Observing Young Patients With Ependymoma Undergoing Standard Combination Chemotherapy

This study is ongoing, but not recruiting participants.
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National Cancer Institute (NCI)
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
First received: May 21, 2008
Last updated: September 19, 2013
Last verified: June 2009

RATIONALE: Gathering information about how young patients with ependymoma respond to standard combination chemotherapy and learning about the long-term effects of this treatment may help doctors plan better treatment.

PURPOSE: This phase III trial is observing young patients with ependymoma undergoing standard combination chemotherapy.

Condition Intervention Phase
Brain and Central Nervous System Tumors
Cognitive/Functional Effects
Long-term Effects Secondary to Cancer Therapy in Children
Drug: carboplatin
Drug: cisplatin
Drug: cyclophosphamide
Drug: methotrexate
Drug: vincristine sulfate
Procedure: adjuvant therapy
Procedure: cognitive assessment
Procedure: magnetic resonance imaging
Procedure: magnetic resonance spectroscopic imaging
Procedure: quality-of-life assessment
Phase 3

Study Type: Observational
Official Title: CCLG Observational Study of the Outcome of Ependymoma in Infants Diagnosed Before Their Third Birthday

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

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Overall survival [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • Event-free survival [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • Response to chemotherapy, if there is residual disease [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • Requirement for radiotherapy (i.e., residual disease at the completion of chemotherapy, progressive disease during chemotherapy, or recurrent disease during or after completion chemotherapy) [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • Late effects of treatment (i.e., ototoxicity and nephrotoxicity at the completion of chemotherapy and neurocognitive outcomes at 5, 7, 11, and 16 years of age) [ Designated as safety issue: Yes ]

Estimated Enrollment: 50
Study Start Date: April 2008
Estimated Primary Completion Date: March 2034 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Detailed Description:



  • To determine the overall survival and event-free survival of all infants diagnosed with ependymoma before their third birthday.
  • To determine the overall survival and event-free survival of infants diagnosed with ependymoma before their third birthday when treated with standard chemotherapy comprising vincristine, carboplatin, high-dose methotrexate, cyclophosphamide, and cisplatin.


  • To investigate the reasons why the primary tumor was completely resected in patients who were able to undergo complete resection of the tumor.
  • To continue to investigate the biological characteristics of ependymoma.
  • To correlate functional imaging studies of ependymoma with biological characteristics of the tumor.
  • To provide a standard treatment regimen for patients with residual disease after optimal surgery who have already participated in a phase II study.
  • To prospectively document renal function, hearing, and neurocognitive late effects after completion of study treatment.

OUTLINE: This is a multicenter study. Patients are stratified according to extent of prior surgical resection and presence of metastatic disease (complete resection of tumor vs metastatic disease at diagnosis vs no complete resection of tumor).

Patients receive vincristine IV on days 1, 15, and 29, carboplatin IV over 1 hour on day 1, high-dose methotrexate* IV over 24 hours on day 15, cyclophosphamide IV over 1 hour on day 29, and cisplatin IV over 48 hours on days 43 and 44. Treatment repeats every 8 weeks for 7 courses in the absence of disease progression or unacceptable toxicity. Patients with residual disease after completion of treatment may receive other treatment at the discretion of the investigator.

NOTE: *Patients initially treated on clinical trial CCLG-CNS-2005-03 who have no residual disease do not receive high-dose methotrexate in courses 5-7.

Patients undergo observational assessments comprising physical and neurological examination; MRI/ MRS scanning of the head and spine; and audiology, renal, endocrine, neurocognitive, and quality of life evaluations periodically for at least 5 years after the completion of study treatment.


Ages Eligible for Study:   up to 2 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No


  • Histologically confirmed WHO grade 3 anaplastic (malignant) ependymoma or WHO grade 2 ependymoma, including the following variants:

    • Papillary
    • Cellular
    • Clear cell
    • Tanycytic
  • No myxopapillary ependymoma, subependymoma, or ependymoblastoma
  • Meets 1 of the following criteria:

    • Has undergone complete resection of the primary tumor (prior to starting chemotherapy)

      • Two or more surgical procedures to achieve complete resection allowed
    • Metastatic disease at diagnosis (with or without complete resection of the primary tumor)
    • Unable to undergo complete resection of the primary tumor (with or without metastatic disease)
  • Patients with measurable residual disease (primary or metastatic disease) are eligible provided they undergo treatment on clinical trial CCLG-CNS-2005-03 prior to entering this study
  • Has undergone surgical resection OR completed treatment on clinical trial CCLG-CNS-2005-03 within the past 3 weeks
  • Patients who are unable to tolerate chemotherapy or who do not receive treatment according to the CCLG guidelines for ependymoma due to parental preference or recommendation from the treating physician are eligible


  • Able to tolerate IV hydration
  • No active infection


  • See Disease Characteristics
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT00683319

United Kingdom
Birmingham Children's Hospital
Birmingham, England, United Kingdom, B4 6NH
Addenbrooke's Hospital
Cambridge, England, United Kingdom, CB2 2QQ
Leeds Cancer Centre at St. James's University Hospital
Leeds, England, United Kingdom, LS9 7TF
Royal Liverpool Children's Hospital, Alder Hey
Liverpool, England, United Kingdom, L12 2AP
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
Aberdeen Royal Infirmary
Aberdeen, Scotland, United Kingdom, AB25 2ZN
Royal Hospital for Sick Children
Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom, G3 8SJ
Sponsors and Collaborators
Children's Cancer and Leukaemia Group
Principal Investigator: Martin W. English, MD Birmingham Children's Hospital
  More Information

ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00683319     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: CDR0000590666  CCLG-CNS-2007-09  EU-20835 
Study First Received: May 21, 2008
Last Updated: September 19, 2013
Health Authority: United States: Federal Government

Keywords provided by National Cancer Institute (NCI):
long-term effects secondary to cancer therapy in children
cognitive/functional effects
childhood infratentorial ependymoma
childhood supratentorial ependymoma

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Central Nervous System Neoplasms
Nervous System Neoplasms
Neoplasms by Histologic Type
Neoplasms by Site
Neoplasms, Germ Cell and Embryonal
Neoplasms, Glandular and Epithelial
Neoplasms, Nerve Tissue
Neoplasms, Neuroepithelial
Nervous System Diseases
Neuroectodermal Tumors
Antimitotic Agents
Antineoplastic Agents
Antineoplastic Agents, Phytogenic
Mitosis Modulators
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Tubulin Modulators

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