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MRI-Guided Laser Induced Thermal Therapy (LITT)

This study has been terminated.
(PI elected to close study)
Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey
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Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey Identifier:
First received: October 18, 2011
Last updated: May 20, 2014
Last verified: May 2014
Does MR-guided laser interstitial thermal therapy (MRgLITT) prior to chemotherapy and/or radiation give patients a beneficial increase in overall survival? Laser induced thermal therapy (LITT) is a minimally invasive procedure for destroying tissue through generation of heat.

Condition Intervention
Malignant Glioma
Procedure: laser interstitial thermal therapy

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Case-Only
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: MRI-Guided Laser-Induced Thermal Therapy for Cytoreduction of Inoperable Grade III/IV GLiomas Prior to Chemotherapy and Radiation

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Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Progression free survival [ Time Frame: three years ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Overall survival [ Time Frame: three years ]

Enrollment: 1
Study Start Date: August 2011
Study Completion Date: June 2012
Primary Completion Date: June 2012 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Groups/Cohorts Assigned Interventions
biopsy proven glioma, no prior treatment Procedure: laser interstitial thermal therapy
residual gliomas either after debulking or biopsy evaluated for intervention with laser ablation prior to onset of adjuvant therapy
Other Names:
  • laser ablation
  • LITT

Detailed Description:

Laser induced thermal therapy (LITT) is a procedure for destroying tissue through generation of heat. When used in conjunction with fiberoptic applicators, it offers an excellent means of minimally invasive surgery. As opposed to other thermal techniques like radio-frequency (RF) ablation, or cryo-ablation, LITT may be significantly faster and may exhibit sharper boundary of the thermal ablation zone. More importantly, LITT is highly compatible with MR imaging and when coupled with MR thermal imaging (MRTI) guidance, precise monitoring of the thermal ablation zone in order to avoid eloquent or critical structures is possible.

In this study, we propose to evaluate MR-thermal image guided laser interstitial therapy for the treatment of inoperable brain tumors as upfront therapy prior to initiation of chemotherapy and radiation. MR-thermal imaging (MRTI) will be used to provide information on thermal dose delivered to the target and be used to control laser delivery to prevent damage to critical structures.


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population
Patients with brain tumors receiving MR-guided laser ablation

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Subjects that have/will undergo MRgLITT for inoperable brain tumor.
  • Tumor size < 3cm in transverse diameter for each planned applicator placement.
  • Tumor size < 4 cm in largest dimension.
  • Lesion(s) are clearly defined on pre-therapy contrast enhanced MRI scans as determined by the treating surgeon.
  • Karnofsky Performance Scale score > 70.
  • ECOG performance status of 2 or better.
  • Biopsy proven histologic diagnosis of malignant glioma.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Patients with co-existing medical conditions with life expectancy < 1 year.
  • Patients having received pre-ablation chemotherapy and/or radiation to lesion.
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01515085

United States, New Jersey
Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital
New Brunswick, New Jersey, United States, 08901
Sponsors and Collaborators
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey
Principal Investigator: Shabbar F Danish, MD Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
  More Information

Responsible Party: Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey Identifier: NCT01515085     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 0220110114
Study First Received: October 18, 2011
Last Updated: May 20, 2014

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Neoplasms, Neuroepithelial
Neuroectodermal Tumors
Neoplasms, Germ Cell and Embryonal
Neoplasms by Histologic Type
Neoplasms, Glandular and Epithelial
Neoplasms, Nerve Tissue processed this record on April 28, 2017