Bevacizumab With or Without Surgery for Adult Glioblastomas

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Recruitment Status : Withdrawn
First Posted : August 10, 2011
Last Update Posted : July 2, 2017
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National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (CC)

Brief Summary:


- Glioblastoma (GBM) is the most common malignant brain tumor in adults. Patients with GBM are usually treated with surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy. Despite this treatment, most GBMs start growing again. Bevacizumab, a chemotherapy drug, has shown promise in slowing the growth of GBMs. More research is needed to find out whether having surgery before starting bevacizumab is more effective than bevacizumab alone.


- To compare surgery plus bevacizumab to bevacizumab alone in adults with glioblastoma.


- Individuals at least 18 years old whose glioblastoma has come back after treatment.


  • All participants will be screened with a physical exam, medical history, blood tests, and imaging studies.
  • Participants will be divided into two groups. One group will have surgery followed by bevacizumab. The other group will have the drug without surgery.
  • The first group will have surgery as soon as possible and will begin bevacizumab 4 weeks after surgery. The second group will start the drug as soon as possible.
  • Both groups will receive the drug as an infusion every 2 weeks. They will be monitored with frequent blood tests and imaging studies. The infusions will continue for as long as the drug is effective at preventing tumor regrowth.
  • Participants will be contacted every 4 weeks after they stop taking bevacizumab. They will answer followup questions either in person or by telephone.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Glioblastoma Brain Neoplasm Procedure: Craniotomy Phase 2

Detailed Description:


The objective of this prospective randomized controlled study is to determine the overall survival benefit of tumor resection in patients with recurrent glioblastoma multiforme (GBM).

Study Population

This study will recruit 42 adults with a diagnosis of recurrent grade 4 astrocytoma into each of two arms, for a total of 84 patients. All participants will be good candidates for elective surgical resection of their tumors according to the previously established NIH Recurrent Glioma Scale (NRGS), which uses performance status, tumor volume, and tumor involvement of critical/eloquent brain areas as prognostic criteria. Patients who require biopsy only or have previously been treated with bevacizumab will be excluded.


Participants will be stratified by NRGS score (NRGS 0 or NRGS 1-2) and randomized to surgery followed by bevacizumab or to bevacizumab alone. Patients assigned to the surgical arm will undergo their procedure within 28 days of randomization. Treatment with bevacizumab at a dose of 10 mg/kg every 2 weeks will begin at least 28 days later to allow adequate craniotomy wound healing. Patients assigned to the non-surgical arm will start bevacizumab at a dose of 10 mg/kg every 2 weeks immediately. MRI evaluations will take place within 72 hours of surgery to assess extent of resection, 28 days postoperatively, 96 hours after starting bevacizumab, and then every 28 days until tumor progression is documented. Follow-up assessments will take place every 28 days while on bevacizumab until tumor progression. Once progression is established, patients will be free to pursue further surgical and/or medical salvage therapy as they wish. Patients will be followed until their time of death.

Outcome Measures

The primary outcome measure is median overall survival from the date bevacizumab is started. Secondary outcome measures include the rate of progression-free survival 6 months after starting bevacizumab, median progression-free survival, overall survival rates at 6 and 12 months after starting bevacizumab, objective response rate, health-related quality of life, change in KPS of 20 points or more, time to need for additional tumor therapy, and use of corticosteroids.

Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 0 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Prospective, Randomized Controlled Trial of Surgical Resection Prior to Bevacizumab Therapy for Recurrent Glioblastoma Multiforme
Study Start Date : July 15, 2011
Actual Primary Completion Date : September 26, 2013
Actual Study Completion Date : September 26, 2013

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MedlinePlus related topics: Brain Tumors
Drug Information available for: Bevacizumab

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Median Overall Survival [ Time Frame: 2 years ]

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Progression-free survival (PFS) at 6 months & median PFS in each arm, objective response rate by the RANO criteria (OR), and overall survival rate at 6 and 12 months in each arm, compare rate of change in health-related quality of life. [ Time Frame: 2 years ]

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

Previous diagnosis of supratentorial GBM established by WHO histological criteria

Age 18 or older

NRGS score of 0 to 2 established by the following criteria:

  • KPS 80 or less (1 point)
  • Tumor volume 50 cc or greater (1 point)
  • Tumor involvement of at least 2 of the following brain areas (1 point):

    • Motor cortex
    • Language cortex
    • Areas directly adjacent to the proximal (M1 and/or M2) middle cerebral artery

Received initial treatment for GBM with:

  • External beam radiation therapy
  • Nitrosourea or temozolomide chemotherapy
  • Biopsy, subtotal or gross total resection

Evidence of recurrence, defined as the appearance or enlargement since previous imaging of a contrast-enhancing mass on T1-weighted MRI

Have a non-deep (involving basal ganglia, thalamus, or periventricular region), non-diffuse recurrence judged to be resectable by a neurosurgeon

Able to provide informed consent


NRGS score of 3

Patients requiring biopsy only or other procedures where the goal is not tumor cytoreduction

Patients who require urgent or emergency surgery due to symptoms of raised intracranial pressure or herniation

Patients who have already received bevacizumab therapy

Contraindication to surgery as determined by a neurosurgeon, including bleeding diathesis, unacceptable pulmonary or cardiovascular risk, significant wound healing concerns, or tumor recurrence judged to be inoperable, inaccessible, or diffuse

Contraindication to bevacizumab as determined by a neuro-oncologist, including unacceptable end organ function, evidence of acute intracranial hemorrhage, or recent or active use of anticoagulants

Contraindication to MRI scanning as determined by a radiologist, including pacemakers or other implanted electrical devices, brain stimulators, some types of dental implants, aneurysm clips (metal clips on the wall of a large artery), metallic prostheses (including metal pins and rods, heart valves, and cochlear implants), permanent eyeliner, implanted delivery pump, or shrapnel fragments


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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT01413438

Sponsors and Collaborators
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)
Principal Investigator: John K Park, M.D. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)

Publications: Identifier: NCT01413438     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 110204
First Posted: August 10, 2011    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: July 2, 2017
Last Verified: September 26, 2013

Keywords provided by National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (CC):
Quality of Life
Glioblastoma Multiforme
Brain Tumor

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Brain Neoplasms
Neoplasms, Neuroepithelial
Neuroectodermal Tumors
Neoplasms, Germ Cell and Embryonal
Neoplasms by Histologic Type
Neoplasms, Glandular and Epithelial
Neoplasms, Nerve Tissue
Central Nervous System Neoplasms
Nervous System Neoplasms
Neoplasms by Site
Brain Diseases
Central Nervous System Diseases
Nervous System Diseases
Angiogenesis Inhibitors
Angiogenesis Modulating Agents
Growth Substances
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Growth Inhibitors
Antineoplastic Agents