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Patient Education in Preventing Nausea and Vomiting in Cancer Patients Receiving Chemotherapy

Information source: National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Information obtained from ClinicalTrials.gov on March 24, 2008
Link to the current ClinicalTrials.gov record.

Condition(s) targeted: Nausea and Vomiting; Unspecified Adult Solid Tumor, Protocol Specific

Intervention: ondansetron (Drug); nausea and vomiting therapy (Procedure)

Phase: N/A

Status: Active, not recruiting

Sponsored by: James P. Wilmot Cancer Center

Official(s) and/or principal investigator(s):
Gary R. Morrow, PhD, MS, Study Chair, Affiliation: James P. Wilmot Cancer Center


RATIONALE: Patient education may improve the effectiveness of ondansetron in preventing nausea and vomiting in patients receiving chemotherapy.

PURPOSE: This randomized clinical trial is studying how well patient education works in preventing nausea and vomiting in cancer patients receiving chemotherapy.

Clinical Details

Official title: Patient Information and Antiemetic Drug Efficacy

Study design: Other, Randomized

Detailed description: OBJECTIVES: I. Determine whether an educational intervention to enhance the effectiveness of ondansetron can prevent acute postchemotherapy nausea and emesis in cancer patients. II. Assess any potential effectiveness of the intervention on delayed postchemotherapy nausea and emesis in these patients. III. Examine the effect of the intervention on patient expectations.

OUTLINE: This is a randomized, double blind, multicenter study. Patients are stratified by center and chemotherapy agent (cisplatin vs carboplatin vs doxorubicin). Patients are randomized to one of two treatment arms. Arm I: Patients receive standard educational materials. Arm II: Patients receive specific intervention material in addition to standard educational materials. Patients then complete a patient information questionnaire. Patients receive ondansetron orally or IV over 10-15 minutes in addition to the first 2 courses of chemotherapy. Patients complete a nausea and emesis questionnaire after each of their first 2 chemotherapy treatments.

PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A total of 300 patients (150 per treatment arm) will be accrued for this study.


Minimum age: 18 Years. Maximum age: N/A. Gender(s): Both.


DISEASE CHARACTERISTICS: Chemotherapy naive with diagnosis of any cancer scheduled to receive chemotherapy containing cisplatin, carboplatin, or doxorubicin

PATIENT CHARACTERISTICS: Age: 18 and over Performance status: Not specified Life expectancy: Not specified Hematopoietic: Not specified Hepatic: Not specified Renal: Not specified

PRIOR CONCURRENT THERAPY: See Disease Characteristics

Locations and Contacts

Hackensack University Medical Center, Hackensack, New Jersey 07601, United States

CCOP - Syracuse Hematology-Oncology Associates of Central New York, P.C., Syracuse, New York 13210, United States

University of Rochester Cancer Center, Rochester, New York 14642, United States

CCOP - Southeast Cancer Control Consortium, Winston-Salem, North Carolina 27104-4241, United States

Additional Information

Clinical trial summary from the National Cancer Institute's PDQ® database

Starting date: August 2000
Last updated: October 25, 2007

Page last updated: March 24, 2008

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