Prospective Randomized Open Label Study of the Treatment of Therapy-Associated Diarrhea During Percutaneous Radiation Therapy of the Small Pelvis. - Comparison of Loperamide and Tincture of Opium -
Diarrhea - Enteritis - Cancer
Conditions: official terms
Diarrhea - Enteritis
Conditions: Keywords
radiation therapy, diarrhea, enteritis, supportive therapy, therapy associated diarrhea, therapy associated enteritis, radiation therapy of the small pelvis
Study Type
Study Phase
Phase 3
Study Design
Allocation: Randomized, Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Open Label
Name: Tinctura opii
Type: Drug
Overall Status
Not yet recruiting
Therapy-associated diarrhea during radiation therapy of small pelvis (including enteritis as a result of radiation therapy and enteritis as a result of radiation- and chemotherapy) is a common problem in multimodal cancer therapy. We investigate the therapeutic effect of either loperamide or tinctura opii in therapy- associated diarrhea in patients who receive radiation therapy of the small pelvis with or without chemotherapy.
Criteria for eligibility
Healthy Volunteers:
Maximum Age: N/A
Minimum Age: 18 Years
Gender: Both
Criteria: Inclusion Criteria:

- Age ≥ 18 years

- Patients who will undergo a percutaneous radiation therapy in the area of the small pelvis. This includes patients with following malignancies: rectal carcinoma, prostate carcinoma, endometrial carcinoma, cervix carcinoma.

- Diarrhea grade 1 and grade 2 (Classification NCI-CTCAE Version 3.0)

- ECOG-Grade 0-2

- Enlightenment and written declaration of consent to the participation.

Exclusion Criteria:

- Pregnant patients or patients in lactation period.

- Severe dysfunction of liver or kidneys

- Injury or illness of brain e.g. increased intracranial pressure, cerebral arteriosclerosis

- Epilepsy

- Hypersensitivity to components of loperamide or tincture of opium

- Ileus

- Toxic megacolon

- Pseudomembranous colitis/ antibiotic-associated colitis

- Diarrhea associated with fever and bloody stools

- Acute increase of colitis ulcerous or bacterial colitis caused by invasive pathogenes

- Severe respiratory dysfunction or severely limited lung function e.g. bronchial asthma, bronchitis

- Dysfunctional draining of biliary area, biliary colics.

- Concomitant or earlier addiction of alcohol or opiates

- Severe heart disease

- Pheochromocytoma

- Acute hepatic porphyria

- Cor pulmonale

- Morbus Addison

- Severe hypothyroidism

- Organisational problems or circumstances which prevent a complete collection of required data

- Artificial anus

- Participation in a clinical trial within the last 30 days before involvement

- Participation in an other clinical trial at the same time
Start Date
September 2007
Philipps University Marburg Medical Center
Philipps University Marburg Medical Center
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