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Virtual Reality for GI Cancer Pain to Improve Patient Reported Outcomes

Patients with digestive tract malignancy often experience severe and unremitting abdominal pain that negatively affects physical, emotional, and social function, as well as health related quality of life (HRQOL). Therapeutic virtual reality (VR) has emerged as a promising and evidence-based treatment modality for cancer pain. Users of VR wear a pair of goggles with a close-proximity screen in front of the eyes that creates a sensation of being transported into lifelike, three-dimensional worlds. To date, VR has been limited to short-term clinical trials for cancer pain. Moreover, limited research exists on theory-based VR modalities beyond mere distraction, such as VR that employs acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) with components of biofeedback and mindfulness. To bridge these gaps, this study seeks to: (1) assess the impact of immersive VR on patient-reported outcomes (PROs), including pain, activity metrics, and opioid use among patients with visceral pain from a digestive tract malignancy; (2) assess differences in PROs, activity metrics, and opioid use between skills-based VR therapy vs. distraction VR therapy; and (3) determine patient-level predictors of VR treatment response in visceral cancer pain. To address these aims, the study will measure PROs and opioid use in 360 patients randomized among 3 groups and follow them for 60 days after enrollment: (1) an enhanced VR group receiving skills-based VR; (2) a distraction-based VR group receiving patient-selected VR videos; and (3) a VR sham control group using a VR headset with 2-D content. The results will inform best practices for the implementation of VR for visceral cancer pain management and guide selection of patient-tailored experiences.

Los Angeles, CaliforniaStart: October 2021
Esketamine Adjuvant Therapy for Patients With Chronic Visceral Pain Comorbid Major Depressive Disorder

Ketamine is a dissociative anesthetic and powerful analgesic. At low doses, ketamine can desensitize the central pain pathway and modulate opioid receptors. Studies have generally found that preoperative use of ketamine can reduce opioid consumption by approximately 50% and sub-anaesthetic doses of it have a rapid antidepressant effect, especially refractory depression. Studies have confirmed that esketamine, the S(+) enantiomer of ketamine, has a stronger affinity for NMDA receptors, which can achieve the same effect at smaller doses. While the incidence of neuropsychiatric side effects is significantly lower. On March 4, 2019, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) first approved esketamine nasal spray with a new mechanism of action for the treatment of adult patients with refractory depression. Based on the analgesic and antidepressant effects of ketamine, the investigators speculate that esketamine may be effective for patients with chronic visceral pain comorbid depression. At present, the research evidence in this area is relatively lacking. Therefore, this study aims to explore the difference in the efficacy and safety of esketamine as an adjuvant therapy and positive control drug-pregabalin in patients with chronic visceral pain comorbid depression. Detailed Description: According to the inclusion criteria and exclusion criteria, select patients with chronic visceral pain comorbid depression. Filtering and grouping period: During this phase, the patient will sign an informed consent form, and then conduct a structured clinical evaluation to determine whether it meets the "depressive disorder" in the DSM-IV-TR diagnostic criteria. According to the ICD-11, determine whether the patients have chronic visceral pain. Acute treatment period: Randomize patients into the following treatment groups: intravenous administration of esketamine (3 groups, 0.125, 0.25, 0.50 mg/kg), and duloxetine is co- administered orally. Pregabalin capsules were administered combined with duloxetine orally. observation period: After 2 weeks, esketamine treatment was discontinued, and observation was continued for 2 weeks. Maintain duloxetine and pregabalin treatment.

Start: May 2021