A Multicenter Clinical Study of the Sonablate®450 for the TreAtment of Locally Recurrent Prostate Cancer With HIFU (STAR Trial)

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Basic Trial Information

PhaseTypeAgeTrial IDs
No phase specifiedTreatment40 to 80FSI-003
NCI-2009-01648, NCT00772317

Trial Description


For the treatment of locally recurrent prostate cancer following failed external beam

radiation therapy (EBRT)

Further Study Information

The proposed study is a non-randomized, prospective, single arm study. The safety and

effectiveness of the Sonablate treatment in subjects with locally recurrent prostate cancer

will be evaluated with regard to freedom from biochemical failure and disease recurrence

following HIFU treatment.

Men with histologically confirmed, locally recurrent, organ-confined, non-metastatic

prostatic adenocarcinoma two or more years following EBRT, PSA ≥0.5 ng/mL and ≤10 ng/mL, 40

to 85 years of age, and with initial staging of T1c-T2 prior to radiation, who meet the

criteria for salvage treatment, will be enrolled.

This pivotal study will cover pre-treatment through the 12-month post-treatment follow-up

visit (8 visits).

A 5 year extended follow-up study will be conducted annually for the 2nd-5th years post

treatment (4 additional visits).

Eligibility Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

life expectancy > 12 months.

signed informed consent for the HIFU treatment study through the 12 month follow-up

visit (7 visits) and then through the extended follow-up period of 5 years (4

additional visits);

>90 days post hormone therapy usages, subjects who have or are currently undergoing

hormone therapy (GnRH agonist/antagonist) must discontinue hormone therapy and go

through a 90 day washout period prior to consideration for study participation, and

must remain off hormone therapy throughout the duration of the follow-up period (5


serum prostate specific antigen (PSA) ≥0.5 ng/mL and ≤10 ng/mL;

AP diameter of the prostate must be ≤4.0cm;

prostate volume ≤ 40 gms(cc) (HIFU subject prostate volume will be initially

calculated utilizing TRUS measurements during screening and verified with the use of

the Sonablate before initiating the HIFU procedure. Patients with prostate volumes

greater than 40 gm(cc) as determined by either measurement will not be enrolled in

the study);

prostate biopsy with ≥10 core biopsies demonstrating 1 or more cores positive for

cancer cells, within 6 months prior to treatment;

age ≥40 years through ≤85 years of age;

Negative CT scans of the chest, abdomen, and pelvis within 6 months prior to

enrollment to rule out possibility of metastases;

Negative bone scan within 6 months prior to enrollment to rule out possibility of


subjects with initial presentation of organ confined recurrent prostate cancer

(Stages T1c and T2 only) who have been treated with EBRT (conventional, 3D conformal,

or IMRT) or proton therapy, two or more years prior, and currently have biopsy proven

local recurrence. Previous radiation therapy must be a documented therapeutic dose

of 60 to 81Gy or GyE (gray equivalent) for proton therapy;

Exclusion Criteria:

participation in other investigational studies, unless approved in writing by the

study sponsor.

current symptomatic radiation proctitis requiring creams;

prostate seroma/abscess;

anomaly of the rectal anatomy or mucus membrane; anoscopy or proctoscopy may be

performed at the investigator's discretion;

rectal fibrosis/stenosis; anoscopy or proctoscopy may be performed at the

investigator's discretion;

urinary tract or rectal fistula;

current bladder cancer, urethral stricture, or bladder neck contracture; a cystoscopy

my be performed at the investigator's discretion to rule out these conditions;

functional bladder problems defined as IPSS > 19;

history of any other malignancy treated within the last 5 years, other than squamous

or basal cell skin cancer;

history of inflammatory bowel disease of the rectum;

prior significant rectal surgery (hemorrhoidectomy is acceptable; rectal

resection/fissure repair are excluded);

history of urethral stent or urethral surgery (urethral dilation, urethroplasty); a

Uroflow exam may be conducted at the investigators discretion;

prior treatment for prostate cancer, other than EBRT or hormone therapy;

a debulking transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP) is not acceptable once the

screening biopsy for patient selection has been conducted;

use of any 5ARI drugs within 3 months prior to enrollment such as Finasteride

(Proscar) or Dutasteride (Avodart);

inability to visualize the prostatic tissue adequately on transrectal ultrasound


body weight which would preclude proper suprapubic catheter functioning, per

investigator's discretion

interest in future fertility;

active urinary tract infection;

use of coumadin or any other anticoagulant, unless anticoagulation can be temporarily

reversed or stopped;

active, uncorrected bleeding disorder as determined by abnormal prothrombin time,

partial thromboplastin time, or INR at the time of HIFU (use international lab normal

ranges for parameters);

intra-prostatic calcifications >1.0 cm (single or continuous grouping) on 2 or more

consecutive images along the same plane by either the TRUS or Sonablate 500

measurement will not be enrolled;

American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) criteria of IV or higher;

Trial Contact Information

Trial Lead Organizations / Sponsors / Collaborators

SonaCare Medical

    Trial Sites



    Indiana University/Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center

    Michael O. Koch
    Principal Investigator

    New York
    New York

    Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

    James Andrew Eastham
    Principal Investigator

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    Link to the current ClinicalTrials.gov record.
    NLM Identifer NCT00772317

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