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Yttrium Y 90 Radiolabeled Glass Beads in Treating Patients With Liver Cancer That Cannot Be Removed by Surgery

Expanded access is no longer available for this treatment.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
City of Hope Medical Center Identifier:
First received: January 3, 2008
Last updated: February 13, 2017
Last verified: February 2017

RATIONALE: Internal radiation therapy uses radioactive material placed directly into or near a tumor to kill tumor cells. Using radiolabeled glass beads to kill tumor cells may be effective treatment for liver cancer that cannot be removed by surgery.

PURPOSE: To provide expanded access and study the side effects of yttrium Y 90 glass microspheres in treating patients with liver cancer that cannot be removed by surgery.

Condition Intervention
Liver Cancer Radiation: brachytherapy Radiation: yttrium Y 90 glass microspheres

Study Type: Expanded Access     What is Expanded Access?
Official Title: A Treatment of Unresectable Hepatocellular Carcinoma With TheraSphere (Yttrium-90 Glass Microspheres): A HDE Treatment Use Protocol

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Further study details as provided by City of Hope Medical Center:

Study Start Date: April 2007
Study Completion Date: September 2014
Primary Completion Date: September 2014 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Intervention Details:
    Radiation: brachytherapy
    The target dose of TheraSphere® is 80-150Gy
    Radiation: yttrium Y 90 glass microspheres
    The target dose of TheraSphere® is 80-150Gy
Detailed Description:



  • Provide supervised access to treatment with yttrium Y 90 glass microspheres (TheraSphere®) to eligible patients with primary cancer to the liver and who are not surgical resection candidates.
  • Evaluate patient experience and toxicities associated with TheraSphere® treatment.
  • Enter treatment experience into a liver database.


  • Determine the tumor response rates in patients receiving this treatment.

OUTLINE: This is a humanitarian device exemption use study.

Patients receive yttrium Y 90 glass microspheres (TheraSphere®) via percutaneous hepatic arterial infusion. Patients may be retreated between 30-90 days after the initial infusion.

After completion of study therapy, patients are followed for 30 days and then annually thereafter for up to 2 years.


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

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Confirmed diagnosis of hepatocellular carcinoma
  • Surgical evaluation by a member of the Liver Tumor Program must conclude the patient is not a candidate for resection or ablation
  • Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG) Performance Status Score 0-2
  • Able to comprehend and provide written informed consent in accordance with institutional and federal guidelines

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Absolute granulocyte count =<1,500/ul
  • Platelet count =<75,000/ul
  • Serum creatinine >= 2.0 mg/dl
  • Serum bilirubin

    • >= 2.0 mg/dl for bilateral treatment or lobar treatment
    • >= 3.0 mg/dl for single lesion which could be treated by segmental fusion
  • History of severe allergy or intolerance to any contrast media, narcotics, sedatives, or atropine
  • Bleeding, diathesis not correctable by usual forms of therapy
  • Severe peripheral vascular disease that would preclude catheterization
  • Portal hypertension with portal venous shunt away from the liver
  • Evidence of potential delivery greater than 16.5 mCi (30 Gy absorbed dose) of radiation to the lungs on either:

    1. first TheraSphere administration; or
    2. cumulative delivery of radiation to the lungs > 30 Gy over multiple treatments
  • Evidence of any detectable Tc-99m MMA flow to the stomach or duodenum, after application of established angiographic techniques to stop such flow
  • Significant extrahepatic disease representing an imminent life-threatening outcome
  • Severe liver dysfunction (Childs' Classification C) or pulmonary insufficiency (requiring continuous oxygen therapy)
  • Active uncontrolled infection
  • Significant underlying medical or psychiatric illness
  • Pregnant women may not participate
  • Children may not participate
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00589030

United States, California
City of Hope Medical Center
Duarte, California, United States, 91010-3000
Sponsors and Collaborators
City of Hope Medical Center
Principal Investigator: Yi-Jen Chen, MD, PhD City of Hope Medical Center
  More Information

Responsible Party: City of Hope Medical Center Identifier: NCT00589030     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 06057
CDR0000579146 ( Registry Identifier: NCI PDQ )
NCI-2010-00429 ( Registry Identifier: NCI CTRP )
Study First Received: January 3, 2008
Last Updated: February 13, 2017

Keywords provided by City of Hope Medical Center:
adult primary hepatocellular carcinoma
advanced adult primary liver cancer
localized unresectable adult primary liver cancer
recurrent adult primary liver cancer

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Carcinoma, Hepatocellular
Liver Neoplasms
Neoplasms, Glandular and Epithelial
Neoplasms by Histologic Type
Digestive System Neoplasms
Neoplasms by Site
Digestive System Diseases
Liver Diseases
Central Nervous System Stimulants
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Autonomic Agents
Peripheral Nervous System Agents
Dopamine Agents
Neurotransmitter Agents
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Adrenergic Agents
Adrenergic Uptake Inhibitors
Neurotransmitter Uptake Inhibitors
Membrane Transport Modulators
Dopamine Uptake Inhibitors processed this record on September 21, 2017