Valproic Acid and Radiation Followed by Maintenance Valproic Acid and Bevacizumab in Children With High Grade Gliomas or Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma
|The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Read our disclaimer for details.|
|ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00879437|
Recruitment Status : Active, not recruiting
First Posted : April 10, 2009
Last Update Posted : January 14, 2020
Currently, there are few effective treatments for the following aggressive brain tumors: glioblastoma multiforme, anaplastic astrocytoma, gliomatosis cerebri, gliosarcoma, or brainstem glioma. Surgery and radiation can generally slow down these aggressive brain tumors, but in the majority of patients, these tumors will start growing again in 6-12 months. Adding chemotherapy drugs to surgery and radiation does not clearly improve the cure rate of children with malignant gliomas.
The investigators are conducting this study to see if the combination of valproic acid and bevacizumab (also known as AvastinTM) with surgery and radiation will shrink these brain tumors more effectively and improve the chance of cure.
|Condition or disease||Intervention/treatment||Phase|
|Glial Cell Tumors Malignant Gliomas Glioblastoma Multiforme Anaplastic Astrocytoma Gliomatosis Cerebri Gliosarcoma Brainstem Glioma||Drug: Valproic acid Drug: Bevacizumab Radiation: Radiation therapy||Phase 2|
With the exception of patients with brainstem gliomas, all patients should have the maximal surgical resection that can be safely performed prior to study entry. Submission of frozen tumor is strongly encouraged. After recovery from neurosurgery, all patients will start valproic acid and radiation therapy.
Valproic Acid (VPA): VPA will be started at 15 mg/kg/day divided into three doses a day, ideally 48 hours prior to first day of radiation therapy, but no later than the first day of radiation therapy. Patients may also begin VPA sooner if they have post-operative seizures and require an anti-convulsant.
Radiation Phase: Radiation therapy should begin within 30 days of definitive surgery or radiographic diagnosis, whichever is the later date. Date of surgery or radiographic diagnosis is considered day 1, and radiation should start no later than day 31. VPA will be continued daily without interruption during radiation therapy. VPA doses will be adjusted in increments of 5 mg/kg/day every 3-5 days to achieve and maintain trough concentrations between 85 to 115 mcg/ml. During this time patients will receive standard radiation therapy.
Post Radiation Phase: Patients will continue to receive VPA as during radiation. If necessary, patients who had delays in radiation (e.g., secondary to schedule holidays or the need to have a new mask made) will complete their radiotherapy to the total prescribed protocol dose.
Maintenance Phase: Maintenance therapy will begin 4 weeks after completion of radiation or week 11, whichever comes first.
Patients will continue VPA daily during maintenance therapy. All patients will start bevacizumab, 10 mg/kg by vein every two weeks, at the start of maintenance therapy. Maintenance therapy will continue uninterrupted if all laboratory tests continue to meet on-study criteria. In the absence of unacceptable toxicity or disease progression, patients will continue to receive protocol treatment for a maximum total duration of two years (including the radiation phase).
|Study Type :||Interventional (Clinical Trial)|
|Actual Enrollment :||38 participants|
|Intervention Model:||Single Group Assignment|
|Masking:||None (Open Label)|
|Official Title:||A Phase 2 Study of Valproic Acid and Radiation, Followed by Maintenance Valproic Acid and Bevacizumab in Children With Newly Diagnosed High-grade Gliomas or Brainstem Gliomas|
|Study Start Date :||July 2009|
|Estimated Primary Completion Date :||June 2020|
|Estimated Study Completion Date :||June 2020|
Drug: Valproic acid
Daily (pre-XRT, During XRT, Post-XRT and Maintenance Therapy) Started at 15 mg/kg/day divided into three doses a day as soon as patients have recovered from surgery but no later than the first day of XRT.
Dosage will be adjusted in increments of 5 mg/kg/day every 3-5 days to achieve and maintain trough concentrations between 85 and 115 mcg/ml
All patients will receive bevacizumab (10mg/kg iv) during the maintenance phase every two weeks for a maximum duration of therapy of 24 months.
Other Name: Avastin
Radiation: Radiation therapy
Radiation therapy will start within 30 days of the definitive surgical procedure. Primary brain malignant gliomas will receive a total dose of between 54.0 and 59.4 Gy in 30-33 fractions over 6-7 weeks. Total dose will be 54.0 Gy for completely resected tumors and brainstem gliomas. the total dose will be 59.4 if the tumor is located in the brain but not the brainstem, and the tumor was incompletely resected. Primary spinal cord malignant gliomas will receive a total dose of between 50.4-54 Gy in 28-30 fractions over 5-6 weeks.
- Event free survival [ Time Frame: 24 months ]To determine the efficacy of combining valproic acid (VPA) with radiation, followed by maintenance VPA and bevacizumab in children with newly diagnosed high-grade gliomas and brainstem gliomas, as measured by EFS at one-year and two-years.
- To determine toxicities of VPA when combined with radiation and when combined with bevacizumab in the post-radiotherapy phase. [ Time Frame: 24 months ]
To learn more about this study, you or your doctor may contact the study research staff using the contact information provided by the sponsor.
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT00879437
|United States, Oklahoma|
|University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center|
|Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States, 73126|
|United States, Texas|
|Children's Medical Center Dallas, Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders|
|Dallas, Texas, United States, 75235|
|Cook Children's Medical Center|
|Fort Worth, Texas, United States, 76104|
|Texas Children's Hospital|
|Houston, Texas, United States, 77030|