Effects of a spleen peptide preparation as supportive therapy in inoperable head and neck cancer patients

Arzneimittelforschung. 2000 Feb;50(2):178-84. doi: 10.1055/s-0031-1300186.


Patients with inoperable head and neck cancer were treated with a spleen peptide preparation (Polyerga) in a phase III randomized, placebo-controlled double-blind study during chemotherapy (cisplatin/carboplatin, 5-fluorouracil) to investigate further the efficacy of this peptide preparation as supportive treatment under chemotherapy. Immunological changes as well as quality of life aspects were examined. Forty patients were included in this study. The peptide preparation had a significant stabilizing effect on the peripheral blood lymphocyte status during chemotherapy cycles (Student t-test, p = 0.05) and tended to stabilize the shift of granulocyte count (Student t-test, p = 0.18). In addition, the group receiving the verum showed a remarkable stabilization of body weight (Mann-Whitney U-test, p = 0.17) during chemotherapy treatment and the generally observed increase of fatigue-inertia during the chemotherapy cycles was significantly reduced (Student t-test, p = 0.01).

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Clinical Trial, Phase III
  • Randomized Controlled Trial

MeSH terms

  • Antineoplastic Agents / adverse effects
  • Antineoplastic Agents / therapeutic use
  • Double-Blind Method
  • Drug Combinations
  • Fatigue / prevention & control
  • Female
  • Glycopeptides / therapeutic use*
  • Granulocytes / drug effects
  • Head and Neck Neoplasms / complications
  • Head and Neck Neoplasms / drug therapy*
  • Head and Neck Neoplasms / psychology
  • Humans
  • Leukocyte Count
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Monocytes / drug effects
  • Palliative Care
  • Peptides / therapeutic use*
  • Phenols / therapeutic use*
  • Quality Control
  • Spleen / chemistry*
  • Time Factors


  • Antineoplastic Agents
  • Drug Combinations
  • Glycopeptides
  • Peptides
  • Phenols
  • polyerga neu