Effect of YH0618 soup on chemotherapy-induced toxicity in patients with cancer who have completed chemotherapy: Study protocol for a randomized controlled trial

Jie shu You, Jian ping Chen, Jessie S.M. Chan, Ho fun Lee, Mei kuen Wong, Wing Fai Yeung, Li xing Lao

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Background: The incidence of cancer has been staying at a high level worldwide in recent years. With advances in cancer diagnosis and therapy strategy, the survival rate of patients with cancer has been increasing, but the side effects of these treatments, especially chemotherapy, are obvious even when the chemotherapy ceases. YH0618, a prescription, has showed efficacy in reducing chemotherapy-induced toxicity through long clinical practice. However, there is no scientific research exploring the effects of YH0618 in patients with cancer. Therefore, using a randomized controlled trial, this study will explore the efficacy of YH0618 on ameliorating chemotherapy-induced toxicity including dermatologic toxicity, myelosuppression, hepatotoxicity and nephrotoxicity and improving fatigue in cancer patients who have completed chemotherapy. Methods/design: This is a prospective assessor-blinded, parallel, randomized controlled trial. Patients with cancer at any stage who have completed chemotherapy within two weeks will be randomly divided into group A (YH0618) and group B (wait-list) using a 1:1 allocation ratio. The chemotherapeutic agents include taxanes or anthracyclines. Subjects assigned to group A will receive YH0618 soup 6 days a week for 6 weeks and uncontrolled follow-up for 6 weeks, while group B are required to wait for 6 weeks before receiving YH0618 intervention. The primary outcome of this study is the incidence of protocol-specified grade ≥2 dermatologic toxicities graded by NCI CTCAE Chinese version 4.0 and changes of fingernail color, face skin color and tongue color evaluated by the L*a*b system within 6 weeks. There are some secondary outcomes associated with dermatologic toxicity including fatigue and clinical objective examination. Discussion: There are few scientific and safe methods in ameliorating chemotherapy-induced toxicity. The proposed study may provide direct and convincing evidence to support YH0618 as an adjuvant treatment for reducing chemotherapy-induced toxicity, which could be introduced into clinical settings. Trial registration: Chinese Clinical Trial Registry: ChiCTR-IOR-15006486. Registered on 21 May 2015.
Original languageEnglish
Article number354
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 26 Jul 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Anthracyclines
  • Chemotherapy-induced toxicity
  • Dermatologic toxicity
  • Fatigue
  • Study protocol
  • Taxanes
  • YH0618

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Pharmacology (medical)


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