Fluorescence-guided Surgery for Low- and High-grade Gliomas
Basic Trial Information
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Gliomas are the most common primary brain tumor, yet remain a challenge to effectively treat. