Last updated on March 2019

Strict IGF-1 Control in Acromegaly


Brief description of study

Acromegaly is a rare, chronic, and debilitating disease, usually caused by a benign tumor on the pituitary gland, which leads to excessive production of growth hormone (GH). GH excess in turn causes overproduction of another hormone called insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1). IGF-1 levels are currently the most widely accepted measure of disease activity.

In Canada, medical therapy with a type of medicine called "somatostatin analogues" (SSA), such as octreotide and lanreotide, is recommended for treatment of acromegaly. However, studies have shown that a significant number of patients who take SSA medications alone remain with elevated levels of IGF-1 in their blood.

Another medication that is used to treat acromegaly is pegvisomant (PEGV), and the investigators plan to study whether strict control of IGF-1, by adding or optimizing the use of PEGV, results in a significant health benefits to patients who still have modestly high levels of IGF-1 in their blood.

Clinical Study Identifier: NCT02952885

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