


  • See Disease Characteristics
  • At least 72 hours since transdermal fentanyl citrate administration
  • At least 12 hours since transmucosal fentanyl citrate administration
  • No known requirement for continued opioid therapy with any fentanyl citrate products after discontinuation of fentanyl citrate therapy

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00899951

United States, Maryland
Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins
Baltimore, Maryland, United States, 21231-2410
Sponsors and Collaborators
Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Principal Investigator: Stuart A. Grossman, MD Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center

Responsible Party: Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center Identifier: NCT00899951     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: J06129 CDR0000600337
P30CA006973 ( U.S. NIH Grant/Contract )
First Posted: May 12, 2009    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: April 18, 2013
Last Verified: April 2013

Keywords provided by Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center:
unspecified adult solid tumor, protocol specific
accelerated phase chronic myelogenous leukemia
acute undifferentiated leukemia
adult acute lymphoblastic leukemia in remission
adult acute myeloid leukemia in remission
adult acute myeloid leukemia with 11q23 (MLL) abnormalities
adult acute myeloid leukemia with inv(16)(p13;q22)
adult acute myeloid leukemia with t(15;17)(q22;q12)
adult acute myeloid leukemia with t(16;16)(p13;q22)
adult acute myeloid leukemia with t(8;21)(q22;q22)
atypical chronic myeloid leukemia, BCR-ABL1 negative
blastic phase chronic myelogenous leukemia
chronic myelomonocytic leukemia
chronic phase chronic myelogenous leukemia
mast cell leukemia
meningeal chronic myelogenous leukemia
progressive hairy cell leukemia, initial treatment
prolymphocytic leukemia
recurrent adult acute lymphoblastic leukemia
recurrent adult acute myeloid leukemia
recurrent adult T-cell leukemia/lymphoma
refractory chronic lymphocytic leukemia
refractory hairy cell leukemia
relapsing chronic myelogenous leukemia
secondary acute myeloid leukemia
stage 0 chronic lymphocytic leukemia
stage I adult T-cell leukemia/lymphoma
stage I chronic lymphocytic leukemia
stage II adult T-cell leukemia/lymphoma
stage II chronic lymphocytic leukemia

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Multiple Myeloma
Neoplasms, Plasma Cell
Myelodysplastic Syndromes
Nervous System Neoplasms
Central Nervous System Neoplasms
Myeloproliferative Disorders
Lymphoproliferative Disorders
Myelodysplastic-Myeloproliferative Diseases
Precancerous Conditions
Neoplasms by Histologic Type
Lymphatic Diseases
Immunoproliferative Disorders
Immune System Diseases
Pathologic Processes
Hemostatic Disorders
Vascular Diseases
Cardiovascular Diseases
Blood Protein Disorders
Hematologic Diseases
Hemorrhagic Disorders
Bone Marrow Diseases
Neoplasms by Site