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Chemotherapy With or Without Radiation Therapy or Observation in Treating Young Patients With Advanced Retinoblastoma Who Have Undergone Surgery to Remove the Eye

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 June 2009 by National Cancer Institute (NCI).
Recruitment status was:  Active, not recruiting
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National Cancer Institute (NCI) Identifier:
First received: August 3, 2006
Last updated: September 16, 2013
Last verified: June 2009

RATIONALE: Drugs used in chemotherapy, such as carboplatin, vincristine, etoposide, and cytarabine, work in different ways to stop the growth of tumor cells, either by killing the cells or by stopping them from dividing. Radiation therapy uses high-energy x-rays to kill tumor cells. Giving chemotherapy with or without radiation therapy after surgery may kill any tumor cells that remain after surgery. Sometimes, after surgery, the tumor does not need more treatment until it progresses. In this case, observation may be sufficient.

PURPOSE: This clinical trial is studying how well chemotherapy with or without radiation therapy or observation works in treating young patients with advanced retinoblastoma who have undergone surgery to remove the eye.

Condition Intervention
Drug: carboplatin
Drug: cytarabine
Drug: etoposide
Drug: vincristine sulfate
Other: clinical observation
Procedure: adjuvant therapy
Radiation: radiation therapy

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Non-Randomized
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Data Collection Study to Compare the Outcome for Children With Advanced Unilateral Retinoblastoma Treated With or Without Post-Enucleation Chemotherapy ± Radiotherapy on RB 2005 11 With Historical Controls Receiving no Additional Therapy

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

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Outcome data compared to historical controls
  • Disease-free and overall survival in children undergoing observation after enucleation
  • Toxicity

Study Start Date: September 2005
Estimated Primary Completion Date: July 2010 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Detailed Description:


  • Compare outcome data in children with advanced unilateral retinoblastoma with historical controls in order to determine whether post-enucleation chemotherapy with or without radiotherapy improves outcome.
  • Determine the disease-free and overall survival of children with unilateral retinoblastoma with no adverse histological features who undergo observation after enucleation.
  • Determine the toxicity of these regimens in these patients.

OUTLINE: This is a nonrandomized study. Patients are assigned to 1 of 3 treatment groups according to histological features.

  • Group 1 (no adverse histological features): Patients are observed and monitored for the development of orbital recurrence and metastatic disease.
  • Group 2a (deep choroidal invasion and/or retrolaminar invasion of the optic nerve and disease in the anterior chamber): Patients receive carboplatin IV over 1 hour, vincristine IV, and etoposide IV over 4 hours on day 1, and, if necessary, intrathecal cytarabine on day 2. Treatment repeats every 21 days for 4 courses.
  • Group 2b (invasion of the cut end of the optic nerve): Patients receive carboplatin IV over 1 hour, vincristine IV, and etoposide IV over 4 hours on day 1, and, if necessary, intrathecal cytarabine on day 2. Treatment repeats every 21 days for 6 courses. Patients also undergo orbital radiotherapy 5 days a week for 4 weeks.

After completion of study treatment, patients are followed periodically for up to 10 years.



Ages Eligible for Study:   up to 15 Years   (Child)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No


  • Histologically confirmed unilateral retinoblastoma

    • Prior primary enucleation required
  • No metastatic spread


  • Not specified


  • See Disease Characteristics
  • No prior chemotherapy
  • No concurrent steroids as antiemetic agents
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00360750

United Kingdom
Birmingham Children's Hospital
Birmingham, England, United Kingdom, B4 6NH
Institute of Child Health at University of Bristol
Bristol, England, United Kingdom, BS2 8AE
Addenbrooke's Hospital
Cambridge, England, United Kingdom, CB2 2QQ
Leeds Cancer Centre at St. James's University Hospital
Leeds, England, United Kingdom, LS9 7TF
Leicester Royal Infirmary
Leicester, England, United Kingdom, LE1 5WW
Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children
London, England, United Kingdom, WC1N 3JH
Royal Manchester Children's Hospital
Manchester, England, United Kingdom, M27 4HA
Queen's Medical Centre
Nottingham, England, United Kingdom, NG7 2UH
Children's Hospital - Sheffield
Sheffield, England, United Kingdom, S10 2TH
Southampton General Hospital
Southampton, England, United Kingdom, SO16 6YD
Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children
Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom, BT12 6BE
Royal Hospital for Sick Children
Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom, EH9 1LF
Royal Hospital for Sick Children
Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom, G3 8SJ
Sponsors and Collaborators
Children's Cancer and Leukaemia Group
Study Chair: Helen Jenkinson, MD Birmingham Children's Hospital
  More Information Identifier: NCT00360750     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: CDR0000481598
Study First Received: August 3, 2006
Last Updated: September 16, 2013

Keywords provided by National Cancer Institute (NCI):
intraocular retinoblastoma
extraocular retinoblastoma

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Neoplasms, Neuroepithelial
Neuroectodermal Tumors
Neoplasms, Germ Cell and Embryonal
Neoplasms by Histologic Type
Neoplasms, Glandular and Epithelial
Neoplasms, Nerve Tissue
Retinal Neoplasms
Eye Neoplasms
Neoplasms by Site
Eye Diseases
Retinal Diseases
Antineoplastic Agents
Antineoplastic Agents, Phytogenic
Tubulin Modulators
Antimitotic Agents
Mitosis Modulators
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Topoisomerase II Inhibitors
Topoisomerase Inhibitors
Enzyme Inhibitors
Antimetabolites, Antineoplastic
Antiviral Agents
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