Magnetic Resonance (MR) Imaging to Determine High Risk Areas in Patients With Malignant Gliomas and to Design Potential Radiation Plans and to Examine Metabolite Changes in Gliomas and Other Solid Tumors

This study is currently recruiting participants. (see Contacts and Locations)
Verified June 2014 by Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center Identifier:
First received: March 26, 2009
Last updated: June 3, 2014
Last verified: June 2014

The purpose of this study is to assess the ability of these advanced MRI scans in predicting areas within a malignant glioma (brain tumor) that are at a high risk of recurring. If these advanced MRI scans are able to identify the cancerous part of the tumor, then radiation therapy can be targeted to those sites and possibly improve patient survival.

Condition Intervention
Brain Cancer
Procedure: MRI and advanced MRI sequences

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Single Blind (Investigator)
Primary Purpose: Diagnostic
Official Title: Using Advanced MR Imaging to Determine High Risk Areas in Patients With Malignant Gliomas and to Design Potential Radiation Plans: A Pilot Study, and to Examine Metabolite Changes in Gliomas and Other Solid Tumors

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Further study details as provided by Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • To assess the utility of baseline advanced MRI & changes between baseline & follow up advanced MRI in predicting high risk areas that are likely to develop progressive glioma despite chemoradiotherapy. [ Time Frame: 1 -7 weeks before radiation treatment, about two months after treatment, and about every two months thereafter for the duration of the study. ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • To compare radiation therapy simulations in patients with gliomas using conventional and baseline advanced MRI data. [ Time Frame: prior to and 1 months±3 weeks after radiation therapy. ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • feasibility of 2HG spectroscopy [ Time Frame: 2 years ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Estimated Enrollment: 100
Study Start Date: March 2009
Estimated Study Completion Date: March 2015
Estimated Primary Completion Date: March 2015 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: MRI
The advanced MRI studies will be obtained at the time of the routinely scheduled preoperative planning MRI and/or the routinely scheduled pre-RT planning MRI at approximately 3±2 weeks after surgery. The routine sequences obtained for the planning MRI are standard of care. The advanced MRI sequences may or may not be additional as some have already been adopted into the standard of care imaging at MSKCC.
Procedure: MRI and advanced MRI sequences
This is a nonrandomized study in which each patient will receive the standard clinical care (in the form of surgery, radiation therapy and/or chemotherapy), as per the treating physician. Surgical resection will be performed at the discretion of the treating Neurooncologist and/or Neurooncology Tumor Board. Advanced brain MRIs with the 2 (or, in some cases, 3) special sequences will be obtained at the time of the clinically scheduled contrast MRIs, which are usually obtained immediately prior to and 1 months±3 weeks after radiation therapy if the patient requires radiation therapy for his/her tumor. The advanced brain MRI may also be obtained before surgery for suspected or confirmed gliomas, as per the standard of care, in some patients who may or may not require radiation therapy.


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Suspected or Histopathologically proven diagnosis of high grade or low glioma or tumor is suspected to harbor an isocitrate dehydrogenase (IDH) mutation
  • May undergo radiation therapy
  • Patient and/or guardian is able to provide written informed consent prior to study registration
  • Age > or = to 18 years old

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Claustrophobia
  • Known allergic reaction to Gd-DTPA
  • Renal insufficiency with recent (<3 month old) creatinine >2.0
  • Any contraindication to MRI (e.g., pacemaker, aneurysm clip, tissue expander).
  • Pregnant or nursing female
  • Unable to cooperate for MRI and/or radiation therapy planning
  Contacts and Locations
Choosing to participate in a study is an important personal decision. Talk with your doctor and family members or friends about deciding to join a study. To learn more about this study, you or your doctor may contact the study research staff using the Contacts provided below. For general information, see Learn About Clinical Studies.

Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00870129

Contact: Robert Young, MD 212-639-8196
Contact: Kathryn Beal, MD

United States, New York
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center Recruiting
New York, New York, United States, 10065
Contact: Robert Young, MD         
Contact: Kathryn Beal, MD         
Principal Investigator: Robert Young, MD         
Sponsors and Collaborators
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
Principal Investigator: Robert Young, MD Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
  More Information

Additional Information:
No publications provided

Responsible Party: Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center Identifier: NCT00870129     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 09-009
Study First Received: March 26, 2009
Last Updated: June 3, 2014
Health Authority: United States: Institutional Review Board

Keywords provided by Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center:
brain tumor

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Brain Neoplasms
Neoplasms, Neuroepithelial
Neuroectodermal Tumors
Neoplasms, Germ Cell and Embryonal
Neoplasms by Histologic Type
Neoplasms, Glandular and Epithelial
Neoplasms, Nerve Tissue
Central Nervous System Neoplasms
Nervous System Neoplasms
Neoplasms by Site
Brain Diseases
Central Nervous System Diseases
Nervous System Diseases processed this record on October 01, 2014