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Bevacizumab and Radiation Therapy for Sarcomas

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 April 2010 by Massachusetts General Hospital.
Recruitment status was:  Recruiting
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
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First received: July 21, 2006
Last updated: April 27, 2010
Last verified: April 2010
The main purpose of this study is to test the effectiveness of bevacizumab in combination with radiation therapy to see what effects (good or bad) they have on patients with soft tissue sarcoma. Bevacizumab is an antibody designed specifically to slow or stop the growth of cancerous tumors by decreasing the blood supply to the tumor. Bevacizumab is approved by the FDA in combination with intravenous 5-fluorouracil-based chemotherapy as a treatment for patients with cancer of the colon or rectum that has spread. However, the use of bevacizumab in combination with radiation for sarcomas is still under investigation.

Condition Intervention Phase
Soft Tissue Sarcoma
Fibrous Histiocytoma
Synovial Sarcoma
Drug: Bevacizumab
Procedure: Radiation Therapy
Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Non-Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Phase II Study of Neoadjuvant Bevacizumab and Radiation Therapy for Resectable Soft Tissue Sarcomas

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Further study details as provided by Massachusetts General Hospital:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • To determine the objective response rate for neoadjuvant bevacizumab combined with radiation therapy for intermediate and high-risk soft tissue sarcomas. [ Time Frame: 3 years ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • To analyze the biologic effects of this regimen on tumor vasculature, blood flow, and oxygenation [ Time Frame: 3 years ]
  • to obtain preliminary data regarding local control, distant control, disease-free survival, and overall survival with this regimen. [ Time Frame: TBD ]

Estimated Enrollment: 28
Study Start Date: July 2006
Estimated Study Completion Date: March 2010
Estimated Primary Completion Date: March 2010 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Intervention Details:
    Drug: Bevacizumab
    Given intravenously every 2 weeks for a total of 2 doses
    Procedure: Radiation Therapy
    Given two weeks after the first bevacizumab infusion and delivered 5 days a week over 6 weeks/
Detailed Description:
  • The dose of bevacizumab and radiation therapy will be the same for all participants throughout the study.
  • Bevacizumab will be given as an intravenous infusion every 2 weeks for a total of 4 doses.
  • Radiation therapy will begin 2 weeks after the first bevacizumab infusion and will be delivered 5 days per week over a period of 6 weeks. This is done as an outpatient procedure. Each 2 week period will be considered a separate treatment cycle. Participants will be treated with radiation therapy for a maximum of 3 cycles (6 weeks).
  • A surgeon will evaluate the participants tumor by radiologic studies before study treatment to determine if surgical removal is possible. After the completion of study treatment, a surgeon will repeat the evaluation of the tumor. Surgery will performed 6-7 weeks after the completion of radiation therapy.

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

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Primary soft tissue sarcoma (STS) or an isolated local recurrence of STS. Open incisional biopsy or core biopsies should be performed within 8 weeks prior to registration
  • Tumor grade of intermediate or high grade
  • Tumor must be located on the upper extremity, the lower extremity, trunk, retroperitoneum, or pelvis
  • Primary tumors must be > 5.0cm in maximal diameter and local recurrence can be any size
  • 18 years of age or older
  • Zubrod performance status of 0-2
  • Adequate organ and marrow function

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Metastatic disease
  • Pregnant or lactating women
  • HIV positive patients
  • Prior treatment with radiation, chemotherapy or biotherapy for this tumor
  • History or evidence of CNS disease
  • Serious, non-healing wound, ulcer, or bone fracture
  • Clinically significant cardiovascular disease, NYHA Grade II or greater congestive heart failure, serious cardiac arrhythmia requiring medication, or Grade II or greater peripheral vascular disease within 1 year
  • History of stroke within the past 6 months
  • Major surgical procedure or significant traumatic injury within 28 days
  • Current or recent (within 10 days) use of full-dose oral or parenteral anticoagulants or thrombolytic agents.
  • Presence of bleeding diathesis or coagulopathy
  • Proteinuria at baseline or clinically significant impairment of renal function
  • History of abdominal fistula, gastrointestinal perforation, or inta-abdominal abscess within the past 6 months
  • Documented history of uncontrolled seizures
  • Grade 2 or greater sensory neuropathy based upon the NCI CTCAE, version 3.0
  • Known history of deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolus
  • Known hypercoagulable disorder
  • History of hepatic cirrhosis or current hepatic dysfunction
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00356031

Contact: Yen-Lin Chen, MD 617-726-6876

United States, Massachusetts
Massachusetts General Hospital Recruiting
Boston, Massachusetts, United States, 02114
Sponsors and Collaborators
Massachusetts General Hospital
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Principal Investigator: Yen-Lin Chen, MD Massachusetts General Hospital
  More Information

Responsible Party: Yen-Lin Chen, MD, Massachusetts General Hospital Identifier: NCT00356031     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 05-090
1R21CA117128-01A1 ( US NIH Grant/Contract Award Number )
Study First Received: July 21, 2006
Last Updated: April 27, 2010

Keywords provided by Massachusetts General Hospital:

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Sarcoma, Synovial
Histiocytoma, Benign Fibrous
Neoplasms, Connective and Soft Tissue
Neoplasms by Histologic Type
Neoplasms, Muscle Tissue
Neoplasms, Adipose Tissue
Neoplasms, Connective Tissue
Neoplasms, Fibrous Tissue
Angiogenesis Inhibitors
Angiogenesis Modulating Agents
Growth Substances
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Growth Inhibitors
Antineoplastic Agents processed this record on April 26, 2017