Investigation of the Anti-Cancer Activity of Artichoke Extract in an Asbestos-Exposed Population

Official Title

Investigation of the Anti-Cancer Activity of Artichoke Extract in an Asbestos-Exposed Population (The ABOCA Phase II Trial)

Summary:

This is a single-arm phase II trial to assess the biological activity (in a sub-cohort using a Simon two-stage Phase II design) and toxicity of Artichoke Whole Phytocomplex Concentrate (WPC). The objective of the study is to explore the potential for a non-toxic phytocomplex extract from the artichoke plant as a chemoprevention agent.

Trial Description

Primary Outcome:

  • Efficacy outcome
Secondary Outcome:
  • Safety outcome
In individuals exposed to asbestos and affected with asbestosis or asbestos-related benign pleural disease, and therefore at increased risk of mesothelioma, the investigators will evaluate whether the treatment with the commercially-available Artichoke Whole Phytocomplex Concentrate (Artichoke WPC) for 90 days will decrease mesothelin serum levels. Although the investigators have general information on toxicity in humans, the investigators will monitor and assess the potential toxicity of Artichoke WPC in this patient population. In addition to mesothelin, the investigators plan to evaluate the effects of Artichoke WPC on serum microRNAs (miRNAs). The use of miRNAs as minimally-invasive biomarkers has opened new opportunities for the diagnosis of cancer. A number of studies have addressed the potential association of disregulated miRNA profiling and benign asbestos-related disease and mesothelioma. Thus, the investigators will evaluate serum miRNA profiling before and after treatment with Artichoke WPC.

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