Houston, Texas 77030


This phase II trial studies how well anamorelin hydrochloride, physical activity, and nutritional counseling work in decreasing cancer-related fatigue in patients with incurable solid tumors that have spread to other parts of the body or have come back. Anamorelin hydrochloride, physical activity, and nutritional counseling may help to decrease cancer-related fatigue in patients with solid tumors.

Study summary:

PRIMARY OBJECTIVES: I. To evaluate changes in the Functional Assessment of Cancer Illness Therapy-Fatigue (FACIT-F) subscale score at day 43 +/- 3 days compared to baseline in patients with advanced cancer receiving oral anamorelin hydrochloride (anamorelin) 100 mg daily and standardized physical activity and nutritional counseling. SECONDARY OBJECTIVES: I. To examine the effects of anamorelin and standardized physical activity and nutritional counseling on health-related quality of life and patient reported outcomes as measured by the Multidimensional Fatigue Symptom Inventory-Short Form (MFSI-SF), Patient Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System (PROMIS) - Fatigue, Hospital Anxiety Depression Scale (HADS), Edmonton Symptom Assessment Scale (ESAS), Functional Assessment of Cancer Therapy (FACT-G) and its Functional Assessment of Anorexia/Cachexia Treatment (FAACT) subscale in these patients. II. To examine the side effects and tolerability of anamorelin in these patients. EXPLORATORY OBJECTIVES: I. To explore the effects of anamorelin and standardized physical activity and nutritional counseling on muscle function (as measured by the 30 second chair stand test, 6 minute walk test, day time activity [accelerometer], body composition [as measured by INBODY], and resting energy expenditure [measured by indirect calorimetry]). II. To characterize the effects of anamorelin on potential inflammatory biomarkers of cancer-related fatigue (CRF) (C-Reactive Protein [CRP], monocyte IL-6&R, TNF-a&R, IL-10, IL-8, IL-1&RA; IGF-1). III. To explore the effects of anamorelin on sleep as measured by the Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index (PSQI). IV. To determine the association between change in FACIT-F scores and changes in muscle function, day time activity, and body composition, in patients with advanced cancer receiving oral anamorelin 100 mg daily and standardized physical activity and nutritional counseling. OUTLINE: Patients receive anamorelin hydrochloride orally (PO) once daily (QD) and undergo physical activity consisting of resistance exercises and a home walking program. Treatment continues for up to 6 weeks in the absence of disease progression or unacceptable toxicity. Patients also undergo nutritional counseling on day 21. After completion of study treatment, patients are followed up on day 71.


Inclusion Criteria: - Patient with a diagnosis of advanced cancer (metastatic or recurrent incurable solid tumors excluding prostate cancer) - Presence of fatigue on FACIT-F subscale of =< 34 on a 0 to 52 scale (in which 52 = no fatigue and 0 = worst possible fatigue) - Patient should describe fatigue as being present for a minimum of 2 weeks prior to screening - CRP must be >= 3 mg/l in the absence of any other more likely cause of increased CRP like an infection or an autoimmune disorder - No evidence of moderate to severe depression as determined by a HADS depression score of =< 13 - Presence of unintentional weight loss ranging from >= 2 - =< 15% in last 12 months - Uncontrolled pain; if patient is on opioids for the treatment of cancer pain, he/she must have had no major dose change (> 25%) for at least 48 hours prior to study entry; the dose of morphine equivalent daily should not exceed 120 mg/day unless approved by the principal investigator (PI); change in opioid dose after study entry is allowed - Patient must be willing to engage in telephone follow up with research staff - Patient must have telephone access to be contacted by the research staff - Hemoglobin level of >= 9 g/dL - Estimated life expectancy of > 4 months at the time of screening - Aspartate transaminase (AST) and alanine transaminase (ALT) levels =< 5 x upper limit of normal (ULN) Exclusion Criteria: - Major contraindications to anamorelin e.g. hypersensitivity - Regularly engaged in moderate or vigorous-intensity exercise for at least 5 times a week - Inability to complete the baseline assessment forms or to understand the recommendations for participation in the study - Pregnant or lactating women, childbearing age women who are not on birth control; negative pregnancy test for women of childbearing potential, as defined by intact uterus and ovaries, and a history of menses within the last 12 months; pregnancy test to be performed no greater than 14 days prior to consent in study; in cases of women with elevated b-HCG, these candidates will be eligible to participate so long as the level of b-HCG is not consistent with pregnancy; women of childbearing potential need to be on or use contraception, or be abstinent during the study period; their male partners must also use contraception (condom) or maintain abstinence; birth controls specifications: women who are able to become pregnant must use birth control during the study and for 30 days after the last anamorelin dose; acceptable forms of birth control include barrier methods (such as condom or diaphragm) with spermicide - Uncontrolled diabetes mellitus (fasting blood sugar > 200 mg/dl) at screening - Male patients with a history of untreated hypogonadism - Patients on drugs with strong CYP 3A4 inhibitors within the previous two weeks (ketoconazole, clarithromycin, itraconazole, nefazodone, telithromycin) - Patients on drugs that may prolong the PR or QRS interval durations, such as any of the class I/sodium (Na+) channel blocking antiarrhythmic medications should be avoided (e.g. flecainide, procainamide, propafenone, quinidine) - Patients with untreated clinically relevant hypothyroidism - Patients currently on investigational therapies will be evaluated by the PI on a case by case basis and study participation approval will be obtained from the treating oncologist - Patients with prostate cancer



Primary Contact:

Principal Investigator
Sriram Yennu
M.D. Anderson Cancer Center

Sriram Yennu, MD
Phone: 713-792-6085
Email: syennu@mdanderson.org

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Location Contact:

Houston, Texas 77030
United States

Sriram Yennu
Phone: 713-792-6085

Site Status: Recruiting

Data Source: ClinicalTrials.gov

Date Processed: January 21, 2020

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