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RF Ablation of Treatment of Metastatic Lesions in Patients Undergoing Antiangiogenic Therapy for Stage IV Renal Cell Carcinoma

This study has been withdrawn prior to enrollment.
(This protocol was never officially opened and no patients were recruited.)
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Rupal Bhatt, MD, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Identifier:
First received: January 15, 2008
Last updated: February 26, 2013
Last verified: February 2013
The purpose of this study is to look at the effects of a procedure called radiofrequency ablation on kidney tumors from patients who are undergoing antiangiogenic treatment. Antiangiogenic treatment is a type of treatment that inhibits formation of new blood vessels that are required for tumor growth. Radiofrequency ablation (RF ablation) involves inserting a needle into tumor tissue and administering heat to the tumor tissue that is sufficient to kill the tumor cells.

Condition Intervention
Renal Cell Carcinoma
Procedure: Radiofrequency Ablation

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Non-Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Pilot Feasibility Protocol of RF Ablation of Treatment of Metastatic Lesions in Patients Undergoing Antiangiogenic Therapy for Stage IV Renal Cell Carcinoma

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Further study details as provided by Dana-Farber Cancer Institute:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • To evaluate the safety, toxicity and feasibility of RFA for the treatment of metastatic lesion in patients undergoing antiangiogenic therapy. [ Time Frame: 3 years ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • To evaluate the efficacy of RF ablation by measurement of diameter of ablation for treatment in this patient population. [ Time Frame: 3 years ]
  • To evaluate relative efficacy of RFA in treatment of metastatic lesions showing sensitivity vs. resistance to anti-angiogenic therapy. [ Time Frame: 3 years ]
  • To examine the mechanism of resistance to antiangiogenic therapy by examining the pathologic findings in sensitive and resistant metastatic lesions in patients with RCC treated with sorafenib and sunitinib. [ Time Frame: 3 years ]
  • To study the relationship of peripheral blood angiogenic markers and vascular imaging to molecular changes within the tumor in sensitive and resistant metastatic lesions. [ Time Frame: 3 years ]

Enrollment: 0
Study Start Date: June 2007
Estimated Primary Completion Date: June 2010 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Intervention Details:
    Procedure: Radiofrequency Ablation
    Needles are inserted into the tumor(s) under guidance by a CT scan or ultrasound. The electrodes in the needles will be heated up to 202 degrees Fahrenheit and will remain heated for up to 12 minutes.
    Other Name: RF Ablation
Detailed Description:
  • Participants will undergo a RF ablation procedure of one or more of their tumors that have not gone away while they have been undergoing antiangiogenic treatment. The RF ablation procedure will be performed in the operating room at one of the Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center hospitals and will be performed under general anesthesia.
  • Blood will also be drawn 2-4 weeks before the procedure, at the time of teh procedure and 2-4 weeks after the procedure.
  • The RF ablation procedure will be performed at specified times in relation to the participants antiangiogenic treatment (sorafenib or sunitinib): a) If the participant is taking sorafenib, they will be asked to stop taking it 2-5 days prior to the RF ablation procedure; b) if the participant is taking sunitinib, they will be asked to stop taking it 4-7 days prior to the RF ablation procedure.
  • Participants will have an MRI or a CT scan of their tumor(s) within 2-4 weeks of the procedure and 2-4 weeks after the procedure. The MRI or CT will scan the tumor(s) to determine how much blood flow is going to them.
  • At the time of RF ablation, participants will have a biopsy of their tumor(s) and will receive a CT scan in the area the ablation was performed after the procedure to assess for any bleeding. They will also be monitored for 4 hours after the RF ablation procedure.

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

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Patients who are on antiangiogenic therapy for a minimum of 4 weeks and have isolated metastatic lesions showing either persistence or resistance to therapy that might benefit from local therapy such as RF ablation.
  • Male or female patients 18 years of age or older
  • Clinical, radiographic, or pathologic diagnosis of clear cell RCC
  • Ongoing treatment with sorafenib or sunitinib, off clinical trials
  • Acceptable risk for general anesthesia in the judgement of the study investigator and by the department of anesthesiology upon preoperative testing.
  • At least one lesion that has not completely resolved while on antiangiogenic therapy
  • Candidate lesions of 1cm or greater in diameter
  • Safe access to the tumor for a needle placed under ultrasound guidance
  • ECOG Performance Status of 0 or 1
  • Adequate bone marrow, and renal as assessed by the laboratory requirements outlined in the protocol

Exclusion Criteria:

  • History of bleeding diathesis or unexpected surgical bleeding
  • Patients currently on anticoagulation
  • Medical contraindication to MR imaging (pacemaker, metal debris in eye, etc.)
  • Prior RF to the index tumor
  • Pregnant or lactating
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00601120

United States, Massachusetts
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Boston, Massachusetts, United States, 02115
Sponsors and Collaborators
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Principal Investigator: Rupal Bhatt, MD Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
  More Information

Responsible Party: Rupal Bhatt, MD, Prinicipal Investigator, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Identifier: NCT00601120     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 06-287
Study First Received: January 15, 2008
Last Updated: February 26, 2013

Keywords provided by Dana-Farber Cancer Institute:
antiangiogenic therapy
RF ablation

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Carcinoma, Renal Cell
Neoplasms, Glandular and Epithelial
Neoplasms by Histologic Type
Kidney Neoplasms
Urologic Neoplasms
Urogenital Neoplasms
Neoplasms by Site
Kidney Diseases
Urologic Diseases
Angiogenesis Inhibitors
Angiogenesis Modulating Agents
Growth Substances
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Growth Inhibitors
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