Last updated on September 2013

Light-Emitting Diode Therapy in Preventing Mucositis in Children Receiving Chemotherapy With or Without Radiation Therapy Before Bone Marrow Transplantation


Brief description of study

RATIONALE: Light-emitting diode (LED) therapy may be able to prevent mucositis of the mouth. PURPOSE: Randomized phase II trial to determine the effectiveness of LED therapy in preventing mucositis of the mouth in children who are receiving chemotherapy with or without radiation therapy before donor bone marrow transplantation.

Detailed Study Description

OBJECTIVES: - Compare the incidence and severity of oral mucositis in children undergoing NASA-developed light-emitting diode (LED) therapy during a pre-transplantation myeloablative conditioning regimen (chemotherapy with or without radiotherapy) and continuing through the post-bone marrow transplantation (BMT) phase versus LED therapy during the post-BMT phase only. OUTLINE: This is a randomized, double-blind, multicenter study. Patients are stratified according to participating center and cheek being treated (right vs left). Patients are randomized to 1 of 2 schedules of light-emitting diode (LED) therapy. - Arm I: Patients undergo LED therapy for 71 seconds once daily beginning on day 1 of the myeloablative conditioning regimen comprising chemotherapy with or without radiotherapy and continuing for 14 days after bone marrow transplantation (BMT). - Arm II: Patients undergo LED therapy as in arm I beginning on the day of BMT (day 0) and continuing for 14 days after BMT. Photographs are taken of the right and left buccal mucosa at baseline and then every 3 days beginning on day 1 of LED therapy. Pain and xerostomia are assessed using the Wong-Baker "smiley-face" pain scale at baseline and then periodically for 14 days after BMT. Patients are followed monthly for 2 years. PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A total of 80 patients (40 per arm) will be accrued for this study within 2 years.

Clinical Study Identifier: NCT00036712

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