Overview

This trial is active, not recruiting.

Condition chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy
Treatments photobiomodulation, sham treatment, physiotherapy
Sponsor University of Minnesota - Clinical and Translational Science Institute
Start date January 2014
End date July 2015
Trial size 70 participants
Trial identifier NCT02000908, 2013LS085, WCC# 63

Summary

This is a 2-armed, randomized, sham-controlled, double-blinded clinical trial of photobiomodulation therapy using the Realief Therapy system. The patients will be randomized in a 3:4 ratio to treatment or sham arms.

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, outcomes assessor)
Primary purpose supportive care
Arm
(Experimental)
Each patient will be given 15-18 treatments depending on response of 30-minute duration of photobiomodulation with the Realief Therapy system, scheduled every three times weekly for 5-6 weeks. The treatments will include laser exposure of any or all of 27 differentiated areas of the legs, feet, cervical spine region and lumbar spine region, for durations of 3 to 30 minutes, based on the symptom presentation at the time. Power densities will vary from 5 to 12 watts, based on the symptom presentations through the course of therapy.
photobiomodulation
The photobiomodulation delivered by Realief Therapy involves amplitude wavelength light delivered by a class IV therapeutic laser.
(Sham Comparator)
The placebo group will receive sham treatment, during which a heat probe will be guided over both lower extremities over a period of 30 minutes, consistent with the treatment arm. The laser device will be activated during the treatment so that the visual and auditory environment prior to therapy will be the same for both treatment and sham control. After 8 weeks of sham treatment the subjects in this arm will be offered the photobiomodulation combined with physiotherapy.
photobiomodulation
The photobiomodulation delivered by Realief Therapy involves amplitude wavelength light delivered by a class IV therapeutic laser.
sham treatment
All patients in sham treatment arm cross over to laser therapy followed by physiotherapy
physiotherapy
Chiropractic massage and lymphedema treatment

Primary Outcomes

Measure
Improvement of total neuropathy score
time frame: 8 weeks

Secondary Outcomes

Measure
Impact of 1 month treatment delay
time frame: 1 month
Time to improvement in initial neuropathy score
time frame: 8 weeks
Time to maximum improvement in neuropathy score
time frame: 8 weeks
Effect of treatment after discontinuation of therapy
time frame: 16 weeks
Response to combination of physiotherapy and photobiomodulation
time frame: 16 weeks

Eligibility Criteria

Female participants at least 18 years old.

Inclusion Criteria: - Patients will have stable or worsening neuropathy (≥grade 2 CTCAE) after the completion of chemotherapy, with a presumptive remission. Patients who are interested in enrollment will have a baseline neuropathy assessment followed by a second evaluation 1 month later to confirm that the neuropathy is not spontaneously improving (greater than 10% improvement in their mTNS). - Patients will be 18 years or older at the time of signing the consent. - Patients must have GOG performance status of 0, 1, 2, or 3 (see appendix III), and be able to communicate both their symptoms and report the response to neurologic testing. - Patients must have recovered from the acute and remediable effects of surgery, radiation therapy and/or chemoradiotherapy. At least 3 weeks must have elapsed from the last administration of chemotherapy, and at least three weeks must have elapsed from the last administration of a complete radiation therapy regimen alone or chemoradiation therapy. - Patients with pre-existing neuropathy will be eligible, provided that they have not previously undergone laser therapy for the treatment of their condition. - Patients must be sterile or on adequate birth control. - Patients must have willingly signed an approved consent form, be willing to be randomized to intervention or sham therapy, and be willing to be blinded from directly observing therapy. Patients completing sham therapy will be offered Realief Therapy in conjunction with physiotherapy free of charge. - Patients must be able to attend therapy at the Realief Neuropathy Center in St. Louis Park as dictated by the requirements of the protocol (3 times/week for up to 8 weeks as well as once 8 weeks following the completion of therapy) AND be evaluated at the University of Minnesota's Gynecologic Cancer Clinic for study assessments (4 planned assessments during and after therapy). Every effort will be made to co-ordinate these visits with routine health maintenance. - Life expectancy >6 months Exclusion Criteria: - Patients who have previously received a laser-based therapy for the treatment of neuropathy will be considered ineligible. - Patients with a > 10% improvement from the initial mTNS assessment to the mTNS assessment at the time of study enrollment (four weeks from the original assessment). - Patients with evidence of direct tumor involvement of the nervous system (central or peripheral) will be considered ineligible. - Patients who are pregnant will be considered ineligible. Class 4 lasers have been inadequately studied in this setting to conclude that there is no risk to a developing fetus. - Patients with the inability to tolerate therapy or blinding due to co-morbid medical or psychiatric illness. - Patients in active treatment of cancer will not be considered eligible.

Additional Information

Official title Prospective, Randomized, Double Blind Study of Photobiomodulation Therapy Using the Realief Therapy System for the Treatment of Chemotherapy-associated Peripheral Neuropathy
Principal investigator Peter Argenta, MD
Description The treatments will be administered by a Realief Neuropathy Center therapist. The target surface area and treatment durations will be dictated by the Realief Therapy protocol according to their proprietary algorithm, which includes assessment of geographic areas involved and the degree of neuropathy experienced. For the trial, each patient will be given 18 treatments of 30-minute duration, scheduled every three times weekly. The treatments will include laser exposure of any or all of 27 differentiated areas of the legs, feet, cervical spine region and lumbar spine region, for durations of 3 to 30 minutes, based on the symptom presentation at the time. Power densities will vary from 5 to 12 watts, based on the symptom presentations through the course of therapy.
Trial information was received from ClinicalTrials.gov and was last updated in September 2016.
Information provided to ClinicalTrials.gov by University of Minnesota - Clinical and Translational Science Institute.