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You can access this
clinical trial
if you have
Pain or Cancer of Head and Neck
and you are
over 18
years old
4
The primary goal of this phase is to monitor the long-term effects.
The treatment is already on the market.
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The purpose

Background of the study: Treatment of Pain in Head-and-Neck Cancer Patients: is methadone more effective than fentanyl? Pain is a prevalent symptom in patients with cancer. A neuropathic component is seen in one third of the patients. In patients with head-and-neck cancer neuropathic pain is far more prevalent than in a general cancer population: 46-64%. Treatment of neuropathic pain is complex and available treatment modalities achieve (partial) pain relief in only 40-60% of patients. The N-Methyl-D-Aspartate Receptor (NMDAR) plays a central role in the mediation of neuropathic pain. NMDAR blockers could be a new approach to treat neuropathic pain in patients with cancer. Methadone is a strong opioid but at the same time significant non-competitive NMDA-receptor antagonist qualities have been described. Many small studies and case-reports describe the successful rotation from different strong opioids to methadone. There are no studies that selected patients with (predominantly) neuropathic pain to be treated with methadone, whereas this group of patients is expected to profit from the NMDAR-antagonist properties of methadone. Objective of the study: This randomised controlled trial (RCT) aims to investigate whether addition of a NMDAR-antagonist to a strong opioid (methadone) is superior in the treatment of predominantly neuropathic pain over a strong opioid alone (fentanyl) in terms of pain relief and time to achieve significant pain relief. Study design: Open label randomised controlled trial Study population: opioid naïve patients with histological proven head-and-neck cancer and (partly) neuropathic pain with a NRS score of ≥ 4, age =/> 18 years Intervention Treatment with methadone or fentanyl patch Primary study parameters/outcome of the study: Is methadone more effective than fentanyl in the treatment of pain in patients with head-and-neck cancer with respect to 1. significant pain relief (reduction of Numeric Rating Scale (NRS) of 50%) and 2. pain interference Secondary study parameters/outcome of the study: Is methadone superior to fentanyl in the treatment of pain in patients with head-and-neck cancer with respect to 1. time to achieve significant pain relief 2. side-effect profile?

Provided treatments

  • Drug: fentanyl
  • Drug: methadone

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Tris trial is registered with FDA with number: NCT01317589. The sponsor of the trial is Maastricht University Medical Center and it is looking for 134 volunteers for the current phase.
Official trial title:
Treatment of Pain in Head-and-Neck Cancer Patients: is Methadone More Effective Than Fentanyl?