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Minocycline Hydrochloride in Reducing Chemotherapy Induced Depression and Anxiety in Patients With Stage I-III Breast Cancer

Protocol: OSU-13165

Full Title

Randomized Placebo Controlled Study of Minocycline for Amelioration of Chemotherapy Induced Affective Disorders


This randomized clinical trial studies how well minocycline hydrochloride works in reducing chemotherapy induced depression and anxiety in patients with stage I-III breast cancer. Minocycline hydrochloride may prevent changes in memory and thinking and improve the quality of life of breast cancer patients receiving chemotherapy.

Study Objective


I. To evaluate anxiety and depression in women with stages I-III breast cancer during the first 8 weeks of doxorubicin-based adjuvant therapy randomized to receive either minocycline (minocycline hydrochloride) or placebo.

II. To evaluate markers of neuro-inflammation as assessed by blood based inflammatory cytokines and C11-choline positron emission tomography (PET) in women with stages I-III breast cancer during the first 8 weeks of doxorubicin-based adjuvant therapy randomized to receive either minocycline or placebo.

OUTLINE: Patients are randomized to 1 of 2 arms.

ARM I: Beginning 1 week prior to chemotherapy, patients receive minocycline hydrochloride orally (PO) twice daily (BID) for 9 weeks.

ARM II: Beginning 1 week prior to chemotherapy, patients receive placebo PO BID for 9 weeks.

After completion of study treatment, patients are followed up for 6 months.

Are you eligible?

Inclusion Criteria:

Women diagnosed with breast cancer stages I-III initiating first line adjuvant or neoadjuvant doxorubicin hydrochloride (DOX) chemotherapy

Postmenopausal defined as amenorrhea > 12 months or follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) and estradiol in institutional postmenopausal range

Ability to understand English and read and write at the 8th grade level and give a written informed consent document

Exclusion Criteria:

Rheumatoid arthritis and other types of autoimmune and inflammatory joint disease, with the exception of osteoarthritis and fibromyalgia

Concurrent other malignancy or metastatic malignancy of any kind

Reported diagnosis of major depression or anxiety disorder prior to breast cancer (BC) diagnosis

Currently prescribed psychotropic medications including anti-depressants

Known bleeding disorders

History of diabetes mellitus, heart disease or stroke

Current use of warfarin or other anticoagulants

Uncontrolled intercurrent illness including, but not limited to, ongoing or active infection, symptomatic congestive heart failure, unstable angina pectoris, cardiac arrhythmia, hypertension, or psychiatric illness/social situation that would limit compliance with study requirements

Pregnant or nursing women

Concurrent use of daily full dose aspirin (>= 325 mg/day), nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) or NSAID-containing products or steroids; one month washout period is required prior to randomization

Unable to give informed consent

Tetracycline allergy

Any contraindication to magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)/PET examination including but not limited to ferromagnetic metal in the body, pacemaker, or severe claustrophobia; (however, this portion is optional and if patient is otherwise eligible, can enroll in study without participating in imaging study)

Breast Cancer