Overview

This trial is active, not recruiting.

Condition breast cancer
Treatments melatonin, placebo
Phase phase 0
Sponsor Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Start date October 2006
End date March 2009
Trial size 95 participants
Trial identifier NCT01805089, 05-305

Summary

The purpose of this research study is to determine whether melatonin taken every night can affect blood levels of estrogen or IGF (insulin-growth factor levels). Both IGF and estrogen are normally produced in the body and may influence breast cancer risk. Melatonin is also naturally produced in the body. Laboratory studies have shown that melatonin may decrease cancer growth and influence estrogen and IGF levels. Melatonin's effects on sleep, hot flashes, and mood will also be measured.

United States No locations recruiting
Other Countries No locations recruiting

Study Design

Allocation randomized
Endpoint classification efficacy study
Intervention model parallel assignment
Masking double blind (subject, caregiver, investigator)
Primary purpose treatment
Arm
(Active Comparator)
Taken orally, once per day, at/around 9:00pm
melatonin
(Placebo Comparator)
Taken orally, once per day, at/around 9:00pm
placebo

Primary Outcomes

Measure
Evaluate plasma levels after 4 month course of melatonin or placebo
time frame: 2 years
Evaluate compliance
time frame: 2 years

Secondary Outcomes

Measure
Evaluate melatonin vs. placebo on mood, sleep quality and menopausal symptoms
time frame: 2 years

Eligibility Criteria

Female participants at least 18 years old.

Inclusion Criteria: - History of ductal carcinoma in situ, lobular carcinoma in situ or stages 1-3 breast cancer - Not currently receiving chemotherapy or hormonal therapy - Postmenopausal Exclusion Criteria: - Stage IV breast cancer or systemic recurrences - Prior malignancies of any type other than breast cancer, basal or squamous cell carcinoma of the skin or carcinoma in situ of the cervix - Use of adjuvant hormonal therapy, oral estrogen or progesterone replacement therapy, lutenizing hormone releasing hormone agonists currently or within the past 60 days - Concomitant use of beta-blockers - Concomitant nightly use of sleep aids at bedtime - Working more than one overnight shift per month on a regular basis - Concomitant use of postmenopausal hormone replacement therapy - Concomitant use of black cohosh, flaxseed or soy in pill or supplement form - Use of any type of oral melatonin supplementation within the past 30 days - Use of warfarin (coumadin) within the past 30 days - Active seizure disorder requiring the use of daily anti-epileptic medication

Additional Information

Official title A Randomized Trial of Oral Melatonin Supplementation in Breast Cancer Survivors
Principal investigator Wendy Chen, MD
Description If you agree to participate in this study you will be asked to undergo a blood test to find out if you are eligible. Approximately 2 tablespoons of blood will be drawn. The blood test will check your health and menopausal status. This test will aslo be used to help measure any additional effects of the study drug on your body. If you have had a blood test recently, it may or may not have to be repeated. If these tests show that you are eligible to participate in the research study, you will begin the study. If you do not meet the eligibility criteria, you will not be able to participate. Because no one knows which of the study options is best, and all of the options are considered likely to work, you will be "randomized" into one of the study groups: melatonin or placebo. Randomization means that you are put into a group by chance. It is like flipping a coin. Neither you nor the research doctor will choose what group you will be in. You will have an equal chance of being placed in either group. Neither you nor the research doctor will know what group you are in. You will not know the identity of your study treatment until after the final research analysis has taken place. Once this has happened, you will be mailed a letter from the principal research doctor telling you which study drug you received while on study. You will be given a study drug and it will either contain melatonin or placebo (pills with no medical effect). You will take one tablet by mouth every night as close to 9:00 pm as possible. You should not make up missed doses. You will be given enough study drug to last 4 months. You will also be given a study medication-dosing calendar to write down times you took the study drug for each month you are taking the study drug. Before taking the study drug, you will have blood tests to look at the level of estrogen and IGF in your blood. Approximately 2 tablespoons of blood will be drawn. At this visit, you will also be asked to complete a questionnaire that will take approximately 15 minutes. A member of the research study staff will check in by telephone once a month to monitor your experiences on the research study. You may also contact a member of the research study staff at any time if you have any questions or concerns. You should tell your research doctor if you are currently taking black cohosh, flaxseed or soy in pill or supplement form, as it may affect your participation in this research study. After you have completed approximately 4 months of study drug, you will return to clinic to see a member of the research study staff. At this visit you will have the following tests and procedures: You will have blood tests to look at the level of estrogen and IGF in your blood. Approximately 2 tablespoons of blood will be drawn. You must return your study medication-dosing calendar and all of your pill bottles at the end of the research study to a member of the research study staff. You wil also be asked to complete a questionnaire that will take about 15 minutes.
Trial information was received from ClinicalTrials.gov and was last updated in March 2013.
Information provided to ClinicalTrials.gov by Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.