Daylight-PDT for AKs: Comparing Two Photosensitizers (BF-200 ALA and MAL) (2013-002108-15)
Multiple Actinic Keratoses
Drug: BF-200 ALA cream
Drug: MAL cream
|Study Design:||Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Double Blind (Subject, Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
|Official Title:||Treatment of AKs With Daylight-PDT: Comparing Two Photosensitizers (BF-200 ALA and MAL)|
- Histological Lesion Clearance [ Time Frame: 0 (baseline) and 3 months ]Punch biopsies were taken symmetrically on both treatment fields from equally graded >6 mm AKs prior to treatment and again at 3 months, blinded observer (pathologist). HE- and p53-stainings. Samples not fulfilling the criteria of an AK were defined as healthy or completely cleared. The p53 reactivity expressed as average percentage of positive nuclei in three consecutive high power fields from the region of highest reactivity (<10 % normal)
- Pain [ Time Frame: 12 hours ]
Pain using visual analog scale (VAS 0-10, where 0 is no pain and 10 is the worst pain imaginable) on both treatment sides is assessed in every 30 minutes during 2-hour sun-exposure and afterwards once in two hours until 9 p.m.
(treatment day). Of these values, the mean maximal pain is assessed.
- Clinical Lesion Clearance [ Time Frame: 3 months ]Clinical lesion clearance is observed by a blinded observer
- Adverse Reactions [ Time Frame: 1 week ]Adverse reactions are evaluated by blinded observer at one week after treatment. A dermatologist will assess which side of the face or scalp presents a stronger reaction.
|Study Start Date:||August 2013|
|Study Completion Date:||December 2014|
|Primary Completion Date:||December 2014 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
BF-200 ALA vs MAL
BF-200 ALA cream and MAL (Metvix, Galderma) used in a randomized split-face design
Drug: BF-200 ALA cream
The symmetrical treatment areas will be randomized for treatments. First the treatment area will be wiped ethanol. Then sun protection factor (SPF) 20 cream will be applied on all sun-exposed areas of the skin. Then a 0,25mm layer application of Ameluz cream on the area. After appropriate absorption time of 30 minutes, the patients will be taken to the hospital balcony for 2 hour illumination with daylight to accomplish the phototoxic reaction. Maximum dosage will be 2 grams. The treatment will be repeated after 2 weeks for thicker gr II-III lesions with the same protocol.
Other Names:Drug: MAL cream
The symmetrical treatment areas will be randomized for treatments. First the treatment area will be wiped ethanol. Then SPF20 sun protection cream will be applied on all sun-exposed areas of the skin. Then a 0,25mm layer application of Metvix cream on the area. After appropriate absorption time of 30 minutes, the patientswill be taken to the hospital balcony for 2 hour illumination with daylight to accomplish the phototoxic reaction. Maximum dosage will be 2 grams. The treatment will be repeated after 2 weeks for thicker gr II-III lesions with the same protocol.
Actinic keratoses (AKs) are superficial premalignant skin lesions that can progress into an invasive or metastatic squamous cell carcinoma. AKs can be treated with photodynamic therapy (PDT), of which cure rate compares to cryo surgery with an excellent cosmesis. In PDT the AK lesions are first curettaged, then a photosensitizer is applied on the skin and let to absorb for 3 hours. The skin is illuminated using a blue or red light source light source depending on the photosensitizer, which induces activation of protoporphyrin IX (PpIX) and phototoxic reaction destroying the cancer cells.
The approved photosensitizers in Europe are methyl-aminolevulinic acid cream, (MAL, Metvix™, Galderma), a patch containing 5-aminolevulinic acid (5-ALA, Alacare®, Spirig AG) and 5-aminolevulinic acid gel (BF-200 ALA, Ameluz®, Biofrontera AG) to be used with a red LED light (630-635 nm). In North America a 5-aminolevulinic acid stick (5-ALA, Levulan® Kerastick) can also be used with a blue light source (417 nm).
PpIX absorption peaks are within the visual spectrum of light, which allows PpIX daylight activation. During natural daylight PDT (NDL-PDT) protocol, PpIX is continuously activated during its development, whereas in conventional PDT (LED-PDT) using red LED lamps, large amounts of accumulated PpIX are momentarily activated.
Since skin field cancerization refers to presence of different degrees of visible and invisible dysplastic changes, the whole area should be treated to prevent the development of non-melanoma skin cancers (NMSCs). NDL-PDT enables treatment of field cancerization in one sitting whereas LED-PDT may need repeated illuminations to cover the whole area. NDL-PDT results in enhanced cost-efficacy due to reduced staff expenses, since there's no need for sensitizer absorption and illumination.
At the moment two photosensitizers have marketing authorization in Finland, ALA (Ameluz®) and MAL (Metvix™). We are piloting a study comparing the efficacy of these two light sensitizers in NDL-PDT. The efficacy of the treatments will be assessed clinically, histopathologically and immunohistochemically.
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT01893203
|Päijät-Häme Central Hospital|
|Lahti, Finland, 15850|
|Principal Investigator:||Noora E Neittaanmäki-Perttu, MD||Helsinki University Central Hospital|
|Principal Investigator:||Toni T Karppinen, MD||Päijänne Tavastia Central Hospital|
|Study Chair:||Taneli Tani, PhD||Päijänne Tavastia Central Hospital|