Safety Study of Aminolevulinic Acid (ALA) to Improve Visibility of Brain Tumors During Surgery

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Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : August 18, 2009
Last Update Posted : September 22, 2015
DUSA Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Diane Cantella, Allegheny Singer Research Institute

Brief Summary:
A one time oral dose of ALA is taken before surgery. The medication makes the tumor visible under ultraviolet light which allow the surgeon to see more of the tumor for a more complete removal.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Glioblastoma Drug: Aminolevulinic Acid Phase 2

Detailed Description:
Patients with primary neoplastic brain tumors (Grades II-IV) will participate in this trial. Each patient will have been evaluated and found to have such a tumor by history and recent imaging studies (MRI) and deemed a surgical candidate based on current neurosurgical standards of care.

Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 150 participants
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Phase 2 Study of Aminolevulinic Acid (ALA) to Enhance Visualization and Resection of Primary Glial Neoplasms of the Brain.
Study Start Date : September 2009
Actual Primary Completion Date : August 2015
Actual Study Completion Date : August 2015

Intervention Details:
  • Drug: Aminolevulinic Acid
    20 mg/kg mixed in water and taken orally prior to surgery

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. More complete resection of malignant brain tumors [ Time Frame: 3-7 days ]

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Safety of drug [ Time Frame: 1 month ]

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Suspected primary brain tumor
  • 18 years of age or more
  • Normal marrow and organ function
  • Life expectancy not a consideration

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Receiving any other investigational agents
  • History of allergic reactions to ALA
  • Personal or family history of porphyrias
  • Liver disease in the past year
  • Uncontrolled intercurrent illness
  • Pregnant or lactating women
  • Inability to undergo MRI with contrast

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00961090

United States, Pennsylvania
Allegheny General Hospital
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States, 15212
Sponsors and Collaborators
Diane Cantella
DUSA Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Principal Investigator: Matthew R Quigley, MD The Guthrie Clinic

Responsible Party: Diane Cantella, co-investigator, Allegheny Singer Research Institute Identifier: NCT00961090     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 104974
First Posted: August 18, 2009    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: September 22, 2015
Last Verified: September 2015

Keywords provided by Diane Cantella, Allegheny Singer Research Institute:
Brain tumor
surgical resection
ultraviolet light

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Aminolevulinic Acid
Neoplasms, Neuroepithelial
Neuroectodermal Tumors
Neoplasms, Germ Cell and Embryonal
Neoplasms by Histologic Type
Neoplasms, Glandular and Epithelial
Neoplasms, Nerve Tissue
Photosensitizing Agents
Dermatologic Agents