Overview

This trial is active, not recruiting.

Condition esophageal cancer
Treatments armodafinil, placebo, minocycline, questionnaires
Phase phase 2
Sponsor M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
Collaborator National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Start date February 2013
End date February 2018
Trial size 80 participants
Trial identifier NCT01746043, 2012-0117, NCI-2013-00584, R01CA026582

Summary

The goal of this clinical research study is to compare armodafinil and minocycline when given alone or in combination to learn which is better for controlling side effects of chemoradiation treatment for esophageal cancer (such as fatigue, pain, disturbed sleep, lack of appetite, and drowsiness).

Armodafinil is designed to prevent excessive sleepiness.

Minocycline is an antibiotic, which may help to reduce multiple symptoms.

In this study, you may receive a placebo. A placebo is not a drug. It looks like the study drug but is not designed to treat any disease or illness. It is designed to be compared with a study drug to learn if the study drug has any real effect.

United States No locations recruiting
Other Countries No locations recruiting

Study Design

Allocation randomized
Endpoint classification safety/efficacy study
Intervention model parallel assignment
Masking double blind (subject, investigator)
Primary purpose treatment
Arm
(Experimental)
Armodafinil 150 mg by mouth once a day for 6 weeks. Placebo 1 capsule by mouth 2 times a day for 6 weeks. Intervention agents start the day of CXRT, or within 5 days of the start CXRT, and continue for a total of 6 weeks. Completion of symptom questionnaires before chemoradiation and then 1 time a week during Weeks 1-10 of the study. Questionnaire take up to 5 minutes to complete.
armodafinil Nuvigil
150 mg by mouth once a day for 6 weeks.
placebo Sugar pill
1 capsule by mouth 2 times a day for 6 weeks.
questionnaires Surveys
Completion of symptom questionnaires before chemoradiation and then 1 time a week during Weeks 1-10 of the study. Questionnaire take up to 5 minutes to complete.
(Experimental)
Minocycline 100 mg by mouth 2 times a day for 6 weeks. Placebo 1 capsule by mouth 2 times a day for 6 weeks. Intervention agents start the day of CXRT, or within 5 days of the start CXRT, and continue for a total of 6 weeks. Completion of symptom questionnaires before chemoradiation and then 1 time a week during Weeks 1-10 of the study. Questionnaire take up to 5 minutes to complete.
placebo Sugar pill
1 capsule by mouth 2 times a day for 6 weeks.
minocycline Dynacin
100 mg by mouth 2 times a day for 6 weeks.
questionnaires Surveys
Completion of symptom questionnaires before chemoradiation and then 1 time a week during Weeks 1-10 of the study. Questionnaire take up to 5 minutes to complete.
(Experimental)
Armodafinil 150 mg by mouth once a day for 6 weeks. Minocycline 100 mg by mouth 2 times a day for 6 weeks.Intervention agents start the day of CXRT, or within 5 days of the start CXRT, and continue for a total of 6 weeks. Completion of symptom questionnaires before chemoradiation and then 1 time a week during Weeks 1-10 of the study. Questionnaire take up to 5 minutes to complete.
armodafinil Nuvigil
150 mg by mouth once a day for 6 weeks.
minocycline Dynacin
100 mg by mouth 2 times a day for 6 weeks.
questionnaires Surveys
Completion of symptom questionnaires before chemoradiation and then 1 time a week during Weeks 1-10 of the study. Questionnaire take up to 5 minutes to complete.
(Placebo Comparator)
Placebo 1 capsule by mouth 2 times a day for 6 weeks. Intervention agents start the day of CXRT, or within 5 days of the start CXRT, and continue for a total of 6 weeks. Completion of symptom questionnaires before chemoradiation and then 1 time a week during Weeks 1-10 of the study. Questionnaire take up to 5 minutes to complete.
placebo Sugar pill
1 capsule by mouth 2 times a day for 6 weeks.
questionnaires Surveys
Completion of symptom questionnaires before chemoradiation and then 1 time a week during Weeks 1-10 of the study. Questionnaire take up to 5 minutes to complete.

Primary Outcomes

Measure
Mean Symptom Increase During Chemoradiation Therapy
time frame: 6 weeks

Eligibility Criteria

Male or female participants at least 18 years old.

