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Evaluating the Use of Fibrin Tissue Adhesive in Melanoma Patients

This study has been completed.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
M.D. Anderson Cancer Center Identifier:
First received: July 23, 2007
Last updated: August 1, 2012
Last verified: August 2012

Primary Objective:

1. To determine whether the use of a fibrin sealant applied to superficial groin soft tissues following node dissection can result in decreased cumulative postoperative drainage, earlier drain removal, and lower incidence of seroma.

Secondary Objectives:

  1. To determine the postoperative morbidity rate using fibrin sealant following superficial groin dissection.
  2. To assess patient-valuation of outcome by performing a cost-benefit analysis using a willingness-to-pay model.
  3. To determine if serum levels, lymphatic fluids level, or cutaneous expression of vascular endothelial growth factor-D (VEGF-D), vascular endothelial growth factor-C (VEGF-C) or their receptor, vascular endothelial growth factor receptor-3 (VEGFR-3) correlates with nodal tumor burden or development of lymphedema in patients with melanoma.

Condition Intervention
Drug: Fibrin Sealant

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Randomized Trial Evaluating the Use of Fibrin Tissue Adhesive Following Superficial Groin Dissection in Patients With Melanoma

Resource links provided by NLM:

Further study details as provided by M.D. Anderson Cancer Center:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Time-to-Drain Removal [ Time Frame: From surgery to 30 days post surgery ]
    The superficial groin drain will be removed once cumulative serous drainage volume 30 ml / 24 hours for 2 days or maximum of = or < 30 days has elapsed since surgery. Time calculated as days from installation of drain at first day of surgery to removal.

Enrollment: 53
Study Start Date: February 2003
Study Completion Date: March 2008
Primary Completion Date: December 2007 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Fibrin Sealant Drug: Fibrin Sealant
Tisseel applied externally to the dissected groin area.
Other Name: Tisseel
No Intervention: No Fibrin Sealant

Detailed Description:

Patients in this study are scheduled to have groin dissection as part of their surgery for treatment of their melanoma.

Within 2 weeks before entry into the study, patients will have a complete physical exam and medical history.

These patients will be randomly assigned (as in the toss of a coin) to one of two groups. Patients in one group will receive TISSEEL applied externally to the dissected groin area. Patients in the other group will receive no fibrin sealant.

For patients who are admitted to the hospital, the surgical site will be monitored by the surgeon for evidence of wound complications in the first 24 hours after surgery. At the time of discharge from the hospital, patients will be instructed in drain care and how to measure the drainage each day until the drain is removed.

The contents of the drain will be collected from patients during the first day after surgery, during the first return follow-up visit to M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, and during drain removal.

Follow-up wound exams will be performed by the local primary physician or in the M.D. Anderson Melanoma Clinic between 1-4 weeks and 6 weeks after surgery. Participation will be over after the 6-week follow-up.

This is an investigational study. The sealant is FDA approved, though its use in this study is experimental. About 58 patients will take part in this study. All will be enrolled at M. D. Anderson.


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

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Part I - Inclusion Criteria Patients that consent to participate.
  • Patients with melanoma who have undergone superficial node dissection (with or without a concurrent deep (ilioinguinal) node dissection within the last six months as part of their surgical treatment will be considered for the study.
  • Part II- Inclusion Criteria Patients that consent to participate.
  • Patients with melanoma for which a superficial node dissection is indicated (with or without a concurrent deep (ilioinguinal) node dissection.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Part II - Exclusion Criteria Patients with known hypersensitivity to bovine proteins.
  • Patient has undergone prior radiation therapy to the operative site (groin).
  • Patient is pregnant or lactating.
  • Patient is steroid dependent within last 6 months.
  • Patient has used aspirin or other anti-platelet drug (excluding Celebrex) within seven days of operation.
  • Patients with pre-existing lymphedema.
  • Patients with other pre-existing medical conditions as per the discretion of the principal investigator.
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00506311

United States, Texas
U.T.M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
Houston, Texas, United States, 77030
Sponsors and Collaborators
M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
Principal Investigator: Janice N. Cormier, MD M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
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Additional Information:
Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number):
Responsible Party: M.D. Anderson Cancer Center Identifier: NCT00506311     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: GS01-564
Study First Received: July 23, 2007
Last Updated: August 1, 2012

Keywords provided by M.D. Anderson Cancer Center:
Superficial Groin Dissection
Fibrin Tissue Adhesive
Fibrin Sealant

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Neuroendocrine Tumors
Neuroectodermal Tumors
Neoplasms, Germ Cell and Embryonal
Neoplasms by Histologic Type
Neoplasms, Nerve Tissue
Nevi and Melanomas
Fibrin Tissue Adhesive
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