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Fluorescence Guided Resection of Brain Tumors (FGR)

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Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : March 27, 2009
Last Update Posted : June 14, 2019
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
David W. Roberts, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center

Brief Summary:

Removing a tumor from your brain is hard to do because, very often, brain tumors do not have boundaries that are easy for your surgeon to find. In many cases, the surgeon can't tell exactly where the tumor begins or ends. The surgeon usually can remove most of your tumor by looking at the MRI images that were taken of your brain before surgery. However, the surgeon does not have any good way to tell if the entire tumor has been removed or not. Removing the entire tumor is very important because leaving tumor behind may allow it to grow back which could decrease your chances of survival.

It is possible to detect tumor cells by making them glow with a specific color of light (a process called fluorescence). This can be done by having you take the drug, ALA, before your surgery. ALA is a molecule that already exists in the cells of your body. Once enough of it is in your body, it gets converted into another molecule named PpIX. If blue light is shined on a tumor that has enough PpIX, it will glow with red light (fluorescence) that can be detected with a special camera. In this study, we want to determine how the fluorescence (red light) is related to the tumor which appears in the images that are normally taken of your brain (which the surgeon uses to guide the removal of your tumor) and the tumor tissue that will be removed during your surgery. Removing the entire tumor is very important because leaving tumor behind may allow it to grow back which could decrease your chances of survival.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Brain Tumors Drug: 5-aminolevulinic acid Phase 1

Detailed Description:
The first phase of study (Stage I) will use FI coregistered with pMR, iUS and iSV images to test the overall hypothesis that there is a high degree of spatial correlation between local tissue FI signal and coregistered conventional imaging and corresponding histopathology. Additionally, coregistered probe measurements and biopsy specimens will be acquired intraoperatively. Biopsy specimens will be processed post-operatively (via fluorescence microscopy and chemical spectrofluorimetry) to assess PpIX concentration which will allow direct comparisons of FI signal strength with PpIX production (based on both in vivo probe data and ex vivo histological quantification) as a function of histological grade. The study protocol is outlined below. Because of the overall interest and importance of relating this data to the existing body of literature and the excellent safety record of oral administration of ALA reported in these trials [1, 33-36], we will use the same dose/time schedule described in [1, 33]. The operative procedures will follow existing practice at Dartmouth for image-guided resection of meningiomas, pituitary adenomas and metastases with additional acquisition of FI and biopsy data at predefined time points that are related to the expected volume of tumor tissue. In this first phase of the study, resection decisions will not be made based on FI data alone. Should residual fluorescence remain after the intended resection volume has been removed further excisions will require biopsy confirmation in the OR. It is anticipated that 234 patients will be enrolled in Stage I.

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 105 participants
Allocation: N/A
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Diagnostic
Official Title: Co-registered Fluorescence-Enhanced Resection of Brain Tumors Stage I: Correlation With MR and Biopsy
Study Start Date : May 2007
Actual Primary Completion Date : July 2, 2012
Actual Study Completion Date : July 2, 2013

Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: 5-aminolevulinic acid Drug: 5-aminolevulinic acid
20mg/kg 3 hours prior to surgery
Other Name: 5-ALA

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Determine the degree of spatial correlation between local fluorescence recorded intraop and coregistered conventional imaging obtained preop with MR and intraop with ultrasound and operating microscope stereovision. [ Time Frame: From date of first surgery through 6/1/2013 ]

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Establish the clinical feasibility of integrating FI with conventional image guidance (pMR, iUS and iSV data). Determine the relationships between FI signals, PpIX concentration, histological grade and image features evident for surgical guidance. [ Time Frame: From date of first surgery through 6/1/2013 ]

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Ages Eligible for Study:   21 Years and older   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Preoperative diagnosis of either presumed low or high grade glioma (astrocytoma, oligodendroglioma, mixed oligo-astrocytoma, anaplastic astrocytoma, and glioblastoma multiforme) or meningioma, pituitary adenoma or metastasis.
  • Tumor judged to be suitable for open cranial resection based on preoperative imaging studies.
  • Patient able to provide written informed consent.
  • Age ≥ 21 years old.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Pregnant women or women who are breast feeding
  • History of cutaneous photosensitivity, porphyria, hypersensitivity to porphyrins, photodermatosis, exfoliative dermatitis
  • History of liver disease within the last 12 months,
  • AST, ALT, ALP or bilirubin levels greater than 2.5 times the normal limit at any time during the previous 2 months
  • Plasma creatinine in excess of 180 mol/L.
  • Inability to comply with the photosensitivity precautions associated with the study
  • Patients with an existing DSM-IV Axis 1diagnosis
  • Inability to give informed consent

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00870779

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United States, New Hampshire
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
Lebanon, New Hampshire, United States, 03756
Sponsors and Collaborators
David W. Roberts
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)
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Principal Investigator: David W Roberts, MD Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
Principal Investigator: Keith Paulsen, PhD Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
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Responsible Party: David W. Roberts, Professor of Surgery (Neurosurgery), Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center Identifier: NCT00870779    
Other Study ID Numbers: DMS 0711
R01NS052274-01A2 ( U.S. NIH Grant/Contract )
First Posted: March 27, 2009    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: June 14, 2019
Last Verified: June 2019
Keywords provided by David W. Roberts, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center:
Brain Tumor
Malignant Glioma
Pituitary Tumor
Skull Base Tumor
Brain Lesions
Brain Metastases
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Brain Neoplasms
Central Nervous System Neoplasms
Nervous System Neoplasms
Neoplasms by Site
Brain Diseases
Central Nervous System Diseases
Nervous System Diseases
Aminolevulinic Acid
Photosensitizing Agents
Dermatologic Agents