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Cryosurgery in Treating Patients With Soft Tissue Sarcoma

This study has been terminated.
(Insufficient Accrual)
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
University of Southern California Identifier:
First received: November 1, 1999
Last updated: May 20, 2014
Last verified: May 2014

RATIONALE: Cryosurgery kills cancer cells by freezing them. Drugs used in chemotherapy use different ways to stop tumor cells from dividing so they stop growing or die. Combining cryosurgery with chemotherapy may kill more tumor cells.

PURPOSE: Phase I trial to study the effectiveness of cryosurgery with or without chemotherapy in treating patients who have soft tissue sarcoma.

Condition Intervention Phase
Drug: chemotherapy
Procedure: conventional surgery
Procedure: cryosurgery
Phase 1

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment

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Further study details as provided by University of Southern California:

Enrollment: 19
Study Start Date: June 1996
Study Completion Date: July 2000
Primary Completion Date: July 2000 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Detailed Description:

OBJECTIVES: I. Assess the safety and morbidity associated with cryosurgical ablation in patients with soft tissue sarcomas of the extremity.

OUTLINE: All patients undergo 1 session of cryoablation. Patients with high-grade sarcoma receive systemic chemotherapy 10-14 days after cryoablation at the discretion of the consulting medical oncologist, and undergo surgery 2-3 weeks following chemotherapy. Patients with low-grade sarcoma and those with high-grade sarcoma who do not receive chemotherapy undergo surgery 4-6 weeks after cryoablation. Surgery for all patients consists of en bloc resection or amputation, with limb salvage attempted when feasible. Patients are followed weekly for 3 weeks.

PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A total of 12 patients (approximately 6 patients with low-grade, high-risk sarcoma and 6 with high-grade sarcoma) will be entered over approximately 6 months. The study will be suspended for the following: vascular complication that requires surgical intervention for correction in 2 patients; any neuropraxia that shows no evidence of resolution after 3 months in 2 patients; any wound complication that requires surgical correction in 4 patients; or any deep wound infection that requires surgical drainage in 4 patients.


Ages Eligible for Study:   Child, Adult, Senior
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

DISEASE CHARACTERISTICS: Biopsy-proven soft tissue sarcoma (STS) of the extremity Review by Pathology Department of the University of Southern California CT or MRI required prior to biopsy Disease in one of the following categories: High-grade tumor Low-grade tumor at high risk for local recurrence, i.e.: Adjacent to bone or vital neurovascular structures and able to be removed with a minimal surgical margin (i.e., plane of dissection goes through reactive zone of tumor) Lesion more than 5 cm in diameter The following tumors exclude: Primary sarcoma of the bone Metastatic carcinoma STS of the head and neck Visceral STS, e.g., breast, uterus, spermatic cord, mediastinum chest wall STS of the pelvis or retroperitoneum

PATIENT CHARACTERISTICS: Age: Any age Performance status: Not specified Hematopoietic: WBC at least 3,000 Platelets at least 75,000 Hemoglobin at least 9 g/Dl Hepatic: Bilirubin no greater than 1.5 mg/dL AST/ALT no greater than 2.5 times normal Renal: Not specified Other: No concurrent disease that renders patient medically or psychologically unable to tolerate treatment

PRIOR CONCURRENT THERAPY: At least 30 days since therapy for sarcoma

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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00002863

United States, California
USC/Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center
Los Angeles, California, United States, 90033-0800
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Southern California
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Study Chair: Lawrence Menendez, MD University of Southern California
  More Information

Responsible Party: University of Southern California Identifier: NCT00002863     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: CDR0000065134
Study First Received: November 1, 1999
Last Updated: May 20, 2014

Keywords provided by University of Southern California:
recurrent childhood rhabdomyosarcoma
stage I adult soft tissue sarcoma
stage II adult soft tissue sarcoma
stage III adult soft tissue sarcoma
recurrent adult soft tissue sarcoma
nonmetastatic childhood soft tissue sarcoma
recurrent childhood soft tissue sarcoma
previously untreated childhood rhabdomyosarcoma
stage IV adult soft tissue sarcoma

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Neoplasms, Connective and Soft Tissue
Neoplasms by Histologic Type
Neoplasms processed this record on April 24, 2017