RATIONALE: Infliximab may help improve energy levels in patients who have undergone
treatment for breast cancer.
PURPOSE: This phase II trial is studying how well infliximab works in treating
cancer-related fatigue in postmenopausal women who have undergone treatment for stage 0,
stage I, or stage II breast cancer.
- Determine the association between the body's immune system and energy, sleep, mood, and
other symptoms in postmenopausal women who have undergone treatment for stage 0-II
- Determine whether treatment with infliximab affects energy and immune function in these
OUTLINE: Patients receive infliximab IV over 2 hours.
Patients complete a diary twice daily for 14 days before and for 14 days after infliximab
administration to assess fatigue and other symptoms, including mood, pain, and sleep.
After completion of study treatment, patients are followed at 2 weeks and then monthly for 3
PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A total of 10 patients will be accrued for this study.
- Women who report elevated fatigue following cancer diagnosis and treatment
- Women who have medical conditions that may affect the immune system or are associated
with baseline fatigue syndrome, and/or who use medications that affect the immune
system or fatigue.
- Women with major affective disorders and those with sleep or pain disorders.
- Presence of medical conditions that may but subject at undue risk for experimental
- Chronic or recurring infections, symptoms of chronic heart failure, demyelinating
disorders, and those taking immunosuppressive medications.
- Neoplastic disease other than primary breast cancer
- Compromised cardiovascular function
- Insulin-dependent diabetes
- Neurological disorder
- Peripheral neuropathy
- Use of psychotropic medications within 2 weeks of screening
- Abnormal screening laboratory findings (i.e., creatinine > 1.4mg%; anemia; abnormal
thyroid hormone; hematuria; elevated liver function tests, low protein or albumin;
fasting glucose >120mg%; elevated FTI or TSH; positive TB screening, HIV screening or