New Brain Tumor
Treatment Involves Scorpion Venom – New Narcolepsy Drug used to Ease
Fatigue and Depression in Cancer Patients
June 5th 2006
that a drug used to treat narcolepsy, modafinil, (Provigil), has shown
promise in relieving symptoms of fatigue in patients with brain tumors.
These improvements have been shown to be “clinically meaningful” in all
areas tested including cognitive abilities (21 percent average
improvement), mood (35 percent average improvement) and fatigue (average
improvement of 47 percent improvement).
The drugs have
already been used to help treat depression and fatigue in patients
suffering from with multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, stroke,
cocaine addiction, HIV infection, and narcolepsy, a condition that
causes spontaneous, sometimes unexpected sleep.
The study author,
Thomas A. Kaleita, says that "Modafinil was very effective in improving
neurocognitive abilities, fatigue levels and depression symptoms in
adult brain tumor patients. The improvement in depressive symptoms was
quite a surprise for us." Kaleita is assistant professor of psychiatry