Esophageal Cancer Clinical Trial
Oral Cryotherapy Plus Acupressure and Acupuncture Versus Oral Cryotherapy for Decreasing Chemotherapy-Induced Peripheral Neuropathy From Oxaliplatin-Based Chemotherapy in Patients With Gastrointestinal Cancer
This phase II trial investigates how well oral cryotherapy plus acupressure and acupuncture compared with oral cryotherapy alone work in decreasing chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy in patients with gastrointestinal cancer who are receiving oxaliplatin-based chemotherapy. Acupressure is the application of pressure or localized massage to specific sites on the body to control symptoms such as pain or nausea. Acupuncture is the technique of inserting thin needles through the skin at specific points on the body to control pain and other symptoms. Cryotherapy uses cold temperature such as oral ice chips to prevent abnormally increased pain sensation. Giving oral cryotherapy with acupressure and acupuncture may work better in decreasing chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy from oxaliplatin-based chemotherapy in patients with gastrointestinal cancer compared to oral cryotherapy alone.
OUTLINE: Patients are randomized to 1 of 2 arms.
ARM I: Patients undergo acupuncture during chemotherapy infusion on day 1 and fluorouracil pump disconnect on day 3 of each biweekly chemotherapy infusion over 12 weeks. Patients also undergo self-administered acupressure over 11 minutes daily for 12 weeks and undergo standard of care oral cryotherapy.
ARM II: Patients undergo standard of care oral cryotherapy.
GI cancer (primary esophagus, gastric, pancreas, biliary, liver, small bowel, appendix, colon, rectal, anal, or gastrointestinal/pancreatic neuroendocrine tumor) scheduled to receive a new start of fluorouracil (5-FU), oxaliplatin, +/- irinotecan (fluorouracil/leucovorin calcium/oxaliplatin [FOLFOX], fluorouracil/irinotecan/leucovorin calcium/oxaliplatin [FOLFIRINOX], leucovorin/fluorouracil/oxaliplatin/irinotecan [FOLFOXIRI] regimens) with plan for >= 3 months of therapy with the regimen. Chemotherapy can be given for neoadjuvant, adjuvant, or palliative intent. 1 dose (cycle) of the intended regimen is permitted prior to study enrollment.
** There is no limitation on the addition of a biologic agent to one of the above chemotherapy regimens, including, but not limited to: bevacizumab, cetuximab, panitumumab, trastuzumab, or the biosimilars of these agents
Absolute neutrophil count > 0.5 thousand/microL
Platelet count > 20 thousand/microL
Not currently pregnant
Ability to understand and the willingness to sign a written informed consent document
Baseline peripheral neuropathy from any cause
Planned oxaliplatin with capecitabine
Planned initial dose of oxaliplatin < 100% of the standard regimen-specified dose. For most regimens, this would be 85 mg/m^2 intravenously (IV) dosed every 14 days
Receipt of acupuncture treatment in the prior 3 months
Use of concomitant duloxetine for minimization of neuropathy
Psychiatric illness/social situations that would limit compliance with study requirements
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