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Combination Chemotherapy and Radiation Therapy in Treating Patients With Germ Cell Tumors in the Brain

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00293358
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : February 17, 2006
Last Update Posted : September 17, 2013
Information provided by:
National Cancer Institute (NCI)

Brief Summary:

RATIONALE: Drugs used in chemotherapy, such as carboplatin, etoposide, ifosfamide, and cisplatin, work in different ways to stop the growth of tumor cells, either by killing the cells or by stopping them from dividing. Radiation therapy uses high-energy x-rays to kill tumor cells. Giving more than one drug (combination chemotherapy) with radiation therapy may kill more tumor cells.

PURPOSE: This phase III trial is studying combination chemotherapy followed by radiation therapy to see how well it works compared to radiation therapy alone in treating patients with germ cell tumors in the brain.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Brain and Central Nervous System Tumors Drug: carboplatin Drug: cisplatin Drug: etoposide phosphate Drug: ifosfamide Procedure: adjuvant therapy Procedure: conventional surgery Procedure: neoadjuvant therapy Radiation: radiation therapy Phase 3

Detailed Description:



  • Evaluate and compare, in a non-randomized protocol, reduced-dose craniospinal radiotherapy alone or combination chemotherapy comprising carboplatin, etoposide phosphate, and ifosfamide and local irradiation in patients with intracranial germinoma.
  • Increase survival with combination chemotherapy comprising cisplatin, etoposide phosphate, and ifosfamide followed by focal radiotherapy or craniospinal irradiation in patients with intracranial secreting germ cell tumors.


  • Use the same diagnostic protocol for imaging and laboratory investigations before, during, and after treatment.
  • Establish and use a common documentation system regarding general patient's data, including diagnostic tests, clinical evaluation, surgery, histology, radiotherapy, chemotherapy, and toxicity.
  • Collect information about toxicity, prognostic factors, and tumor markers.
  • Collect epidemiological data, including documentation of incidence and the site and the histologic pattern of intracranial secreting and nonsecreting germ cell tumors in children and adolescents.
  • Register associated malformations in the patients as well as the epidemiology of tumors and malformations in relatives.

OUTLINE: This is a non-randomized, multicenter study. Patients are stratified according to tumor classification (pure CNS germinoma vs secreting germ cell tumor and embryonal carcinoma).

Patients in stratum I undergo biopsy or surgical resection and then begin radiotherapy with or without chemotherapy.

  • Stratum I (pure CNS germinoma [without elevated markers]): Patients receive 1 of 2 treatment options based on national/center standard:

    • Option 1: Patients receive reduced-dose craniospinal radiotherapy 5 days a week for 3 weeks followed by a boost to the tumor bed 5 days a week for 2 weeks. Patients with multifocal or metastatic disease receive additional boosts to the tumor sites.
    • Option 2: Patients receive carboplatin IV over 1 hour on day 1, etoposide phosphate IV over 1 hour on days 1-3 and 22-24, and ifosfamide IV over 3 hours on days 22-26. Treatment repeats every 6 weeks for 2 courses. After recovery from chemotherapy, patients undergo radiotherapy 5 days a week for 5 weeks.
  • Stratum II (secreting tumors and embryonal carcinoma): Patients receive etoposide phosphate IV over 1 hour on days 1-3, cisplatin IV over 1 hour on days 1-5, and ifosfamide IV over 22 hours on days 1-5. Treatment repeats every 3 weeks for up to 4 courses. Patients whose tumor markers do not return to normal after completion of chemotherapy are off protocol. Patients may undergo surgery after chemotherapy course 2 or 4 if required. After completion of chemotherapy and recovery from surgery, patients with nonmetastatic disease undergo radiotherapy to the tumor bed 5 day a week for 6 weeks, and patients with metastatic disease undergo radiotherapy to the cerebrum, spinal axis, and tumor bed for 7 weeks.

After completion of study treatment, patients are followed for 4 weeks and then periodically.

PROJECTED ACCRUAL: Approximately 500 patients will be accrued for this study.

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Estimated Enrollment : 500 participants
Allocation: Non-Randomized
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: SIOP Intracranial Germ Cell Tumours Protocol
Study Start Date : January 1997
Actual Study Completion Date : December 2006

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Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Survival
  2. Event-free survival

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Ages Eligible for Study:   Child, Adult, Older Adult
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No


  • Clinical and radiological evidence of intracranial germ cell tumor, classified as 1 of the following:

    • Germinoma

      • Pure germinoma
      • Germinoma with mature and/or immature teratoma
    • Secreting germ cell tumor

      • Elevated tumor markers in serum and/or cerebral spinal fluid as evidenced by any of the following:

        • Alpha-fetoprotein > 25 ng/mL
        • β-human choriogonadotropin > 50 IU/L
      • Any tumor containing 1 of these components:

        • Yolk sac tumor
        • Choriocarcinoma
        • Embryonal tumor

          • Normal tumor markers allowed
  • Diagnosis confirmed by histology or elevated serum markers
  • Metastatic or nonmetastatic disease

    • Two separate tumors in the suprasellar and pineal areas without evidence of metastatic disease elsewhere are considered nonmetastatic multifocal disease
  • Study treatment must begin ≤ 4 weeks after diagnosis
  • No pure immature or mature teratomas
  • The following additional patients are eligible:

    • Patients who are > 18 years of age provided no other appropriate protocol exists
    • Patients who were diagnosed > 4 weeks ago
    • Patients who are in relapse


  • Not specified


  • No prior treatment except surgery
  • No concurrent amino glycosides or other nephrotoxic drugs during ifosfamide administration
  • No concurrent growth factors
  • No other concurrent chemotherapy or radiotherapy

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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT00293358

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Sponsors and Collaborators
Children's Cancer and Leukaemia Group
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Study Chair: James Nicholson, DM, MA, MRCPCH Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
OverallOfficial: Marie C. Baranzelli, MD Centre Oscar Lambret
OverallOfficial: U. Gobel, MD Heinrich-Heine University, Duesseldorf
Publications automatically indexed to this study by ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier (NCT Number):
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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00293358    
Other Study ID Numbers: CDR0000455625
First Posted: February 17, 2006    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: September 17, 2013
Last Verified: July 2008
Keywords provided by National Cancer Institute (NCI):
childhood central nervous system germ cell tumor
adult central nervous system germ cell tumor
childhood central nervous system choriocarcinoma
childhood central nervous system embryonal tumor
childhood central nervous system yolk sac tumor
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Neoplasms, Germ Cell and Embryonal
Nervous System Neoplasms
Central Nervous System Neoplasms
Neoplasms by Histologic Type
Neoplasms by Site
Nervous System Diseases
Etoposide phosphate
Antineoplastic Agents
Antineoplastic Agents, Phytogenic
Topoisomerase II Inhibitors
Topoisomerase Inhibitors
Enzyme Inhibitors
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Antineoplastic Agents, Alkylating
Alkylating Agents