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Boron Neutron Capture Therapy in Treating Patients With Melanoma

This study has been completed.
Information provided by:
National Cancer Institute (NCI) Identifier:
First received: May 6, 2003
Last updated: June 25, 2013
Last verified: December 2005

RATIONALE: Boron neutron capture therapy may selectively kill tumor cells without harming normal tissue.

PURPOSE: Phase II trial to study the effectiveness of boron neutron capture therapy in treating patients who have melanoma.

Condition Intervention Phase
Melanoma (Skin) Radiation: boron neutron capture therapy Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Non-Randomized
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Phase II Trial For Neutron Capture Therapy In Melanoma

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Further study details as provided by National Cancer Institute (NCI):

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Clinical response
  • Time course, uniformity, and severity of acute dermal reactions
  • Late dermal reaction after at least six months
  • Pharmacokinetics

Study Start Date: May 2002
Study Completion Date: January 2004
Detailed Description:


  • Determine the clinical response, by serial objective measurements, in patients with melanoma treated with boron neutron capture therapy.
  • Determine the time course, uniformity, and severity of acute dermal reactions in patients treated with this regimen.
  • Determine the late dermal reactions in patients who are followed for at least 6 months after treatment with this regimen.
  • Determine the pharmacokinetics of this regimen in these patients.

OUTLINE: Patients are stratified according to tumor size (no greater than 15 cc vs greater than 15 cc).

Patients undergo boron neutron capture therapy.

Patients are followed for 3 years.

PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A total of 36 patients will be accrued for this study within 3 years.


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No


  • Histologically confirmed melanoma
  • Evaluable disease
  • Lesion(s) to be irradiated must be located in 1 of the following areas:

    • On an extremity
    • On the head or neck (including the scalp)
    • In the subdermal lymphatics (excluding the proximal axilla)
  • Area to be irradiated must not exceed a maximum dimension of 10 cm

    • Maximum tumor depth from the surface of the skin cannot exceed 6 cm



  • 18 and over

Performance status

  • ECOG 0-1

Life expectancy

  • More than 6 months


  • Not specified


  • Not specified


  • Creatinine normal


  • No history of severe cardiac disease
  • No uncontrolled arrhythmias or conduction defects
  • No unstable or newly diagnosed angina pectoris
  • No recent coronary artery disease
  • No congestive heart failure


  • Not pregnant
  • Negative pregnancy test
  • No history of phenylketonuria
  • Must have sufficient mental competence


Biologic therapy

  • Not specified


  • Not specified

Endocrine therapy

  • Not specified


  • No prior radiotherapy to study sites


  • Not specified
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00059800

United States, Massachusetts
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Boston, Massachusetts, United States, 02215
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States, 02139
Sponsors and Collaborators
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Study Chair: Paul M. Busse, MD, PhD Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
  More Information Identifier: NCT00059800     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: BIDMC-W-01-0380-FB
CDR0000287207 ( Registry Identifier: PDQ (Physician Data Query) )
Study First Received: May 6, 2003
Last Updated: June 25, 2013

Keywords provided by National Cancer Institute (NCI):
recurrent melanoma
stage 0 melanoma
stage I melanoma
stage II melanoma
stage III melanoma
stage IV melanoma

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Neuroendocrine Tumors
Neuroectodermal Tumors
Neoplasms, Germ Cell and Embryonal
Neoplasms by Histologic Type
Neoplasms, Nerve Tissue
Nevi and Melanomas
Trace Elements
Growth Substances
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