Green Tea Extract in Preventing Esophageal Cancer in Patients With Barrett's Esophagus

2014-08-27 03:48:24 | BioPortfolio


Chemoprevention is the use of certain drugs to keep cancer from forming, growing, or coming back. The use of Polyphenon E (green tea extract) may prevent esophageal cancer.

The goal of this clinical research study is to test the safety of Polyphenon E (Poly E) at different dose levels. Researchers also want to find out what effects, good and bad, it may have on individual and their risk for esophagus cancer. Esophagus cancer is an increased risk associated with Barret's Esophagus.


The esophagus is the tube used for swallowing that connects the mouth to the stomach. Barrett's esophagus is a condition in which the tissue lining of the esophagus is abnormal. It develops in some people who have heartburn, reflux disease (acid in the esophagus), or esophagitis (inflammation of the esophagus). Patients with this condition have a higher risk of developing a type of cancer of the esophagus called adenocarcinoma.

Polyphenon E (Poly E) is a low-caffeinated polyphenol mixture that is made from green tea. Poly E contains a chemical called Epigallocatechin-3 (EGCG) and other chemicals called "catechins." Research has shown that green tea, Poly E, and EGCG may be effective in preventing cancer. Poly E, as used in this study, does not contain green tea, but is made from products of green tea.

Before you can start treatment on this study, you will have what are called "screening tests." These tests will help the doctor decide if you are eligible to take part in the study. These procedures are part of regular care for someone at increased risk of esophagus cancer. If you have had some of them recently, they may not need to be repeated. This will be up to your study doctor. You will have a complete physical exam, and your medical history will be reviewed. You will also have routine blood tests (about 2-3 tablespoons), as well as an electrocardiogram (ECG--a test to measure the electrical activity of the heart).

If you are eligible to take part in the study, and you choose to take part, you will have to complete a 1-month "wash-out period." The "wash-out period" is a period in which you must not take medications, herbs, vitamins or mineral supplements that contain tea compounds. The "wash-out" is a 30-day period before the baseline endoscopy. Because caffeine and tea may affect the results of this trial, you will be asked to not drink any tea-containing products. You will also be asked to record the amount of caffeine-containing foods and medications that you consume. You will be given a list of caffeine-containing foods and medications.

After the "wash-out" period, you will need to have a complete endoscopy and biopsy of your esophagus. This is part of regular care for someone at increased risk for esophagus cancer. This procedure will be performed in the outpatient setting. An endoscopy is an exam used by your doctor to look at your esophagus (the tube that connects your mouth and stomach) and stomach. Your doctor will place a thin scope into your mouth and carefully move the scope down the esophagus and into the stomach. During the endoscopy, you will have a standard biopsy, and a small area of abnormal tissue will be "snipped" off. The sample will be sent to the lab to look at the chemical and structural make-up of the cells of the esophageal lining. This test will be used to find out the extent of the Barrett's Esophagus.

Women who are able to have children must have a negative blood pregnancy test within 2 weeks of being assigned to a treatment group.

You will then be randomly assigned (as in a roll of the dice) by computer into one of 4 study groups. You have an equal chance of being placed in each group. Neither you nor your doctor can choose the group you will be in. Neither you, the research staff, nor your doctor will know if you are taking Poly E or placebo capsules. In this study, you will get either Poly E (at 1 of 3 different doses) or the placebo (a harmless drug that looks like the study drug but has no medical benefit).

If you are assigned to Group 1 ("Arm A"), you will begin taking 1 capsule of Poly E two times per day for the next 6 months.

If you are assigned to Group 2 ("Arm B"), you will begin taking 2 capsules of Poly E two times per day for the next 6 months.

If you are assigned to Group 3 ("Arm C"), you will begin taking 3 capsules of Poly E two times per day for the next 6 months.

If you are assigned to Group 4 ("Arm D"), you will begin taking 1-3 capsules of placebo two times per day for the next 6 months. The numbers you take in this group will depend on the amount of EGCG you are assigned to receive. Each 200 mg Poly E capsule contains 200 mg of EGCG. The dosage of Poly E is based on the EGCG content. The study capsules do not contain green tea.

You will be asked to keep a study diary during your entire participation in this study. In this diary, you will record exactly when you take each dose of study drug, and how much you took each time. You will also be asked to record the amount of caffeine-containing foods and medications that you consume.

You may continue your histamine antagonist (for example, Zantac or Tagamet) or proton pump inhibitor (for example, Nexium or Prilosec) for any symptoms you may have.

Certain tests and procedures will be performed during the study, to see how the treatment is affecting your body. These tests will be done every 2 weeks for the first month, then once a month until the completion of 6 months of treatment. You will have 20-minute follow-up visits, that will including checking for any side effects and counting and writing down how much medication you have taken. You will have blood drawn (about 2-3 tablespoons) for routine tests, and you will also have urine tests (1 sample is less than 1 tablespoon).

Patients with Barrett's esophagus usually have an endoscopy every 1-3 years. For this study, it will be performed twice (at the first visit and at the 6-month visit). You will have to sign a separate consent form for each endoscopy. You cannot take aspirin, aspirin-containing substances, coumadin (warfarin), heparin, or iron supplements for 5 days before each endoscopy.

You may be taken off study if intolerable side effects occur, if the study doctor believes it is in your best interest, if you do not follow the study rules, or if the sponsor decides to stop the study for any reason.

When you have finished taking 6 months of "treatment" (either the Poly E or the placebo), you will have a follow-up endoscopy and biopsy. You will have follow-up visits scheduled for 3 months and 6 months after completing treatment. During these visits, you will be checked for side effects, blood (about 2-3 tablespoons) will be drawn for routine tests, and you will also have urine tests (1 sample is less than 1 tablespoon) performed. You will be contacted by telephone monthly after completing treatment, to check for side effects that you may be experiencing.

This is an investigational study. Poly E has been authorized for use in research only. Up to 55 participants will take part in this multicenter study. About 12 will be enrolled at M. D. Anderson.

Study Design

Allocation: Randomized, Control: Placebo Control, Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment, Masking: Double Blind (Subject, Caregiver, Investigator), Primary Purpose: Prevention


Esophageal Cancer


Polyphenon E (Poly E), Placebo


Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center at Columbia University Medical Center
New York
New York
United States


Active, not recruiting


M.D. Anderson Cancer Center

Results (where available)

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