Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy in Stage II/III Non Small Cell Lung Cancer

This study has been completed.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Ronald McGarry, University of Kentucky Identifier:
First received: January 17, 2012
Last updated: January 14, 2016
Last verified: January 2016

It is apparent that local control for Non-small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC) remains a significant problem. Conventional radiation therapy techniques have limitations for the dose that can be delivered to a chest tumor mass due to the adjacent dose limiting organs. Mounting evidence supports the use of hypofractionated stereotactically delivered radiation therapy to control lung cancer with acceptable toxicity profiles.

Thus the investigators propose to increase the doses of radiation to residual masses of NSCL to a BED > 100 Gy by the addition of two fractions of stereotactically delivered boost radiation therapy to residual disease post-conventional chemoradiation to at least 59.4 Gy in 180 cGy fractions. Using the linear quadratic equation to model doses of radiation therapy, 59.4 Gy would have a BED of approximately 70 Gy. Single fraction stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) of 10 Gy would have a BED of approximately 20 Gy. Thus the addition of two fractions of 10Gy of SBRT to limited volumes of PET residual disease would theoretically result in higher degrees of local control of lung cancer masses, achieving a minimum cumulative BED of approximately 110Gy-equivalent.

Condition Intervention Phase
Lung Cancer
Radiation: Boost Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy
Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy for Post-chemoradiation Residual Disease in Stage II/III Non-small Cell Lung Cancer

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Further study details as provided by University of Kentucky:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • To determine the toxicity of the SBRT boost dose by estimating the proportion of subjects enrolled who develop pneumonitis [ Time Frame: 30 days post SBRT ] [ Designated as safety issue: Yes ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • To determine response rates of the residual primary tumor following SBRT boost using a modified version of the international criteria proposed by the Response Evaluation Criteria in Solid Tumors (RECIST) Committee [ Time Frame: 30 days post SBRT ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Enrollment: 37
Study Start Date: October 2007
Study Completion Date: June 2014
Primary Completion Date: June 2014 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Radiation Therapy
Boost Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy
Radiation: Boost Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy

The dose and fractionation scheme utilized will be based on the location of the patient's residual disease. For patients with:

Peripheral Tumors: Treatment will consist of 2 fractions of radiation, with a minimum of 40 hours separating each fraction. Two fractions of 10 Gy with inhomogeneity correction will be delivered to the prescription line at the edge of the PTV for a total of 20 Gy. This will yield a total BED of 110 Gy.

Medial Tumors: Treatment will consist of 3 fractions of radiation, with a minimum of 40 hours separating each fraction. Three fractions of 6.5 Gy with inhomogeneity correction will be delivered to the prescription line at the edge of the PTV for a total of 19.5 Gy. This will yield a total BED 102.2 Gy.

Detailed Description:

Lung cancer represents one of the most challenging malignancies to manage. Cure rates have only marginally improved in the last 20 years. It is the most commonly fatal cancer in both men and women with overall 5 year survivals of 15%. Lung cancer kills more Americans than the next three most common malignancies combined.

Most non small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) presents at advanced stages. Only approximately 25% present with stage I/II disease, 40% with stage III and 35% patients present with stage IV. (1) The optimal treatment of stage II/III NSCLC is complex. For those patients who are surgical candidates and a complete resection is technically feasible, radical surgery remains the standard of care. Traditionally, those patients with multiple N2 nodal levels or T4 disease are considered inoperable. Given that the average age of patients diagnosed with NSCLC is in their mid-60's and usually have long smoking histories, many patients are medically inoperable.


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  1. Histological confirmation of non-small cell lung cancer (squamous cell carcinoma, adenocarcinoma, large cell carcinoma, bronchoalveolar cell carcinoma, or non-small cell carcinoma NOS) by either biopsy or cytology.
  2. Clinical AJCC stage IIA (T1N1M0), IIB (T2,N1M0, T3,N0,M0) or IIIA (T1-3, N1-2,M0)/selected IIIB. In all cases, patients may be included at the discretion of the treating radiation oncologist if it will be likely the disease can be encompassed by the stereotactic boost will be included.
  3. Patients with non-bulky (< 2.0-3.0 cm) hilar or mediastinal lymphadenopathy determined by pre-treatment CT scan, PET or mediastinoscopy
  4. Must have completed a standard course of chemoradiation in accordance with NCCN Guidelines
  5. One month following definitive chemoradiation, CT or PET-CT revealing limited volume residual disease within the site of primary tumour mass (post-chemo/RT mass </= 7.0 cm). Patients with a CR and no obvious target are not eligible.
  6. must be able to fit into the Elekta Stereotactic body frame
  7. Patients must be ≥ 18 years of age.
  8. The patient's ECOG performance status must be 0-2.
  9. Women of childbearing potential and male participants must use an effective contraceptive method.
  10. Patients must sign a study-specific consent form.

Exclusion Criteria:

  1. Any other active cancer OR No prior malignancy is allowed except for the following: adequately treated basal cell or squamous cell skin cancer, in situ cervical cancer or other cancer from which the patient has been disease-free for 5 years.
  2. Patients with other systemic illness, or have not recovered adequately from their primary treatment or who have evidence of progression of their lung cancer prior to therapy that, in the investigators opinions, would preclude their inclusion
  3. Plans for the patient to receive other concomitant antineoplastic therapy while on this protocol, except at disease progression. Patients may be allowed to use bisphosphonates for hypercalcemia.
  4. Pregnant or lactating women
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01657617

United States, Kentucky
Markey Cancer Center
Lexington, Kentucky, United States, 40536
Sponsors and Collaborators
Ronald McGarry
Principal Investigator: Ronald C. McGarry, MD, PhD. University of Kentucky
  More Information

Responsible Party: Ronald McGarry, Professor, Radiation Medicine, University of Kentucky Identifier: NCT01657617     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 07-RAD-01 
Study First Received: January 17, 2012
Last Updated: January 14, 2016
Health Authority: United States: Institutional Review Board

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Carcinoma, Non-Small-Cell Lung
Lung Neoplasms
Bronchial Neoplasms
Carcinoma, Bronchogenic
Lung Diseases
Neoplasms by Site
Respiratory Tract Diseases
Respiratory Tract Neoplasms
Thoracic Neoplasms processed this record on May 26, 2016