Radiotherapy-induced xerostomia: a randomised, double-blind, controlled trial of Visco-ease™ oral spray compared with placebo in patients with cancer of the head and neck

Paterson, C. et al. (2019) Radiotherapy-induced xerostomia: a randomised, double-blind, controlled trial of Visco-ease™ oral spray compared with placebo in patients with cancer of the head and neck. British Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, (doi:10.1016/j.bjoms.2019.10.300) (PMID:31672256) (Early Online Publication)

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Abstract

Radiotherapy-induced xerostomia (RIX) is a common and untreatable side effect of radiotherapy to the head and neck. Visco-ease™ mouth spray (Lamellar Biomedical Ltd), a new product that is made from lamellar body mimetics, reduces the viscosity of saliva ex vivo. The purpose of this study was to evaluate its safety and effectiveness in the treatment of RIX in 43 patients with cancer of the head and neck. They were randomised into the Visco-ease™ or placebo groups, and asked to complete the Groningen radiotherapy-induced xerostomia (GRIX) questionnaire each week. The primary endpoint was a change in GRIX score from baseline to end of treatment. There was no difference in scores between the two groups, and none of the patients had device-related serious adverse events. Visco-ease™ oral spray was safe and tolerable but no better than placebo in reducing RIX in this group of patients.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:The study was funded by Lamellar Biomedical Limited. ISRCTN No: 44528835.
Status:Early Online Publication
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Schipani, Dr Stefano and Messow, Dr Martina and Paterson, Dr Claire and Rulach, Dr Robert and Jones, Professor Robert and Kean, Ms Sharon and Young, Dr Robin and Grose, Dr Derek
Authors: Paterson, C., Thomson, M., Caldwell, B., Young, R., McLean, A., Porteous, S., Clark, S., Messow, C. M., Kean, S., Grose, D., Lamb, C., Rizwannullah, M., James, A., Schipani, S., Wilson, C., Rulach, R., and Jones, R.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Cancer Sciences
College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > Robertson Centre
Journal Name:British Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:0266-4356
ISSN (Online):1532-1940
Published Online:29 October 2019
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2019 Elsevier Ltd.
First Published:First published in British Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 2019
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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