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A prospective randomized study of megestrol acetate and ibuprofen in gastrointestinal cancer patients with weight loss

McMillan, D.C., Wigmore, S.J., Fearon, K.C.H., O’Gorman, P., Wright, C.E., and McArdle, C.S. (1999) A prospective randomized study of megestrol acetate and ibuprofen in gastrointestinal cancer patients with weight loss. British Journal of Cancer, 79 (3/4). pp. 495-500. ISSN 0007-0920 (doi:10.1038/sj.bjc.6690077)

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Publisher's URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/sj.bjc.6690077

Abstract

Summary The use of megestrol acetate in the treatment of weight loss in gastrointestinal cancer patients has been disappointing. The aim of the present study was to compare the combination of megestrol acetate and placebo with megestrol acetate and ibuprofen in the treatment of weight loss in such patients. At baseline, 4–6 weeks and 12 weeks, patients underwent measurements of anthropometry, concentrations of albumin and C-reactive protein and assessment of appetite, performance status and quality of life using EuroQol-EQ-5D and EORTC QLQC30. Thirty-eight and 35 patients (median weight loss 18%) were randomized to megestrol acetate/placebo or megestrol acetate/ibuprofen, respectively, for 12 weeks. Forty-six (63%) of patients failed to complete the 12-week assessment. Of those evaluable at 12 weeks, there was a decrease in weight (median 2.8 kg) in the megestrol acetate/placebo group compared with an increase (median 2.3 kg) in the megestrol acetate/ibuprofen group (P < 0.001). There was also an improvement in the EuroQol-EQ-5D quality of life scores of the latter group (P < 0.05). The combination of megestrol acetate/ibuprofen appeared to reverse weight loss and appeared to improve quality of life in patients with advanced gastrointestinal cancer. Further trials of this novel regimen in weight-losing patients with hormone-insensitive cancers are warranted.

Item Type:Article
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:McMillan, Prof Donald
Authors: McMillan, D.C., Wigmore, S.J., Fearon, K.C.H., O’Gorman, P., Wright, C.E., and McArdle, C.S.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Medicine
Journal Name:British Journal of Cancer
Journal Abbr.:Br. J. Cancer
ISSN:0007-0920
ISSN (Online):1532-1827

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