Fatigue, Sleep and Cytokines in Primary Brain Tumor (PBT) Patients
This goal of this research study is to learn more about fatigue, sleep quality, and other symptoms in patients with primary brain tumors who are being treated with radiation therapy.
1. The primary objective of this study is to provide preliminary data describing the severity and change over time in fatigue using the Brief Fatigue Inventory (BFI) during radiation therapy for patients with primary gliomas.
- To evaluate longitudinal changes in the severity of symptoms and the mean symptom burden as measured by the M.D. Anderson Symptom Inventory-Brain Tumor Module (MDASI-BT) and mood using the Profile of Mood States (POMS) during radiation therapy.
- To assess alterations in circadian rhythms using actigraphy during radiation therapy and the association with sleep quality tools - Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index (PSQI) and the Epworth Sleepiness Scale(ESS), and the severity of BFI and MDASI-BT scores over time.
- To explore the association between the levels of salivary hormones (melatonin and cortisol) and the occurrence of fatigue and symptom burden.
|Study Design:||Observational Model: Cohort
Time Perspective: Prospective
|Official Title:||Relationship Among Fatigue, Symptoms, Melatonin and Sleep in PBT Patients Undergoing Radiation Therapy|
- Patient Responses to Brief Fatigue Inventory (BFI) [ Time Frame: BFI at baseline, at each weekly assessment, and again at the post-therapy assessment (3-4 weeks following chemotherapy). ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
|Study Start Date:||January 2009|
|Primary Completion Date:||December 2013 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
A total of 8 questionnaires regarding fatigue taking approximately 30 minutes each, given before radiation therapy, weekly during, and after completion.
Other Name: Survey
If you decide to take part in this study, before starting radiation therapy, weekly during radiation therapy, and again 3-4 weeks and 6-8 weeks after completing radiation therapy, you will complete 4 questionnaires. Three (3) of the questionnaires will be completed during a study visit, and the last 1 will be completed at home the next time you come into the clinic. You will return the questionnaire completed at home to the study doctor at a study visit. The questionnaires will ask questions about fatigue, any symptoms you may have, and your sleeping habits. It should take about 30 minutes total to complete all of the questionnaires each time.
You will complete a sleep diary. The sleep diary will be provided to you before starting radiation therapy. You will record information in it about your sleep habits, caffeinated beverages and drugs you may take, the quality of your sleep, and how you feel when you wake up. You will complete the sleep diary during the 48 hours that you are wearing the actigraphy watch. You will bring the sleep diary to the clinic every week for the study doctor to review.
You will wear an actigraphy watch on your wrist for 48 hours before starting radiation therapy, for 48 hours each week during radiation therapy, and again for 48 hours 3-4 weeks and 6-8 weeks after completing radiation therapy. The actigraphy watch will measure your activity during the day and night. You will bring the actigraphy watch to the clinic every week for the study doctor to review.
You will collect a saliva sample four times during the day before starting radiation therapy, one time during the third and last week of radiation therapy, and again 3-4 weeks and 6-8 weeks after completing radiation therapy. These samples will be used to measure levels of neurotransmitters and hormone levels. These are substances which are released in the body that may affect sleep and the immune system.
Length of Study:
You will remain on study for about 8 weeks after you complete radiation therapy.
This is an investigational study. Up to 20 patients will take part in this study. All will be enrolled at M.D. Anderson.
|United States, Texas|
|UT MD Anderson Cancer Center|
|Houston, Texas, United States, 77030|
|Principal Investigator:||Mark R. Gilbert||UT MD Anderson Cancer Center|