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To learn if Cognitive Behavior Therapy (called CBT), combined with either Bright Light Therapy (called BLT), methylphenidate, and/or melatonin, can help improve sleep and other related symptoms such as fatigue, anxiety, and depression in cancer patients. This is an investigational study. In this study, BLT, Methylphenidate and Melatonin will be compared to their placebos.


Clinical Trial Description

Objectives: Primary: To compare the effects of the combination therapy arm with the placebo arm on sleep quality as assessed by the Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index (PSQI) at the end of 6 weeks (primary end point). We hypothesize that there will be a greater maintenance of sleep quality in the combination arm than in the placebo arm after 6 weeks. Secondary: To compare the effects of the combination therapy arm with the placebo arm on sleep quality (PSQI) at 3- and 6-months post-intervention. We hypothesize that there will be a greater maintenance of sleep quality in the combination arm than in the placebo arm at 3- and 6-months post intervention. Secondary: To compare the effects of the remaining active therapy arms with the placebo and combination arms on sleep quality (PSQI) at all post-intervention assessments. We hypothesize that there will be a greater maintenance of sleep quality in the active arms than in the placebo arm at all post-intervention assessments. Additionally, there will be greater maintenance of sleep quality in the combination arm than in the remaining active arms. Secondary: To compare the effects of the active therapy arm and the placebo arm for sleep-wake cycle disturbance (Actigraphy - sleep onset latency, wake after sleep onset, total sleep time, sleep efficiency, and mean daytime activity). We hypothesize that there w/ill be greater maintenance of sleep-wake cycle (synchronization) in the combination therapy arm. Secondary: To determine whether the addition of MP to BLT+MT synergistically maintains sleep quality as measured by change from baseline PSQI. We hypothesize that MP and BLT+MT will synergistically maintain sleep quality. Exploratory: To explore the effects of the active therapy arm on psychological symptoms (Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale), fatigue (Functional Assessment of Chronic Illness Therapy - Fatigue), sleep and related symptoms (PROMIS-Sleep), inflammation (C-reactive protein), and quality of life (Functional Assessment of Cancer Therapy - General) and how they vary over time. We hypothesize that there will be more promotion of sleep related symptoms and quality of life in the combination therapy arm than in the placebo, BLT, and Methylphenidate arms. ;


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NCT number NCT05474846
Study type Interventional
Source M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
Contact Sriram Yennu, MD
Phone 713-792-6085
Email [email protected]
Status Not yet recruiting
Phase Phase 2/Phase 3
Start date December 1, 2022
Completion date February 28, 2027

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