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Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy in Treating Patients With Radiation Necrosis of the Brain

The recruitment status of this study is unknown. The completion date has passed and the status has not been verified in more than two years.
Verified July 2007 by National Cancer Institute (NCI).
Recruitment status was:  Active, not recruiting
Sponsor:
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT00087815
First Posted: July 16, 2004
Last Update Posted: December 18, 2013
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Collaborator:
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Information provided by:
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
  Purpose

RATIONALE: Hyperbaric oxygen may increase blood flow and decrease swelling in areas of the brain damaged by radiation therapy. Giving hyperbaric oxygen therapy together with dexamethasone may be an effective treatment for radiation necrosis of the brain.

PURPOSE: This randomized clinical trial is studying how well hyperbaric oxygen therapy works in treating patients with radiation necrosis of the brain.


Condition Intervention
Brain and Central Nervous System Tumors Cognitive/Functional Effects Radiation Toxicity Drug: dexamethasone Drug: hyperbaric oxygen Procedure: cognitive assessment Procedure: magnetic resonance imaging Procedure: positron emission tomography Procedure: quality-of-life assessment

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Masking: Single
Primary Purpose: Supportive Care
Official Title: Complimentary Hyperbaric Oxygen for Brain Radionecrosis

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

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Vasogenic edema volume by MRI at baseline, every 30 days during treatment, at the end of treatment, and then at 1, 2, and 4 months after treatment
  • Lesion volume (contrast enhancement and necrotic core) by MRI at baseline, every 30 days during treatment, at the end of treatment, and then at 1, 2, and 4 months after treatment
  • Neurologic status, including mental status, cranial nerves, motor function, sensory function, reflexes, coordination, and gait at baseline, every 30 days during treatment, at the end of treatment, and then at 1, 2, and 4 months after treatment
  • Health-related quality of life by Short Form-36 Health Survey and General Well-Being Schedule at baseline, every 30 days during treatment, at the end of treatment, and then at 1, 2, and 4 months after treatment
  • Revascularization by perfusion MRI at baseline, every 30 days during treatment, at the end of treatment, and then at 1, 2, and 4 months after treatment
  • Survival every 30 days during treatment, at the end of treatment, and then at 1, 2, and 4 months after treatment
  • Drop-out rate by steroid dosage at baseline, every 30 days during treatment, at the end of treatment, and then at 1, 2, and 4 months after treatment
  • Tumor progression by physical examination, positron emission tomography scans, and MRI at baseline, every 30 days during treatment, at the end of treatment, and then at 1, 2, and 4 months after treatment
  • Brain radionecrosis progression by MRI at baseline, every 30 days during treatment, at the end of treatment, and then at 1, 2, and 4 months after treatment
  • Adverse events (e.g., events related to barotrauma and oxygen or steroid toxicity) at baseline, every 30 days during treatment, at the end of treatment, and then at 1, 2, and 4 months after treatment

Estimated Enrollment: 30
Study Start Date: September 2003
Estimated Study Completion Date: June 2005
Detailed Description:

OBJECTIVES:

  • Obtain pilot data demonstrating the potential for increased benefit when complementing conventional steroid therapy with adjunctive hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) in patients with brain radionecrosis.
  • Estimate the magnitude of benefit of HBOT using objective measures of neurologic function, radiographic imaging, and standardized quality of life measures in these patients.
  • Determine, preliminarily, the effect of HBOT on cerebral revascularization using perfusion MRI in these patients.
  • Determine the feasibility of performing a large-scale, randomized, controlled study (particularly with regard to patient recruitment and retention) comparing HBOT with conventional steroid therapy.

OUTLINE: This is a pilot, randomized, controlled study. Patients are randomized to 1 of 2 treatment arms.

  • Arm I (conventional care only): Patients receive baseline steroid therapy comprising oral dexamethasone 4 times daily. Steroid doses are either increased or decreased per standard protocol during the 90-day treatment period. Patients who demonstrate neurological deterioration at each evaluation (as evidenced by a decrease in Karnofsky performance status score) receive escalating doses of dexamethasone until the maximum daily dose of 32 mg is reached. Patients who reach the maximum daily dose of dexamethasone are removed from the study. Patients also receive anticonvulsant therapy during study therapy.
  • Arm II (conventional care and hyperbaric oxygen therapy [HBOT]): Patients receive conventional care as in arm I*. Patients also undergo HBOT once daily, 5 days a week, for 90 days (60 treatments total).

NOTE: *Patients in arm II who reach the maximum daily dose of dexamethasone are not removed from the study.

  • Cerebral revascularization study: Five patients from each arm are randomly selected to undergo perfusion MRI before treatment and within 1 week after completion of study therapy to determine the proportion of cerebral neovascularization in each arm.

Patients are evaluated during study by standardized physical examinations, positron emission tomography scans, perfusion MRI, complete neurologic assessment, and standardized, health-related quality of life measures at baseline, at 30-day intervals during treatment, at the end of treatment, and at 1, 2, and 4 months after completion of study therapy.

After completion of study therapy, patients are followed at 1, 2, and 4 months.

PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A total of 30 patients will be accrued for this study.

  Eligibility

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

DISEASE CHARACTERISTICS:

  • Definitive diagnosis of brain radionecrosis by MRI and positron emission tomography scan

    • Clinically symptomatic with signs of worsening neurologic deficits (e.g., focal deficits or intractable seizures)
  • Condition currently managed with increasing steroid dosage

PATIENT CHARACTERISTICS:

  • No severe pulmonary disease (i.e., untreated pneumothorax, emphysema, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or asthma)
  • No active congestive heart failure
  • LVEF ≥ 35%
  • Not pregnant
  • Negative pregnancy test
  • Fertile patients must use effective contraception
  • No psychological, familial, sociological, or geographical conditions that would preclude study compliance

PRIOR CONCURRENT THERAPY:

  • See Disease Characteristics
  • No prior or concurrent bleomycin
  • No concurrent doxorubicin hydrochloride
  • No concurrent disulfiram
  Contacts and Locations
Information from the National Library of Medicine

To learn more about this study, you or your doctor may contact the study research staff using the contact information provided by the sponsor.

Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT00087815


Locations
United States, Ohio
University of Cincinnati Medical Center
Cincinnati, Ohio, United States, 45267-0769
Sponsors and Collaborators
Barrett Cancer Center
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Laurie Gesell, MD Barrett Cancer Center
  More Information

ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00087815     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: CDR0000510427
UCMC-02101007
First Submitted: July 14, 2004
First Posted: July 16, 2004
Last Update Posted: December 18, 2013
Last Verified: July 2007

Keywords provided by National Cancer Institute (NCI):
cognitive/functional effects
radiation toxicity
adult brain tumor
childhood brain tumor

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Nervous System Neoplasms
Central Nervous System Neoplasms
Radiation Injuries
Neoplasms by Site
Neoplasms
Nervous System Diseases
Wounds and Injuries
Dexamethasone
Anti-Inflammatory Agents
Antiemetics
Autonomic Agents
Peripheral Nervous System Agents
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Gastrointestinal Agents
Glucocorticoids
Hormones
Hormones, Hormone Substitutes, and Hormone Antagonists
Antineoplastic Agents, Hormonal
Antineoplastic Agents