• AJAY MEHTA Central India Cancer Research Institute, Nagpur, Maharashtra, India.
  • SUCHITRA MEHTA Central India Cancer Research Institute, Nagpur, Maharashtra, India.
  • PRASAD THAKURDESAI Department of Scientific Affairs, Indus Biotech Private Limited, Pune, Maharashtra, India.


Objective: The objective of the study was to evaluate the effects of IND02 (standardized Cinnamon bark extract) supplementation for the prevention of side effects of cancer chemotherapy in female patients with breast cancer.

Methods: The study was conducted using double-blind, placebo-controlled design in 34 female breast cancer patients during the first 4 consecutive 21-day cycles of the standard chemotherapy regimen. The active treatment (IND02 capsules, 400 mg, one capsule, and thrice a day) or matching placebo was orally administrated in randomized (1:1 ratio) patients. The efficacy outcome measures were reduction in chemotherapy-induced weight loss, alopecia (hair fall), and other side effects. The safety outcome measures were hematology, ECG, vital signs, adverse event monitoring, and laboratory safety measurements.

Results: The patients on the treatment with IND02 had shown significant protection from chemotherapy-induced severe weight loss (cachexia) and alopecia (reduced hair density and % hairs in the anagen phase, and increased % hairs in telogen phase) which was seen in the placebo group. IND02 treatment was found safe and well-tolerated during the study.

Conclusion: Concomitant use of IND02 in breast cancer patients during breast cancer chemotherapy showed a clinical promise regarding efficacy and safety in preventing chemotherapy-induced weight loss and alopecia.

Keywords: Cinnamon bark extract, Chemotherapy-induced alopecia, Weight loss, Side effects, Breast cancer patients

Author Biographies

AJAY MEHTA, Central India Cancer Research Institute, Nagpur, Maharashtra, India.

Department of Surgical Oncology



SUCHITRA MEHTA, Central India Cancer Research Institute, Nagpur, Maharashtra, India.

Department of Surgical Oncology


PRASAD THAKURDESAI, Department of Scientific Affairs, Indus Biotech Private Limited, Pune, Maharashtra, India.

Department of Scientific affairs, Indus Biotech Private Limited, India

Chief Scientific Officer


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