Tomotherapy in Locally Advanced Gallbladder and Pancreatic Cancers

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Verified May 2010 by Tata Memorial Hospital.
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First received: May 3, 2010
Last updated: May 6, 2010
Last verified: May 2010


PROJECT TITLE: Concurrent chemo-radiation using Tomotherapy based IMRT in locally advanced Gallbladder and Pancreatic cancers: A Phase feasibility study


Primary To assess the feasibility of concurrent chemo-radiation with dose escalated IMRT in locally advanced inoperable gallbladder and pancreatic cancers.


  1. To study clinical benefit response
  2. To assess the acute and late toxicities associated with this treatment
  3. To assess radiologic and metabolic response to treatment.
  4. To assess the resectability rate with microscopic negative margin (R0).
  5. To study the locoregional control and progression free survival (PFS).
  6. To measure the Quality of life (QOL) scores.

DESIGN: Feasibility study

STUDY POPULATION: All patients of age >18 years years diagnosed with non metastatic locally advanced inoperable gall bladder and pancreatic cancer

STUDY SIZE: 60 patients

METHODOLOGY: Sixty cases will be screened and taken for study if eligible after taking the informed consent.

Patients will receive radiotherapy using Tomotherapy based IMRT with concurrent chemotherapy Gemcitabine weekly. The response will evaluated at 6 weeks post chemoradiation and if operable will undergo surgery, if still inoperable or metastatic will receive palliative chemotherapy.


Total project period : 3 years Recruitment, Data collection : 2 years Complete analysis of data : 1 year

STUDY SITE: Tata memorial centre

Condition Intervention Phase
Gallbladder Neoplasms and Pancreatic Neoplasms
Radiation: Tomotherapy
Phase 1
Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Concurrent Chemo-radiation Using Tomotherapy Based IMRT in Locally Advanced Gallbladder and Pancreatic Cancers :A Feasibility Study

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Further study details as provided by Tata Memorial Hospital:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • To assess the feasibility of concurrent chemo-radiation with dose escalated IMRT in locally advanced inoperable gallbladder and pancreatic cancers [ Time Frame: 3 Years ] [ Designated as safety issue: Yes ]
    Number of Patients with Grade III adverse Events as a Measure of Safety and Tolerability

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Response to CTRT [ Time Frame: 3 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    All patients will undergo PET CT scan for radiological evaluation of response at 6 weeks post CTRT

Estimated Enrollment: 60
Study Start Date: December 2008
Estimated Study Completion Date: January 2013
Estimated Primary Completion Date: January 2012 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Intervention Details:
    Radiation: Tomotherapy

    Radiotherapy 57-60 Gy in 25 fraction to PTV boost (SIBV - simultaneous integrated Boost volume) (2.3-2.4Gy/Fr)

    Concurrent chemotherapy Weekly concurrent CT schedule: Inj Gemcitabine 300 mg/m2 weekly during RT.

    Surgery: All patients will be evaluated for surgery in the joint clinic by surgeons and other treating physicians at 6-8 weeks post CT-RT. PET CT Scan will be used as the imaging modality. Patients suitable for R0 resection will be planned for surgery. Inoperable patients will be treated with palliative chemotherapy.

Detailed Description:

In both gall bladder and pancreatic cancer surgery is the main stay of treatment, but majority of these tumors are inoperable by virtue of adjacent organ infiltration. In this study, inoperable gallbladder and pancreatic cancer patients will be treated with high precision radiotherapy using Tomotherapy delivering higher dose of radiation along with chemotherapy. It is expected that this high dose precise radiotherapy along with chemotherapy will lead to good symptom relief and make some of these tumors operable.


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 75 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  1. Inoperable locally advanced gall bladder and pancreatic cancer by virtue of vascular encasement of superior mesenteric artery (SMA), celiac artery, hepatic artery, portal vein (PV) or deep hilar invasion precluding R0 resection.
  2. Biopsy proven adenocarcinoma
  3. KPS >= 70
  4. Age >18 years
  5. Medically fit for chemotherapy
  6. Normal hematological, renal and hepatic function (Serum Bilirubin<3mg/dl)
  7. No prior history of treatment with radiation or chemotherapy.
  8. Patient willing and reliable for follow-up.

Exclusion criteria

  1. Any other malignancy in any site.
  2. Expected survival < 3months.
  3. Severe co-morbid conditions ( Severe cardiac disorder, severe bronchial asthma, severely compromised liver function, psychological disorder)
  4. Malignant ascitis.
  5. Distant metastases by clinical examination or by imaging/whole bodyPET scan.
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01118897

Contact: Reena Engineer, MD +912224177165
Contact: ShyamKishore Shrivastava, MD +912221477163

Tata Memorial Centre Recruiting
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India, 400012
Sponsors and Collaborators
Tata Memorial Hospital
Principal Investigator: Reena Engineer, MD Tata Memorial Centre
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Responsible Party: Dr Reena Engineer, Tata Memorial Centre Identifier: NCT01118897     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: IRB 599
Study First Received: May 3, 2010
Last Updated: May 6, 2010
Health Authority: India: Institutional Review Board

Keywords provided by Tata Memorial Hospital:
Gall bladder
Pancreatic cancers

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Gallbladder Neoplasms
Pancreatic Neoplasms
Biliary Tract Diseases
Biliary Tract Neoplasms
Digestive System Diseases
Digestive System Neoplasms
Endocrine Gland Neoplasms
Endocrine System Diseases
Gallbladder Diseases
Neoplasms by Site
Pancreatic Diseases processed this record on August 03, 2015