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The primary objective of the study is to assess the effect of RK-0202 versus placebo on the incidence and severity of oral mucositis in subjects receiving radiation therapy for head and neck cancer. Concurrent chemotherapy is not allowed in the study.


Clinical Trial Description

Approximately 42,000 new cases of head and neck squamous cell carcinoma occur annually in the United States. Radiotherapy (“RT”) plays a significant role in the management of head and neck cancer. The most common and clinically significant toxicities arising from head and neck radiation therapy are acute mucositis and acute and chronic xerostomia (dry mouth or salivary gland changes). In subjects receiving RT for cancers of the oral cavity or oropharynx the incidence of acute mucositis can exceed 90%. The painful ulceration of the oral mucosa produced by the radiation often leads to the requirement for narcotics to control pain, inability to eat, dehydration, the need for parenteral nutrition and, sometimes, breaks in RT. In addition to its symptomatic cost, the presence of mucositis has been associated with a number of other adverse outcomes including higher costs and more frequent hospitalizations. ;


Study Design

Allocation: Randomized, Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Double-Blind, Primary Purpose: Prevention


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NCT number NCT00230191
Study type Interventional
Source RxKinetix
Contact
Status Completed
Phase Phase 2
Start date January 2003
Completion date December 2005

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