Minocycline Hydrochloride in Reducing Chemotherapy Induced Depression and Anxiety in Patients With Stage I-III Breast Cancer

Conditions:Anxiety, Breast Cancer, Cancer, Cancer, Cancer, Cancer, Cancer, Cancer, Cancer, Depression, Depression, Psychiatric
Therapuetic Areas:Oncology, Psychiatry / Psychology
Age Range:18 - Any
Start Date:June 23, 2015
End Date:August 31, 2019
Contact:Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center

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Randomized Placebo Controlled Study of Minocycline for Amelioration of Chemotherapy Induced Affective Disorders

This randomized clinical trial studies how well minocycline hydrochloride works in reducing
chemotherapy induced depression and anxiety in patients with stage I-III breast cancer.
Minocycline hydrochloride may prevent changes in memory and thinking and improve the quality
of life of breast cancer patients receiving chemotherapy.


I. To evaluate anxiety and depression in women with stages I-III breast cancer during the
first 8 weeks of doxorubicin-based adjuvant therapy randomized to receive either minocycline
(minocycline hydrochloride) or placebo.

II. To evaluate markers of neuro-inflammation as assessed by blood based inflammatory
cytokines and C11-choline positron emission tomography (PET) in women with stages I-III
breast cancer during the first 8 weeks of doxorubicin-based adjuvant therapy randomized to
receive either minocycline or placebo.

OUTLINE: Patients are randomized to 1 of 2 arms.

ARM I: Beginning 1 week prior to chemotherapy, patients receive minocycline hydrochloride
orally (PO) twice daily (BID) for 9 weeks.

ARM II: Beginning 1 week prior to chemotherapy, patients receive placebo PO BID for 9 weeks.

After completion of study treatment, patients are followed up for 6 months.

Inclusion Criteria:

- Women diagnosed with breast cancer stages I-III initiating first line adjuvant or
neoadjuvant doxorubicin hydrochloride (DOX) chemotherapy

- Postmenopausal defined as amenorrhea > 12 months or follicle stimulating hormone (FSH)
and estradiol in institutional postmenopausal range

- Ability to understand English and read and write at the 8th grade level and give a
written informed consent document

- For additional cohort, women with breast cancer stages I-III who currently on or
within 18 months of completing first line adjuvant or neoadjuvant DOX chemotherapy or
other chemotherapy for breast cancer.

Exclusion Criteria:

- Rheumatoid arthritis and other types of autoimmune and inflammatory joint disease,
with the exception of osteoarthritis and fibromyalgia

- Concurrent other malignancy or metastatic malignancy of any kind

- Reported diagnosis of major depression or anxiety disorder prior to breast cancer (BC)

- Currently prescribed psychotropic medications including anti-depressants

- Known bleeding disorders

- History of diabetes mellitus, heart disease or stroke

- Current use of warfarin or other anticoagulants

- Uncontrolled intercurrent illness including, but not limited to, ongoing or active
infection, symptomatic congestive heart failure, unstable angina pectoris, cardiac
arrhythmia, hypertension, or psychiatric illness/social situation that would limit
compliance with study requirements

- Pregnant or nursing women

- Concurrent use of daily full dose aspirin (>= 325 mg/day), nonsteroidal
anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) or NSAID-containing products or steroids; one month
washout period is required prior to randomization

- Unable to give informed consent

- Tetracycline allergy

- Any contraindication to magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)/PET examination including but
not limited to ferromagnetic metal in the body, pacemaker, or severe claustrophobia;
(however, this portion is optional and if patient is otherwise eligible, can enroll in
study without participating in imaging study)
We found this trial at
300 W 10th Ave
Columbus, Ohio 43210
(800) 293-5066
Principal Investigator: Maryam B. Lustberg
Phone: 614-293-0066
Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute at Ohio State University Medical Center...
Columbus, OH
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