Inclusion Criteria: 1. Patients with a pathologically proven diagnosis of esophageal cancer 2. Patients > or = 18 years old 3. Patients who will receive chemotherapy and radiation therapy 4. Patients who speak English or Spanish 5. Patients must be willing and able to review, understand, and provide written consent before starting therapy 6. Patients must agree to discontinue St John's Wort herbal supplement use, and refrain from taking it while on protocol 7. Women of childbearing potential (women who are not postmenopausal for at least 1 year and are not surgically sterile) must have a negative urine pregnancy test 8. Sexually active males and females must agree to use effective birth control or to be abstinent for the duration of the study period 9. Women currently taking birth control pills or planning to start birth control pills must agree to an additional method of birth control (either abstinence or a barrier method) while on the study medication and for 1 additional month after study completion. Exclusion Criteria: 1. Patients who are enrolled in other symptom management clinical trials 2. Patients currently taking methylphenidate and/or dextroamphetamine 3. Patients with a history of clinically significant cutaneous drug reaction, or a history of clinically significant hypersensitivity reaction, as documented in the patient medical records 4. Patients with pre-existing psychosis or bipolar disorder 5. Patients with pre-existing renal impairment: The screening cut off for serum creatinine >1.5 times the upper limit of normal, within the past 30 days, will be done by the oncologist to qualify for CXRT. 6. Patients with pre-existing hepatic impairment: The screening for total bilirubin >25.7 µmol/L (1.5 mg/dL) will be done by the oncologist to qualify for CXRT. The screening for > 2 times the upper limit of normal hepatotoxicity, alkaline phosphatase (ALP), and alanine aminotransferase (ALT) or aspartate aminotransferase (AST) will be done by the oncologist to qualify for CXRT. 7. Patients with pre-existing Tourette's syndrome 8. Patients with hypersensitivity to any tetracyclines 9. Patients with uncontrolled cardiac disease, including angina and cardiac ischemia, left ventricular hypertrophy, myocardial infarction, and mitral valve prolapse. 10. Patients taking medicines that are strong CYP3A4 inhibitors or inducers (including conivaptan, indinavir, nelfinavir, ritonavir, nefazodone, and phenetoin), or strong CYP2C19 inhibitors (including citalopram and clopidogrel). 11. Patients on vitamin K antagonist warfarin

Additional Information

Official title A Randomized Phase II Study of Minocycline and Armodafinil for Reducing the Symptom Burden Produced by Chemoradiation Treatment for Esophageal Cancer
Principal investigator Steven H. Lin, MD, PHD
Description Study Groups: If you are eligible to take part in this study, you will be randomly assigned (as in the roll of dice) to join 1 of 4 groups. You will have an equal chance of being in any group. - Group 1 will take armodafinil and a placebo. - Group 2 will take minocycline and a placebo. - Group 3 will take armodafinil and minocycline. - Group 4 will take 2 placebos. Neither you nor the study staff you will see in the clinic will know if you are receiving the study drug(s) and/or the placebo(s). However, if needed for your safety, the study staff will be able to find out which study drug you are receiving. If needed, you will be given standard drugs to help decrease the risk of side effects. You may ask the study staff for information about how the drugs are given and their risks. Study Drug/Placebo Administration: You will take the study drug/placebo 2 times a day for 6 weeks. You should take the capsules with a full glass of water. If you get an upset stomach, take them with food. You will be given pamphlets with more information about how to take the study capsules. You should bring your study capsules to every study visit. Completing the Symptom Questionnaire: Throughout the study, you will be asked to complete a questionnaire about your symptoms. This questionnaire will ask about symptoms from therapy you may be having and how they may be interfering with your daily activities. The study staff will either meet you during your regular clinic visit or call you at your home at a time that is convenient for you. In the clinic, you will complete the questionnaire by paper and pen, or by entering your answers into an electronic tablet computer. On the phone, a study staff member will ask you the questions and record your answers. You will complete the symptom questionnaire before you begin chemoradiation and then 1 time a week for the rest of the study. The symptom questionnaire will take up to 5 minutes to complete. Study Visits: Before you begin chemoradiation: - You will complete questionnaires about pain and other symptoms, your mood, and your quality of life. Completing all 5 questionnaires will take about 15 minutes. - If you can become pregnant and you did not have a pregnancy test during screening, you will have a urine pregnancy test. The study staff will give you the urine pregnancy test kit at your scheduled visit, and will review the results before you pick up the study capsules from the pharmacy. About Week 3 or 4, you will be asked to complete a questionnaire that asks you about your satisfaction with the study capsules. This will take a few minutes. During the last week of chemoradiation (about Week 5 or 6): - You will complete 3 questionnaires about your symptoms, mood, and quality of life. These questionnaires will take about 10 minutes total to complete. - You will also be asked to complete a questionnaire that asks about your satisfaction with the study capsules. This will take a few minutes. After about Week 5 or 6, the study staff will call you 1 time a week to check on you until the study ends. This phone call should last only a few minutes. If you have had several side effects from chemoradiation, this phone call may take longer. At your first routine clinical follow-up visit (about Week 10 to 14): - You will complete the 3 questionnaires about your symptoms, mood, and quality of life. - You will also be asked to complete another questionnaire that asks about your satisfaction with the study capsules. Length of Study: You will be on study for about 10-14 weeks. You will take the study drug(s) for 6 weeks and complete the symptom survey until the end of the study. You will be taken off study early if you have intolerable side effects. This is an investigational study. Armodafinil is FDA approved and commercially available for the treatment of sleepiness. Minocycline is FDA approved and commercially available for the treatment of bacterial infections. The use of these drugs to help reduce chemoradiation symptoms is investigational. Up to 80 patients will take part in this study. All will be enrolled at MD Anderson.
Trial information was received from ClinicalTrials.gov and was last updated in November 2016.
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