Evaluation of Synthetic Thyrotropin Releasing Hormone (TRH) as a Treatment for Cancer-related Fatigue
A Pilot, Randomized Double-Blind Placebo-Controlled Crossover Study of Synthetic Thyrotropin Releasing Hormone (TRH) Administration for the Treatment of Fatigue in Patients With Cancer
  • Phase

    Phase 2
  • Study Type

  • Study Participants

The primary objective of the study is to evaluate thyrotropin releasing hormone (TRH) as a treatment for cancer-related fatigue.

The central hypothesis of this pilot study is that TRH is more efficacious than placebo in alleviating cancer-related fatigue in patients with breast or prostate cancer.
Study Started
Dec 31
Primary Completion
Feb 28
Study Completion
Mar 31
Results Posted
May 03
Last Update
Dec 28

Drug Thyrotropin releasing hormone (TRH)

0.5mg and 1.5mg

Drug Placebo


Thyrotropin releasing hormone (TRH) Experimental


Saline Placebo Comparator



Inclusion Criteria:

Patients with a diagnosis of cancer who have undergone or are currently undergoing radiation or chemotherapy therapy and are expected not to have any significant change in cancer treatment sessions during the study period
Provide written informed consent prior to initiation of any study-related procedures.
Male or female, 18 years of age or older with a diagnosis of cancer.
Able to understand and comply with the requirements of the study.

Exclusion criteria:

Hospitalized patients.
Patients with an identifiable diagnosis of substance abuse or dependence within 6 months prior to evaluation (except those in full remission, or those with caffeine or nicotine dependence) as defined by DSM-IV criteria.
Patients with any of the following cardiovascular symptomatology.
Office systolic BP > 160mmHg and/or diastolic BP > 90mmHg.
Persons with a resting hear rate of > 100 beats per minute
Persons with a history of chronic stable angina
Persons with myocardial infarction or unstable angina or vascular surgery within 6 months
Persons with history of vaso-vagal or other syncopal episodes
Patients with any known clinically significant cardiac problems
Patients with any history of stroke or at significant risk for stroke.
Patients with a history of seizures
Patients with a history of asthma
Patients with any clinically significant unstable or inadequately treated co- morbid medical condition or patients currently on medications that would confound evaluation of CF (e.g. diabetes, CHF, history of other cancers) as judged by the investigator.
Patients with any clinically significant, unstable psychiatric disorder (except mild to moderate depressive or anxiety disorders) or patients on psychotropic medications that would confound CF assessment as judged by the investigator. Patients with history of depressive or anxiety disorders will not be excluded from the study
Patients with a history of illnesses or treatments that would be expected to significantly alter immune function (viz. HIV infection, systemic lupus erythematosus, patients taking immunosuppressive medications).
Patients with diseases or on medications that significantly affect the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenocortical (HPA) axis function (viz. Cushings disease).
Pregnant patients, breastfeeding or plans to become pregnant during the study
Patients with known allergy to TRH
Any other condition, which, in the opinion of the investigator, would make the patient, unsuited for enrollment, confound CF evaluation or could interfere with the patient's participation in the study.
Patients with medically reversible causes of CF (viz., anemia, hypothyroidism, electrolyte abnormalities etc).
Patients with potentially treatable associated symptoms dominating the CF scenario such as pain, or sleep disturbances which may have a significant causal relationship to CF.
Patients identified as pregnant based on the pregnancy test during screening.
Patients physically unable to complete the walking test (WT) assessment or when the WT would increase risk for medical complications


Thyrotropin-releasing Hormone (TRH)


All Events

Event Type Organ System Event Term

Change in Visual Analog Scale for Energy (VAS-E)Score From Baseline to 7 Hrs Post Study Medication Infusion

1 to 100 scale with 1 referring to No Energy and 100 referring to Normal Energy.

Thyrotropin-releasing Hormone (TRH)

Scores on a scale (Mean)
Standard Deviation: 21.1


Scores on a scale (Mean)
Standard Deviation: 16



Age, Continuous

years (Mean)
Standard Deviation: 9.4

Sex: Female, Male

Overall Study

TRH Then Saline

Saline Then TRH

Drop/Withdrawal Reasons

TRH Then Saline

Saline Then TRH