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Boron Neutron Capture Therapy in Treating Patients With Melanoma

This study has been completed.
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National Cancer Institute (NCI) Identifier:
First received: May 6, 2003
Last updated: June 25, 2013
Last verified: December 2005

May 6, 2003
June 25, 2013
May 2002
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  • Clinical response
  • Time course, uniformity, and severity of acute dermal reactions
  • Late dermal reaction after at least six months
  • Pharmacokinetics
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Complete list of historical versions of study NCT00059800 on Archive Site
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Boron Neutron Capture Therapy in Treating Patients With Melanoma
A Phase II Trial For Neutron Capture Therapy In Melanoma

RATIONALE: Boron neutron capture therapy may selectively kill tumor cells without harming normal tissue.

PURPOSE: Phase II trial to study the effectiveness of boron neutron capture therapy in treating patients who have melanoma.


  • Determine the clinical response, by serial objective measurements, in patients with melanoma treated with boron neutron capture therapy.
  • Determine the time course, uniformity, and severity of acute dermal reactions in patients treated with this regimen.
  • Determine the late dermal reactions in patients who are followed for at least 6 months after treatment with this regimen.
  • Determine the pharmacokinetics of this regimen in these patients.

OUTLINE: Patients are stratified according to tumor size (no greater than 15 cc vs greater than 15 cc).

Patients undergo boron neutron capture therapy.

Patients are followed for 3 years.

PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A total of 36 patients will be accrued for this study within 3 years.

Phase 2
Allocation: Non-Randomized
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Melanoma (Skin)
Radiation: boron neutron capture therapy
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January 2004
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  • Histologically confirmed melanoma
  • Evaluable disease
  • Lesion(s) to be irradiated must be located in 1 of the following areas:

    • On an extremity
    • On the head or neck (including the scalp)
    • In the subdermal lymphatics (excluding the proximal axilla)
  • Area to be irradiated must not exceed a maximum dimension of 10 cm

    • Maximum tumor depth from the surface of the skin cannot exceed 6 cm



  • 18 and over

Performance status

  • ECOG 0-1

Life expectancy

  • More than 6 months


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  • Creatinine normal


  • No history of severe cardiac disease
  • No uncontrolled arrhythmias or conduction defects
  • No unstable or newly diagnosed angina pectoris
  • No recent coronary artery disease
  • No congestive heart failure


  • Not pregnant
  • Negative pregnancy test
  • No history of phenylketonuria
  • Must have sufficient mental competence


Biologic therapy

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Endocrine therapy

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  • No prior radiotherapy to study sites


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Sexes Eligible for Study: All
18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Contact information is only displayed when the study is recruiting subjects
United States
CDR0000287207 ( Registry Identifier: PDQ (Physician Data Query) )
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Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
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Study Chair: Paul M. Busse, MD, PhD Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
December 2005

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