Around 1 in 5 people diagnosed with cancer in the UK take part in a clinical trial.
A trial looking at using antibiotics for chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (The CLEAR Trial)
Please note - this trial is no longer recruiting patients. We hope to add results when they are available.
This trial is looking at using
Doctors are not sure what causes symptoms to develop. But researchers think this may be linked to
Who can enter
You may be able to enter this trial if you
- Have chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL) with less than 2 groups of enlarged
lymph nodesand a high white blood cellcount (stage A) and your doctor thinks your CLL can be well controlled (a good prognosis) or less well controlled (a not so good prognosis) or have monoclonal B lymphocytosis (MBL) and no enlarged lymph nodes
- Have CLL that has been stable for at least a month
- Have satisfactory blood test results
- Are well enough to be up and about for at least half the day (performance status 0, 1or 2)
- Are willing to use reliable contraception while having treatment and for 4 weeks after if there is any chance you or your partner could become pregnant
- Are at least 18 years old
You cannot enter this trial if you
- Have an
- Are HIV positive
- Are taking medications that could affect how the drugs in this trial work – your doctor can advise about this
- Are pregnant or breastfeeding
This is a phase 2 trial. It will recruit 180 people.
For 2 weeks, you take
- The antibiotics metronidazole, clarithromycin and ciproflaxacin
- Lansoprazole to protect your stomach
- An anti fungal medicine called nystatin
Nystatin is a liquid and you take a teaspoon (5 ml) 3 times a day. The rest of the medications are tablets that you take twice a day. If you can, you should take all these medications on an empty stomach.
Antibiotics can sometimes make people feel sick. If you feel sick at any time, you will also have an anti sickness tablet called domperidone that you can take up to 3 times a day.
You have a diary card to fill in to record when you take your tablets. If you agree to take part in this trial, the researchers will ask for extra blood samples and a sample of spit (saliva). They will take another blood sample 6 months later. They will use these samples to find out more about treatment for CLL. You don’t have to agree to this if you don’t want to. You can still take part in the main trial.
You see the doctor twice for a physical examination and blood tests before starting treatment.
A week after starting treatment, the researchers will contact you by phone to see how you are.
After treatment you see the doctor at 6 weeks for a physical examination and blood test. You also hand in the completed diary card.
You then see the doctor at 6 months and 1 year for another examination and blood test. You may have a bone marrow test if your doctor decides you need one.
The most common side effects of the drugs used in this trial are
- Loss of appetite
- Feeling or being sick
You can’t drink any alcohol during treatment and for at least 48 hours after finishing, otherwise it could make you very sick.
We have more information about treatment for chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL).
How to join a clinical trial
Please note: In order to join a trial you will need to discuss it with your doctor, unless otherwise specified.
Dr Stephen Devereux
Kings College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
NIHR Clinical Research Network: Cancer