Preventing Chemotherapy-Induced Neuropathy
Name of the Trial
Why This Trial Is Important
The peripheral neuropathy associated with platinum-based chemotherapy can be either acute or chronic. Acute peripheral neuropathy may begin during or shortly after administration of a platinum-containing drug and usually goes away on its own after several days. Chronic peripheral neuropathy may arise weeks or months after chemotherapy treatment and may be difficult to treat; in some patients, it may be irreversible.
In this trial, researchers are testing the ability of alpha-lipoic acid to prevent peripheral neuropathy caused by the platinum-containing drugs cisplatin and oxaliplatin. Alpha-lipoic acid is an antioxidant produced naturally by the body; it can also be found in some foods and as a nutritional supplement. In patients with diabetes, it has been shown to relieve symptoms of neuropathy.
"Peripheral neuropathy is a potentially disabling condition that affects many cancer patients treated with platinum-based chemotherapy," said Dr. Guo. "We hope that alpha-lipoic acid will help prevent this condition in patients undergoing chemotherapy with cisplatin or oxaliplatin."
Patients in this trial will be randomly assigned to receive oral alpha-lipoic acid or a placebo three times a day for at least 24 weeks.
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