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Cryoablation for Invasive Breast Carcinoma Following Neoadjuvant Therapy

This study is ongoing, but not recruiting participants.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
M.D. Anderson Cancer Center Identifier:
First received: July 5, 2011
Last updated: October 18, 2016
Last verified: October 2016

Cryoablation is a procedure that uses a hollow, thin tube called a cryoprobe to freeze and destroy cancer tissue.

The goal of this clinical research study is to learn about the level of effectiveness of using ultrasound-guided cryoablation in patients with invasive breast cancer. The safety of this procedure will also be studied.

Condition Intervention Phase
Breast Cancer
Device: Visica 2™ Treatment System
Procedure: Cryoablation
Procedure: Surgical Resection
Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Pilot Study to Determine the Efficacy of Cryoablation for the Treatment of Invasive Breast Carcinoma Following Neoadjuvant Therapy

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

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Rate of Complete Ablation [ Time Frame: 2-4 weeks after cryoablation ]
    Complete ablation is defined as no remaining invasive or in situ carcinoma present upon pathological examination of the targeted lesion. The rate computed as the number of patients with complete tumor ablation divided by the total number of eligible patients.

Estimated Enrollment: 10
Study Start Date: January 2012
Estimated Primary Completion Date: January 2018 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Cryoablation
Cryoablation therapy followed by re-imaging then complete surgical resection.
Device: Visica 2™ Treatment System
The Visica 2™ Treatment System uses a closed system to circulate liquid nitrogen within the probe tip creating sub-freezing temperatures that result in precision cryoablation of the intended target tissue.
Procedure: Cryoablation
Cryoablation procedure uses a hollow, thin tube called a cryoprobe to freeze and destroy cancer tissue. The cryoprobe needle insertion is done using ultrasound guide to reach target, procedure lasts about 20 minutes.
Procedure: Surgical Resection
Complete surgical resection of the primary tumor following cryoablation therapy.
Other Name: Surgery

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

Inclusion Criteria:

  1. Unifocal primary invasive ductal breast carcinoma diagnosed by core needle biopsy. NOTE: Patients with lobular carcinoma, multifocal and/or multicentric ipsilateral breast cancer, multifocal calcifications, or DCIS with microinvasion are NOT eligible. Patients with contralateral disease will remain eligible.
  2. Neoadjuvant chemotherapy or hormonal therapy for the index tumor is required.
  3. Residual tumor size </= 2.0 cm in greatest diameter. Specifically, the tumor must measure </= 2.0 cm in the axis parallel to the treatment probe and </= 1.5 cm in the axis anti-parallel to the treatment probe. Largest size measured by mammogram, ultrasound or MRI will be used to determine eligibility.
  4. Tumor enhancement on pre-registration MRI.
  5. Tumor with <25% intraductal components in the aggregate.
  6. Adequate breast size for safe cryoablation. Male breast cancer patients and female breast cancer patients with breasts too small to allow safe cryoablation are not eligible as the minimal thickness of the breast tissue does not lend itself to cryoablation.
  7. Patients with prior in-situ or invasive breast carcinomas are eligible if the prior carcinomas occurred in the contralateral breast. Patients with prior in-situ or invasive carcinomas of the ipsilateral breast are not eligible.

Exclusion Criteria:

  1. History of open surgical biopsy and/or lumpectomy for diagnosis/treatment of the index breast cancer. Note: Prior rotational and/or vacuum-assisted core biopsies are permitted if no significant distortion is seen on imaging that could obscure visualization and detection of residual disease on MRI, or visualization of cancer on ultrasound for cryoablation procedure.
  2. Pregnant and/or lactating. Patients of childbearing potential must have a negative serum or urine pregnancy test. NOTE: Peri-menopausal women must be amenorrheic for > 12 months to be considered not of childbearing potential.
  3. Patient has contra-indication to an MRI examination, such as clips/prostheses/implants that are not MRI compatible, or compromised renal function, with a measured or calculated glomerular filtration rate of 60ml/min/1.73m^2
  4. Patients less than 18 years of age will not be included in this study.
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01388777

United States, Texas
University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Houston, Texas, United States, 77030
Sponsors and Collaborators
M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
Principal Investigator: Rosa Hwang, MD M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
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Additional Information:
Responsible Party: M.D. Anderson Cancer Center Identifier: NCT01388777     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 2010-0986
NCI-2011-01278 ( Registry Identifier: NCI CTRP )
Study First Received: July 5, 2011
Last Updated: October 18, 2016

Keywords provided by M.D. Anderson Cancer Center:
Breast Cancer
Breast Carcinoma
The Visica 2™ Treatment System
Unifocal primary invasive ductal breast carcinoma

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Breast Neoplasms
Neoplasms, Glandular and Epithelial
Neoplasms by Histologic Type
Neoplasms by Site
Breast Diseases
Skin Diseases processed this record on April 28, 2017