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Observation of Young Patients Who Are Undergoing Surgery for Craniopharyngioma

This study has been completed.
Information provided by:
National Cancer Institute (NCI) Identifier:
First received: November 22, 2005
Last updated: August 1, 2013
Last verified: October 2007

RATIONALE: Collecting information on how craniopharyngioma is diagnosed and treated may help doctors predict a patient's response to treatment and help plan the best treatment. It may also help identify the intermediate- and long-term effects of treatment.

PURPOSE: This clinical trial is collecting information on diagnosis, treatment, and quality of life of young patients who are undergoing surgery for craniopharyngioma.

Condition Intervention
Brain and Central Nervous System Tumors
Long-term Effects Secondary to Cancer Therapy in Children
Perioperative/Postoperative Complications
Psychosocial Effects of Cancer and Its Treatment
Weight Changes
Other: metabolic assessment
Other: physiologic testing
Procedure: biopsy
Procedure: computed tomography
Procedure: conventional surgery
Procedure: magnetic resonance imaging
Procedure: management of therapy complications
Procedure: psychosocial assessment and care
Procedure: quality-of-life assessment
Radiation: radiation therapy

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Diagnostic
Official Title: Prospective, Multi-Center Survey Study of Children and Adolescents With Craniopharyngioma

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

Estimated Enrollment: 120
Study Start Date: May 2001
Study Completion Date: September 2009
Primary Completion Date: September 2007 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Detailed Description:



  • Identify all applied therapy strategies in pediatric patients with craniopharyngioma.
  • Correlate relapse status with different therapy strategies/modality in these patients.
  • Determine the health status (i.e., ophthalmologic, neuropediatric, and endocrine findings) and the health-related quality of life of these patients after treatment.


  • Determine the incidence of craniopharyngioma in pediatric patients.
  • Identify quality control measures for diagnosis and therapy in these patients.
  • Improve long-term care through a standardized follow-up program in these patients.
  • Determine the efficacy of endocrine substitution for postoperative hypopituitarism in these patients.
  • Identify risk factors for developing obesity and correlate the neurotransmitter concentration of leptin and neuropeptide Y in cerebral spinal fluid, serum, and craniopharyngioma cystic fluid with the likelihood of developing obesity in these patients.
  • Determine the incidence and extent of eating disorders in these patients.

OUTLINE: This is a multicenter study.

Patients undergo neurologic, endocrine, and ophthalmologic tests and anthropometric diagnostic measurements. Patients then undergo 1 of the following surgical procedures: total resection; incomplete, subtotal, or partial resection; biopsy; or cyst pressure release. Patients whose tumor relapses may undergo a second resection and/or radiotherapy.

Quality of life is assessed at baseline and then periodically thereafter.

After surgery, patients are followed periodically.

PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A total of 120 patients will be accrued for this study.


Ages Eligible for Study:   up to 18 Years   (Child, Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No


  • Diagnosis of primary craniopharyngioma by MRI and CT scan (initial diagnosis)

    • Patients with only cystic sellar or parasellar malformation (e.g., Rathke pouch cysts or suprasellar cysts) are allowed but will undergo observation only


Performance status

  • Not specified

Life expectancy

  • Not specified


  • Not specified


  • Not specified


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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00258453

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Sponsors and Collaborators
Gesellschaft fur Padiatrische Onkologie und Hamatologie - Germany
Study Chair: Hermann Mueller, MD Klinikum Oldenburg
  More Information

Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number): Identifier: NCT00258453     History of Changes
CDR0000450768 ( Registry Identifier: PDQ (Physician Data Query) )
Study First Received: November 22, 2005
Last Updated: August 1, 2013

Keywords provided by National Cancer Institute (NCI):
psychosocial effects of cancer and its treatment
long-term effects secondary to cancer therapy in children
perioperative/postoperative complications
weight changes
childhood craniopharyngioma

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Nervous System Neoplasms
Central Nervous System Neoplasms
Postoperative Complications
Body Weight Changes
Neoplasms by Site
Nervous System Diseases
Pathologic Processes
Body Weight
Signs and Symptoms
Neuroectodermal Tumors
Neoplasms, Germ Cell and Embryonal
Neoplasms by Histologic Type
Neoplasms, Nerve Tissue
Bone Neoplasms
Bone Diseases
Musculoskeletal Diseases processed this record on March 24, 2017