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Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy in Treating Long-Term Gastrointestinal Adverse Effects Caused by Radiation Therapy in Patients With Pelvic Cancer

Basic Trial Information
Trial Description
     Summary
     Further Trial Information
     Eligibility Criteria
Trial Contact Information

Basic Trial Information

PhaseTypeStatusAgeSponsorProtocol IDs
Phase IIIHealth services research, Supportive careActiveOver 18OtherCDR0000667367
RMH-CCR3086, EUDRACT-2008-002152-26, EU-21010, MREC-08/H0903/40, NCT01087268

Trial Description

Summary

RATIONALE: Radiation therapy can cause long-term adverse effects. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy may be effective in lessening gastrointestinal symptoms caused by radiation therapy given for pelvic cancer. It is not yet known whether high-pressure oxygen is effective in treating adverse effects caused by radiation therapy.

PURPOSE: This randomized phase III trial is studying hyperbaric oxygen therapy to see how well it works in treating long-term gastrointestinal adverse effects caused by radiation therapy in patients with pelvic cancer.

Further Study Information

OBJECTIVES:

  • To determine the clinical benefits of hyperbaric oxygen therapy in reducing dysfunction in patients with pelvic cancer developing iatrogenic gastrointestinal symptoms as a result of previous radical pelvic radiotherapy completed at least one year ago.

OUTLINE: This is a multicenter study. Patients are stratified according to center and severity of symptoms (low vs high). Patients are randomized to 1 of 2 treatment arms.

  • Arm I (treatment group): Patients undergo hyperbaric oxygen therapy over 90 minutes, 5 days a week, for 8 weeks for a total of 40 treatments. Oxygen at 100% is breathed for 30 minutes, followed by a 5-minute "air break" and a further 30 minutes of breathing oxygen. A further 5-minute "air break" is followed by a further 30 minutes of breathing oxygen. During the final 10 minutes of oxygen breathing, the chamber is depressurized to ambient atmospheric pressure at a linear rate (14.2 kPa/min).
  • Arm II (control group): Patients undergo hyperbaric oxygen therapy over 90 minutes, 5 days a week, for 8 weeks for a total of 40 treatments. Oxygen at 21% is breathed for 30 minutes, followed by a 5-minute "air break" and a further 30 minutes of breathing oxygen. A further 5-minute "air break" is followed by a further 30 minutes of breathing oxygen. During the final 10 minutes of oxygen breathing, the chamber is depressurized to ambient atmospheric pressure at a linear rate (3 kPa/min).

Tissue samples from rectal biopsies may be collected and analyzed.

Patients complete questionnaires (Health Economics, Inflammatory Bowel Disease Questionnaire [IBDQ], EORTC Quality of Life [QLQ]-C30, and QLQ-CR38) at baseline and then at 3, 6, 9, and 12 months after the start of treatment.

After completion of study treatment, patients are followed within 14 days and at 10 months.

Eligibility Criteria

DISEASE CHARACTERISTICS:

  • Past history of rectal, prostate, testicular, bladder, uterine cervix, uterine corpus, vaginal, or ovarian cancer
  • Malignant disease (T1-3, N0-1, M0)
  • No evidence of cancer recurrence
  • Gastrointestinal symptoms attributable to prior radiotherapy received at least 1 year ago, meeting 1 of the following criteria:
  • Grade 2 or higher in any Late Effects in Normal Tissues Subjective, Objective, Management, and Analytic Scales (LENT SOMA) category
  • Grade 1 with difficult intermittent symptoms
  • Symptoms are not relieved by appropriate life-style advice and medication over a 3-month period

PATIENT CHARACTERISTICS:

  • Must be physically and psychologically fit to undergo hyperbaric oxygen therapy
  • No claustrophobia
  • No epilepsy
  • No chronic obstructive airway disease, bullous lung disease, acute or chronic pulmonary infection, uncontrolled asthma, or untreated pneumothorax
  • No previous middle/inner ear operations (except grommets and similar procedures) and/or inability to equalize middle ear pressure
  • No contraindication or other inability to undergo magnetic resonance imaging, if required to rule out malignancy

PRIOR CONCURRENT THERAPY:

  • See Disease Characteristics
  • No prior surgery for rectal cancer
  • No prior hyperbaric oxygen therapy (excluding treatment for decompression illness)
  • No prior treatment with bleomycin

Trial Contact Information

Trial Lead Organizations/Sponsors

Royal Marsden - Surrey

John Robert YarnoldPrincipal Investigator

Trial Sites

United Kingdom
England
  Sutton
 Royal Marsden - Surrey
 Contact Person Ph: 44-20-8661-3388

Link to the current ClinicalTrials.gov record.
NLM Identifer NCT01087268
ClinicalTrials.gov processed this data on January 15, 2014

Note: Information about this trial is from the ClinicalTrials.gov database. The versions designated for health professionals and patients contain the same text. Minor changes may be made to the ClinicalTrials.gov record to standardize the names of study sponsors, sites, and contacts. Cancer.gov only lists sites that are recruiting patients for active trials, whereas ClinicalTrials.gov lists all sites for all trials. Questions and comments regarding the presented information should be directed to ClinicalTrials.gov.

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