Boron Neutron Capture Therapy in Treating Patients With Melanoma

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Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : May 7, 2003
Last Update Posted : June 26, 2013
Information provided by:
National Cancer Institute (NCI)

Brief Summary:

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.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Melanoma (Skin) Radiation: boron neutron capture therapy Phase 2

Detailed Description:


  • 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.

Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Allocation: Non-Randomized
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Phase II Trial For Neutron Capture Therapy In Melanoma
Study Start Date : May 2002
Actual Study Completion Date : January 2004

Resource links provided by the National Library of Medicine

MedlinePlus related topics: Melanoma
Drug Information available for: Boron
U.S. FDA Resources

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Clinical response
  2. Time course, uniformity, and severity of acute dermal reactions
  3. Late dermal reaction after at least six months
  4. Pharmacokinetics

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


  • 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


  • Not specified


  • Not specified


  • 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

  • Not specified


  • Not specified

Endocrine therapy

  • Not specified


  • No prior radiotherapy to study sites


  • Not specified

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00059800

United States, Massachusetts
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Boston, Massachusetts, United States, 02215
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States, 02139
Sponsors and Collaborators
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Study Chair: Paul M. Busse, MD, PhD Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Identifier: NCT00059800     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: BIDMC-W-01-0380-FB
CDR0000287207 ( Registry Identifier: PDQ (Physician Data Query) )
First Posted: May 7, 2003    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: June 26, 2013
Last Verified: December 2005

Keywords provided by National Cancer Institute (NCI):
recurrent melanoma
stage 0 melanoma
stage I melanoma
stage II melanoma
stage III melanoma
stage IV melanoma

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Neuroendocrine Tumors
Neuroectodermal Tumors
Neoplasms, Germ Cell and Embryonal
Neoplasms by Histologic Type
Neoplasms, Nerve Tissue
Nevi and Melanomas
Trace Elements
Growth Substances
Physiological Effects of Drugs