Daily Target Guided Radiation Therapy Using the Calypso 4D Localization System in Patients Who Have Had a Prostatectomy for Prostate Cancer

This study is currently recruiting participants. (see Contacts and Locations)
Verified December 2014 by U.S. Army Medical Research Acquisition Activity
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Dusten Macdonald, MD, Madigan Army Medical Center
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
First received: June 18, 2012
Last updated: December 1, 2014
Last verified: December 2014

This study will evaluate the daily use of a unique daily organ tracking system on target localization in patients treated with radiation therapy after radical prostatectomy for prostate cancer.

Improved coverage of the target volume with radiotherapy could result in improved cancer control rates and decreased coverage of surrounding structures potentially decreasing treatment toxicity.

Prostate Cancer

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Cohort
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: Post-prostatectomy Daily Target Guided Radiotherapy Using Real-Time, State-of-the-Art Motion Tracking With the Calypso 4D Localization System: A Feasibility Study

Further study details as provided by U.S. Army Medical Research Acquisition Activity:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Interfraction prostate bed motion [ Time Frame: Approximately 7.5 weeks (36-39 fractions per pt.) ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

    For each fraction, measurements from the registered CTV (clinical target volume) at the midline will be obtained to structures at 3 points to assess for the degree of motion.

    1. Inferior (defined as 8 mm below VUA)
    2. Superior (top of seminal vesicle remnant or superior most CTV slice)
    3. Middle (defined as the slice equally distant from the inferior and superior slices above)

  • Intrafraction prostate bed motion [ Time Frame: Approximately 7.5 weeks (36-39 fractions per pt.) ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    Calypso session reports measuring intrafraction motion in x,y,z axis will be recorded and analyzed.

Estimated Enrollment: 20
Study Start Date: March 2010
Estimated Study Completion Date: August 2016
Estimated Primary Completion Date: August 2015 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Detailed Description:

This prospective study evaluates the clinical utility of a novel real-time localization system of the prostate bed during adjuvant or salvage radiotherapy after radical prostatectomy. This study will also determine positioning errors using daily cone-beam computed tomography in patients set up with the Calypso 4D Localization System. Subjects will have Beacon® Transponders implanted into the prostate bed. The Calypso 4D Localization System will localize the position of the prostate bed. Cone beam CT will be used daily to measure inter-transponder distance. The Calypso system will also track the prostate bed position in real time during the entire radiation treatment. The treatments will be adjusted as required to ensure accurate treatment of the clinical target volume. The time of, the number, and extent of adjustments will be recorded for analysis.

Daily cone-beam computed tomography images will also be retrospectively analyzed to assess for adequate target coverage. The analysis will be performed retrospectively through manual 3-D registration of the cone-beam CT dataset with the treatment planning CT scan. This information will determine the margins necessary for the PTV using the Calypso 4D Localization System and potentially may allow a reduction in the PTV volumes on future studies.


Ages Eligible for Study:   40 Years and older
Genders Eligible for Study:   Male
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population

This study will include high risk patients referred for adjuvant or salvage radiation therapy after radical prostatectomy based upon the presence of unfavorable characteristics after prostatectomy, which include positive surgical margins, extracapsular extension of disease, or immediately detectable PSA.


Inclusion Criteria:

  • Histologically confirmed adenocarcinoma of the prostate initially managed with prostatectomy with a detectable PSA, positive surgical margins, or extra-prostatic extension.
  • Ability to comply with study schedule
  • Age 40 or older
  • Zubrod PS 0 or 1 (appendix 1)
  • Signed informed consent

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Node positive or metastatic prostate cancer
  • History of prior pelvic radiotherapy
  • History of abdominoperineal resection
  • History of inflammatory bowel disease or connective tissue disease
  • History of bleeding disorder or any active anticoagulant or anti-platelet medication which cannot be discontinued safely for transponder placement.
  • PT or INR outside normal range for institution
  • Active implanted devices such as cardiac pacemakers and automatic defibrillators.
  • Prosthetic implants in the pelvic region that contain metal or conductive materials (eg., an artificial hip).
  • Patients with maximum anterior-posterior separation through the torso minus the height of the center of the prostate greater than 17 cm (technical reason for Calypso System, see appendix 5).
  • History of HIV infection
  Contacts and Locations
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT01624623

Contact: Stephanie Ninneman, RN 253-968-2134 stephanie.a.ninneman.ctr@mail.mil

United States, Washington
Madigan Healthcare System Recruiting
Tacoma, Washington, United States, 98431
Sponsors and Collaborators
U.S. Army Medical Research Acquisition Activity
Principal Investigator: Dusten Macdonald, MD Department of the Army
  More Information

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Responsible Party: Dusten Macdonald, MD, MD, MC, Madigan Army Medical Center
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01624623     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: W81XWH-08-2-0174, A-15214.3, 210016
Study First Received: June 18, 2012
Last Updated: December 1, 2014
Health Authority: United States: Federal Government

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