The Use of Selenium to Treat Secondary Lymphedema - Breast Cancer

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Basic Trial Information

PhaseTypeStatusAgeSponsorProtocol IDs
Phase IISupportive careCompleted18 and overOtherUHN REB 03-0741-C

Trial Description


The primary objective of this study to assess the effectiveness of selenium compared to placebo in reducing the lymphedema in-patients with breast cancer. Secondary objectives are to assess the impact of selenium on patient's quality of life and to assess the incidence of adverse effects of selenium therapy.

Eligibility Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • patients with clinically documented lymphedema of upper limb secondary to breast cancer management (surgery - axillary nodal dissection, and radiotherapy)
  • patients who have had other modalities of management can be included, e.g. physical therapy, pharmacological therapy
  • ECOG performance 0-2
  • informed consent

Exclusion Criteria:

  • active cellulitis/skin infection of the limb
  • venous thrombosis of the upper limbs
  • active malignancy
  • any other medical condition or congenital or traumatic injury involving either limb
  • patients already on selenium medication
  • patients participating in another clinical study related to lymphedema

Trial Contact Information

Trial Lead Organizations/Sponsors

Toronto Western Hospital

  • Princess Margaret Hospital
Wilfred Levin, MD, Principal Investigator

Link to the current record.
NLM Identifier NCT00188604 processed this data on April 09, 2015

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