Role of Biomarkers in Muscle Pain and Joint Pain in Patients With Solid Tumors Receiving Paclitaxel

2014-08-27 03:14:52 | BioPortfolio


RATIONALE: Learning about pain in patients with cancer receiving paclitaxel may help plan treatment and may help patients live more comfortably. Studying samples of urine from patients with cancer in the laboratory may help doctors identify and learn more about biomarkers related to muscle and joint pain.

PURPOSE: This phase I trial is studying the role of biomarkers in muscle pain and joint pain in patients with solid tumors receiving paclitaxel.




- To determine the change in urinary prostaglandin E metabolite (PGE-M) level after paclitaxel treatment in patients with a variety of solid tumor malignancies.

- To determine whether a change in PGE-M level correlates with paclitaxel dose.

- To determine whether the change in urinary PGE-M level correlates with patient reporting of pain, as measured by a visual analog scale and the Brief Pain Inventory short form (BPI-SF).


- To determine whether leukotriene levels are affected by paclitaxel treatment.

OUTLINE: At baseline (prior to the first dose of paclitaxel), patients complete a questionnaire about their baseline pain symptoms (including the Brief Pain Inventory short form and the visual analog scale); cigarette smoking status and second-hand smoke exposure; and routine use of any pain medications (including NSAIDs, selective COX-2 inhibitors, and opioid analgesics), corticosteroids, or leukotriene antagonists (montelukast or zafirlukast). Patients also complete questionnaires about their pain daily on days 2-7 after paclitaxel administration.

Urine samples are collected at baseline for urinary prostaglandin E metabolite (PGE-M), urinary leukotriene E_4 (LTE_4), and urinary cotinine levels and on day 4 for urinary PGE-M and LTE_4 levels.

Study Design





laboratory biomarker analysis, questionnaire administration, assessment of therapy complications


Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center - Cool Springs
United States




National Cancer Institute (NCI)

Results (where available)

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Published on BioPortfolio: 2014-08-27T03:14:52-0400

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