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Magnetic Resonance Imaging of Lymph Nodes Using Ferumoxytol in Patients With Primary Prostate or Breast Cancer

This study has been completed.
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Mukesh Harisinghani, MD, Massachusetts General Hospital Identifier:
First received: July 8, 2004
Last updated: May 12, 2013
Last verified: May 2013

RATIONALE: Diagnostic procedures such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) using ferumoxytol may improve the ability to detect cancer that has spread to the lymph nodes and may help plan effective cancer treatment.

PURPOSE: This clinical trial is studying how well MRI using ferumoxytol works in detecting metastases to the lymph nodes in patients with primary prostate cancer or primary breast cancer.

Condition Intervention
Breast Cancer
Prostate Cancer
Drug: ferumoxytol
Procedure: magnetic resonance imaging

Study Type: Observational
Official Title: An NCI-Sponsored Exploratory Study For Determining Optimum Timing For The Imaging Of Intravenous Superparamagnetic Particle Ferumoxytol (Code7228) For The Differentiation of Metastatic and Non Metastatic Lymph Nodes in Patients With Known Primary Cancer Scheduled For Possible Surgical Lymph Node Biopsy/Dissection

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Further study details as provided by Massachusetts General Hospital:

Estimated Enrollment: 14
Study Start Date: September 2004
Primary Completion Date: September 2006 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Detailed Description:



  • Determine the range of optimal timing for magnetic resonance imaging of lymph nodes after administration of ferumoxytol, in terms of assessing signal intensity using pre-defined pulse sequences in regions of interest and visual criteria, in patients with primary prostate or breast cancer who are scheduled to undergo surgical lymph node dissection or sampling.


  • Correlate MRI signal intensity with histological findings in patients undergoing this procedure.

OUTLINE: This is an open-label, pilot study.

Patients undergo a baseline MRI. Within 24 hours after the baseline MRI, patients receive ferumoxytol IV over 10-15 seconds (or over 1 hour). Patients then undergo MRI immediately after ferumoxytol administration (at the discretion of the principal investigator) and then at 24-28 hours.

Patients are followed at 2 weeks.

PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A total of 10-14 patients (6-8 with prostate cancer and 4-6 with breast cancer) will be accrued for this study.


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


  • Histologically confirmed primary prostate or breast cancer
  • Suspected lymph node metastatic disease by standard MRI or CT scan
  • Scheduled for surgical lymph node dissection or sampling
  • Hormone receptor status:

    • Not specified



  • 18 and over


  • Not specified

Menopausal status

  • Not specified

Performance status

  • Not specified

Life expectancy

  • Not specified


  • No prior ferritin > 800 ng/mL
  • No prior transferrin saturation > 60%
  • No history of iron overload or hemachromatosis

    • Patients with a clinical history of suspected iron overload or hemachromatosis must have normal serum iron, ferritin, and transferrin saturation


  • Bilirubin ≤ 2 times upper limit of normal (ULN)
  • SGOT ≤ 2 times ULN


  • Not specified


  • No requirement for monitored anesthesia during MRI
  • No known allergic or hypersensitivity reaction to any of the following parenterally-administered preparations:

    • Iron
    • Dextran
    • Iron dextran
    • Iron polysaccharide
  • Not pregnant or nursing
  • Negative pregnancy test
  • Fertile patients must use effective contraception for at least 1 month before and during study participation


Biologic therapy

  • Not specified


  • Not specified

Endocrine therapy

  • Not specified


  • Not specified


  • Not specified


  • No prior therapy for metastatic disease
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00087347

United States, Massachusetts
Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center
Boston, Massachusetts, United States, 02114
Sponsors and Collaborators
Massachusetts General Hospital
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Study Chair: Mukesh Harisinghani, MD Massachusetts General Hospital
  More Information

Responsible Party: Mukesh Harisinghani, MD, Associate Professor, Massachusetts General Hospital Identifier: NCT00087347     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: CDR0000374491  MGH-2004-P-000681/2  NCI-6809 
Study First Received: July 8, 2004
Last Updated: May 12, 2013
Health Authority: United States: Federal Government
United States: Food and Drug Administration

Keywords provided by Massachusetts General Hospital:
recurrent prostate cancer
stage I prostate cancer
stage IIB prostate cancer
stage IIA prostate cancer
stage III prostate cancer
stage IV prostate cancer
stage I breast cancer
stage II breast cancer
stage IIIA breast cancer
stage IIIB breast cancer
stage IIIC breast cancer
stage IV breast cancer
recurrent breast cancer

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Prostatic Neoplasms
Breast Neoplasms
Genital Neoplasms, Male
Urogenital Neoplasms
Neoplasms by Site
Genital Diseases, Male
Prostatic Diseases
Breast Diseases
Skin Diseases
Ferrosoferric Oxide
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