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Feasibility Study of Simvastatin in Hodgkin's Lymphoma Survivors

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT00746603
Recruitment Status : Terminated (Poor enrollment)
First Posted : September 4, 2008
Last Update Posted : July 19, 2013
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Columbia University

Brief Summary:

Lay abstract: Study Purpose With contemporary combined modality therapy the expected longterm survival of children and adolescents with Hodgkin's disease (HD) is exceedingly high. Thus, the emphasis for future therapeutic interventions must include attention to the late effects of therapy. The development of cardiovascular disease as a late effect of radiation therapy has been well described and documented. Our recent pilot study of child and young adult HD survivors revealed significant subclinical atherosclerosis as evidenced by increased Carotid Artery Intima Media Thickness (CIMT) compared to controls. The higher CIMT values were positively associated with increasing age, total cholesterol, LDLcholesterol and diastolic BP. This finding was present in children and young adults who had received no or low dose radiation suggesting that chemotherapy or the disease process itself contributes to the development of atherosclerosis and risk for cardiovascular disease. Numerous studies have shown HMG CoA reductase inhibitors ("statins") to be effective in reducing the progression of atherosclerosis in adults. These agents have been studied in children and young adults for over a decade.

The primary aim of this study is:

To obtain pilot safety data on the use of simvastatin in young adults treated for HD.

The secondary aims of this study are:

To obtain pilot data on the effect of simvastatin on subclinical carotid artery atherosclerosis as measured by Carotid Artery IMT in young adults treated for HD.

To obtain pilot data on the effect of simvastatin on markers of inflammation measured in the serum of young adults treated for HD.

To obtain pilot data to serve as the basis for the development of a multicenter randomized study for the use of simvastatin in survivors of HD.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Carotid Artery Disease Drug: Simvastatin Not Applicable

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 18 participants
Allocation: Non-Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Official Title: A Feasibility Study to Evaluate the Safety of Simvastatin in Young Adults Treated for Hodgkin's Disease
Study Start Date : January 2008
Actual Primary Completion Date : July 2009
Actual Study Completion Date : July 2009

Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: 1
Escalating dose of simvastatin
Drug: Simvastatin
All patients will start at 10mg of simvastatin, and then, based on results of interim evaluation escalated to 20mg and then 40. Patients will stay on maximally tolerated dose of drug until the end of the study at 26 weeks.

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Liver Function Tests and Creatine Kinase [ Time Frame: every 4 weeks x 3, then at 26 weeks ]

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Carotid Artery Intima Media Thickness [ Time Frame: 26 weeks ]

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 35 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • At least three years from completion of treatment for Hodgkin's Disease
  • Age 18- 35
  • Ability to complete self report questionnaires in either English or Spanish
  • Willingness of patient, or parent/guardian if patient less than 18 years of age to sign consent to participate in study
  • Willingness of patient to sign assent if greater than 7 years of age and less than 18 years

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Pregnant or breast feeding
  • Tanner Stage 1
  • Currently taking cyclosporine, niacin, antiretrovirals, macrolide antibiotic, azole antifungal
  • Liver enzymes greater than 1.5 times the upper level of normal
  • Creatine Kinase greater than 2 times the upper level of normal
  • Use of estrogen containing contraceptive

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00746603

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United States, New York
Columbia Univeristy Medical Center
New York, New York, United States, 10032
Sponsors and Collaborators
Columbia University
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
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Principal Investigator: Jennifer Levine, MD Columbia Univeristy Medical Center
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Responsible Party: Columbia University Identifier: NCT00746603    
Other Study ID Numbers: AAAB4447
First Posted: September 4, 2008    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: July 19, 2013
Last Verified: July 2013
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Carotid Artery Diseases
Cerebrovascular Disorders
Brain Diseases
Central Nervous System Diseases
Nervous System Diseases
Vascular Diseases
Cardiovascular Diseases
Anticholesteremic Agents
Hypolipidemic Agents
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Lipid Regulating Agents
Hydroxymethylglutaryl-CoA Reductase Inhibitors
Enzyme Inhibitors