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Title: N08C9 (Alliance): A Phase 3 Randomized Study of Sulfasalazine Versus Placebo in the Prevention of Acute Diarrhea in Patients Receiving Pelvic Radiation Therapy

Abstract

Purpose: To provide confirmatory evidence on the use of sulfasalazine to reduce enteritis during pelvic radiation therapy (RT), following 2 prior single-institution trials suggestive that benefit existed. Methods and Materials: A multi-institution, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled phase 3 trial was designed to assess the efficacy of sulfasalazine versus placebo in the treatment of RT-related enteritis during RT including the posterior pelvis (45.0-53.5 Gy) and conducted through a multicenter national cooperative research alliance. Patients received 1000 mg of sulfasalazine or placebo orally twice daily during and for 4 weeks after RT. The primary endpoint was maximum severity of diarrhea (Common Terminology Criteria for Adverse Events version 4.0). Toxicity and bowel function were assessed by providers through a self-administered bowel function questionnaire taken weekly during RT and for 6 weeks afterward. Results: Eighty-seven patients were enrolled in the trial between April 29, 2011, and May 13, 2013, with evenly distributed baseline factors. At the time of a planned interim toxicity analysis, more patients with grade ≥3 diarrhea received sulfasalazine than received placebo (29% vs 11%, P=.04). A futility analysis showed that trial continuation would be unlikely to yield a positive result, and a research board recommended halting study treatment. Final analysis of the primary endpoint showed no significantmore » difference in maximum diarrhea severity between the sulfasalazine and placebo arms (P=.41). Conclusions: Sulfasalazine does not reduce enteritis during pelvic RT and may be associated with a higher risk of adverse events than placebo. This trial illustrates the importance of confirmatory phase 3 trials in the evaluation of symptom-control agents.« less

Authors:
 [1];  [2]; ;  [3];  [1];  [4];  [5];  [6];  [7];  [8];  [1];  [9]
  1. Department of Radiation Oncology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota (United States)
  2. Rapid City Regional Oncology Group, Rapid City, South Dakota (United States)
  3. Division of Biomedical Statistics and Informatics, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota (United States)
  4. Upstate Carolina Community Clinical Oncology Program, Spartanburg, South Carolina (United States)
  5. Carle Cancer Center CCOP, Urbana, Illinois (United States)
  6. Altru Health Systems, Grand Forks, North Dakota (United States)
  7. Toledo Community Hospital Oncology Program CCOP, Toledo, Ohio (United States)
  8. University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico (United States)
  9. Division of Medical Oncology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22648732
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology and Physics; Journal Volume: 95; Journal Issue: 4; Other Information: Copyright (c) 2016 Elsevier Science B.V., Amsterdam, The Netherlands, All rights reserved.; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
62 RADIOLOGY AND NUCLEAR MEDICINE; DIARRHEA; ENTERITIS; GY RANGE 10-100; PATIENTS; RADIATION HAZARDS; RADIOTHERAPY; SIDE EFFECTS

Citation Formats

Miller, Robert C., E-mail: miller.robert@mayo.edu, Petereit, Daniel G., Sloan, Jeff A., Liu, Heshan, Martenson, James A., Bearden, James D., Sapiente, Ronald, Seeger, Grant R., Mowat, Rex B., Liem, Ben, Iott, Matthew J., and Loprinzi, Charles L.. N08C9 (Alliance): A Phase 3 Randomized Study of Sulfasalazine Versus Placebo in the Prevention of Acute Diarrhea in Patients Receiving Pelvic Radiation Therapy. United States: N. p., 2016. Web. doi:10.1016/J.IJROBP.2016.01.063.
Miller, Robert C., E-mail: miller.robert@mayo.edu, Petereit, Daniel G., Sloan, Jeff A., Liu, Heshan, Martenson, James A., Bearden, James D., Sapiente, Ronald, Seeger, Grant R., Mowat, Rex B., Liem, Ben, Iott, Matthew J., & Loprinzi, Charles L.. N08C9 (Alliance): A Phase 3 Randomized Study of Sulfasalazine Versus Placebo in the Prevention of Acute Diarrhea in Patients Receiving Pelvic Radiation Therapy. United States. doi:10.1016/J.IJROBP.2016.01.063.
Miller, Robert C., E-mail: miller.robert@mayo.edu, Petereit, Daniel G., Sloan, Jeff A., Liu, Heshan, Martenson, James A., Bearden, James D., Sapiente, Ronald, Seeger, Grant R., Mowat, Rex B., Liem, Ben, Iott, Matthew J., and Loprinzi, Charles L.. 2016. "N08C9 (Alliance): A Phase 3 Randomized Study of Sulfasalazine Versus Placebo in the Prevention of Acute Diarrhea in Patients Receiving Pelvic Radiation Therapy". United States. doi:10.1016/J.IJROBP.2016.01.063.
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title = {N08C9 (Alliance): A Phase 3 Randomized Study of Sulfasalazine Versus Placebo in the Prevention of Acute Diarrhea in Patients Receiving Pelvic Radiation Therapy},
author = {Miller, Robert C., E-mail: miller.robert@mayo.edu and Petereit, Daniel G. and Sloan, Jeff A. and Liu, Heshan and Martenson, James A. and Bearden, James D. and Sapiente, Ronald and Seeger, Grant R. and Mowat, Rex B. and Liem, Ben and Iott, Matthew J. and Loprinzi, Charles L.},
abstractNote = {Purpose: To provide confirmatory evidence on the use of sulfasalazine to reduce enteritis during pelvic radiation therapy (RT), following 2 prior single-institution trials suggestive that benefit existed. Methods and Materials: A multi-institution, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled phase 3 trial was designed to assess the efficacy of sulfasalazine versus placebo in the treatment of RT-related enteritis during RT including the posterior pelvis (45.0-53.5 Gy) and conducted through a multicenter national cooperative research alliance. Patients received 1000 mg of sulfasalazine or placebo orally twice daily during and for 4 weeks after RT. The primary endpoint was maximum severity of diarrhea (Common Terminology Criteria for Adverse Events version 4.0). Toxicity and bowel function were assessed by providers through a self-administered bowel function questionnaire taken weekly during RT and for 6 weeks afterward. Results: Eighty-seven patients were enrolled in the trial between April 29, 2011, and May 13, 2013, with evenly distributed baseline factors. At the time of a planned interim toxicity analysis, more patients with grade ≥3 diarrhea received sulfasalazine than received placebo (29% vs 11%, P=.04). A futility analysis showed that trial continuation would be unlikely to yield a positive result, and a research board recommended halting study treatment. Final analysis of the primary endpoint showed no significant difference in maximum diarrhea severity between the sulfasalazine and placebo arms (P=.41). Conclusions: Sulfasalazine does not reduce enteritis during pelvic RT and may be associated with a higher risk of adverse events than placebo. This trial illustrates the importance of confirmatory phase 3 trials in the evaluation of symptom-control agents.},
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  • Purpose: To evaluate the efficacy of sodium butyrate enemas (NABUREN) in prostate cancer radiation therapy (RT) in reducing the incidence, severity, and duration of acute RT-induced proctitis. Methods and Materials: 166 patients, randomly allocated to 1 of 4 groups (rectal sodium butyrate 1 g, 2 g, or 4 g daily or placebo), were treated with NABUREN during and 2 weeks after RT. The grade of proctitis was registered in a daily diary. The correlation between NABUREN and proctitis was investigated through χ{sup 2} statistics. The toxicity endpoints considered were as follows: total number of days with grade ≥1 proctitis (≥G1); total number of daysmore » with grade ≥2 proctitis (≥G2); ≥G1 and ≥G2 proctitis lasting at least 3 and 5 consecutive days starting from week 4 (≥G1+3d, ≥G2+3d); damaging effects of RT on rectal mucosa as measured by endoscopy. The relationship between endpoints and pretreatment morbidities, hormonal therapy, presence of diabetes or hypertension, abdominal surgery, or hemorrhoids was investigated by univariate analysis. Results: The patients were randomly allocated to the 4 arms. No difference in the distribution of comorbidities among the arms was observed (P>.09). The mean ≥G1 and ≥G2 proctitis were 7.8 and 4.9 for placebo and 8.9 and 4.7 for the NABUREN group, respectively. No favorable trend in reduction of incidence, severity, and duration of ≥G1 and ≥G2 proctitis was observed with NABUREN use. In univariate analysis, ≥G1+3d toxicity was found to be related to hemorrhoids (P=.008), and a slight correlation was found between ≥G2 proctitis and hormonal therapy (P=.06). The RT effects on rectal mucosa as based on endoscopic assessment were mainly related to diabetes (P<.01). Endoscopy data at 6 week showed no significant difference between the placebo and butyrate arms. The other investigated endpoints were not correlated with any of the clinical risk factors analyzed. Conclusion: There was no evidence of efficacy of NABUREN in reducing the incidence, severity, and duration of acute radiation proctitis. There was a correlation between some endpoints and clinical risk factors.« less
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