Hypofractionated Radiotherapy (55 Gy/16 Fractions/4 Weeks) for Localized Prostate Cancer
Many patients with localized prostate cancer choose radiotherapy for treatment. Recent improvements in technology have lead to better outcomes with less side effects and better disease control rates by allowing high doses of radiation to be delivered to the cancer with lower doses to surrounding healthy tissues. Currently patients are required to attend daily treatments over seven to eight weeks which can be costly and disruptive for patients, especially those not living close to a cancer centre.
There is recent research that suggests that the same or better outcomes might be achieved in prostate cancer by delivering a smaller number of treatments, but with a higher dose of radiation given on each visit, over a shorter time than the usual seven to eight weeks.
In this study the investigators propose to treat patients with prostate cancer using 16 treatments over four weeks, thus reducing the number of visits to the cancer centre for treatment by 50%.
Procedure: Hypofractionated radiotherapy
|Study Design:||Allocation: Non-Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
|Official Title:||A Phase I/II Study of Escalated-Dose Short-Course Hypofractionated Radiotherapy (55 Gy/16 Fractions/4 Weeks) for Localized Prostate Cancer|
- rectal toxicity [ Time Frame: Study completion ]
- Prostate-specific antigen (PSA) control [ Time Frame: Study completion ]
|Study Start Date:||October 2004|
|Study Completion Date:||December 2006|
|Primary Completion Date:||December 2006 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT00129025
|Cross Cancer Institute|
|Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, T6G 1Z2|
|Principal Investigator:||Robert Pearcey, MD||AHS Cancer Control Alberta|