Overview

This trial is active, not recruiting.

Condition head and neck cancer
Treatments computerized tasks, questionnaires
Sponsor M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
Start date November 2014
End date November 2018
Trial size 60 participants
Trial identifier NCT02255773, 2014-0511, NCI-2015-00012

Summary

The goal of this research study is to learn more about fatigue and how it affects your behavior as well as your willingness to learn new behaviors.

United States No locations recruiting
Other Countries No locations recruiting

Study Design

Allocation non-randomized
Intervention model parallel assignment
Masking open label
Primary purpose treatment
Arm
(Other)
Participants undergo assessment with three validated computerized tasks designed to measure the neurobehavioral domains of interest: the Effort Expenditure for Rewards Task (EEfRT), an associative learning task, and a set-switch task. Participants complete questionnaires assessing mood, somatic symptoms, and sleep quality, including the Multidimensional Fatigue Symptom Inventory-Short Form (MFSI-SF), the Checklist Individual Strength (CIS), and others. A 10-mL blood sample drawn for assessment of inflammatory markers and COMT and DAT1 genotype.
computerized tasks
3 computerized tasks completed to assess motivation, learning of goal-directed and habitual behavior, and flexibility in switching between behavior strategies. It should take about 60 minutes to complete all three tasks.
questionnaires Surveys
Completion of 8 questionnaires about mood, fatigue, sleep quality, and other symptoms. It should take about 30 minutes to complete these questionnaires.
(Other)
Participants undergo assessment with three validated computerized tasks designed to measure the neurobehavioral domains of interest: the Effort Expenditure for Rewards Task (EEfRT), an associative learning task, and a set-switch task. Participants complete questionnaires assessing mood, somatic symptoms, and sleep quality, including the Multidimensional Fatigue Symptom Inventory-Short Form (MFSI-SF), the Checklist Individual Strength (CIS), and others. A 10-mL blood sample drawn for assessment of inflammatory markers and COMT and DAT1 genotype.
computerized tasks
3 computerized tasks completed to assess motivation, learning of goal-directed and habitual behavior, and flexibility in switching between behavior strategies. It should take about 60 minutes to complete all three tasks.
questionnaires Surveys
Completion of 8 questionnaires about mood, fatigue, sleep quality, and other symptoms. It should take about 30 minutes to complete these questionnaires.

Primary Outcomes

Measure
Fatigue Comparison in Male Head and Neck Cancer Survivors
time frame: 1 day

Secondary Outcomes

Measure
Markers of Inflammation and Fatigue
time frame: 1 day

Eligibility Criteria

Male participants at least 18 years old.

Inclusion Criteria: 1. Male patients at least 18 years old. 2. Patients who completed either definitive or postoperative radiation or chemoradiation therapy for head and neck cancer within the past 6 weeks to 120 months. 3. Patients who speak English. 4. Patients who are willing and able to review, understand, and provide written consent. 5. Patients who agree to comply with all study procedures. Exclusion Criteria: 1. Patients with clinical evidence of active persistent cancer or progressive disease after completing planned cancer therapy, or with active recurrent cancer. 2. Patients with potential medical or other underlying causes of fatigue, as determined by the treating physician or Principal Investigator. 3. Patients with underlying cardiac or pulmonary disease resulting in dyspnea, hypoxia, or hypercapnia. 4. Patients with major depressive disorder or severe depression (a score of 22 or greater on the Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression (CES-D)); for scores of 16 or higher, we will notify the patient's treating physician within 1 working day of the screening to allow for appropriate management or referral. 5. Patients currently taking, or having taken within the previous 1 month, armodafinil, modafinil, amphetamine, or methylphenidate. 6. Patients who are enrolled and receiving active treatment in a symptom intervention trial or who are in the treatment phase of a clinical trial. 7. Patients experiencing moderate to severe pain (4 or higher on a 0 to 10 scale) at the time of screening. 8. Patients who cannot distinguish between the red and blue stimuli of the set-switch task.

Additional Information

Official title Exploring the Neuro-Immune Basis of Cancer-Related Fatigue Using Behavioral Measures
Principal investigator Robert Dantzer, PHD, DVM
Description If you agree to take part in this study, the following tests and procedures will be performed: - Blood (about 3 teaspoons) will be drawn to test for markers of inflammation and to test for genes related to brain signaling. Markers of inflammation are found in the blood and may be related to your fatigue and other symptoms. - You will complete three tasks on a computer. Some of the tasks are easy and you are already used to them, but other ones will require some learning. You will be given written instructions on how to complete them. The tasks will be completed in or near the Head and Neck Cancer outpatient clinics. It should take about 60 minutes to complete all three tasks. - You will complete 9 questionnaires about your mood, fatigue, sleep quality, and other symptoms. It should take about 30 minutes to complete these questionnaires. The questionnaires will be given a code number and stored in a locked file cabinet at MD Anderson. No identifying information will be directly linked to your questionnaires. Only the researcher in charge of the study will have access to the code numbers and be able to link the questionnaires to you. Length of Study: After you have completed the blood draw, the computerized tasks, and the questionnaires, your participation on this study will be over. Additional Information: Any information about your symptoms that is collected as part of this study is for research purposes only. The questionnaires will only be used for the purposes of this study and will be destroyed after the study results have been reported. If you describe a symptom as being severe on the symptom questionnaire, a study staff member will ask you if you have already told or plan to tell your doctor or nurse about the symptom. If you have not already told your doctor or nurse, a study staff member will tell your doctor or nurse about the symptom for you. This is an investigational study. Up to 60 participants will be enrolled in this study. All will take part at MD Anderson.
Trial information was received from ClinicalTrials.gov and was last updated in December 2016.
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