St. John's Wort in Relieving Fatigue in Patients Undergoing Chemotherapy or Hormone Therapy for Cancer
RATIONALE: Giving St. John's wort may be effective in relieving fatigue in patients with cancer who are undergoing chemotherapy or hormone therapy.
PURPOSE: Randomized phase III trial to determine the effectiveness of St. John's wort in relieving fatigue in patients who are undergoing chemotherapy or hormone therapy for cancer.
Chronic Myeloproliferative Disorders
Multiple Myeloma and Plasma Cell Neoplasm
Unspecified Adult Solid Tumor, Protocol Specific
Dietary Supplement: St. John's wort
|Study Design:||Allocation: Randomized
Primary Purpose: Supportive Care
|Official Title:||Does Hypericum Reduce Fatigue in Cancer Patients on Chemotherapy? A Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Clinical Trial|
|Study Start Date:||December 1999|
|Primary Completion Date:||June 2000 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
OBJECTIVES: I. Determine the efficacy of Hypericum perforatum (St. John's Wort) in relieving fatigue in patients undergoing chemotherapy or hormonal therapy for malignant disease. II. Determine the relationship between fatigue, depression, and anxiety in these patients. III. Determine the correlation between quality of sleep and level of fatigue in these patients.
OUTLINE: This is a randomized, placebo controlled study. Patients are randomized to one of two treatment arms. Arm I: Patients receive oral Hypericum perforatum (St. John's Wort) 3 times a day. Arm II: Patients receive an oral placebo 3 times a day. Treatment continues for 6 weeks in the absence of worsening symptoms or unacceptable toxicity. Patients complete the Profile of Mood States (POMS) and the Brief Fatigue Inventory at the beginning and end of the study.
PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A total of 220 patients (110 per arm) will be accrued for this study.
|United States, New York|
|Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center|
|New York, New York, United States, 10021|
|Study Chair:||David J. Straus, MD||Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center|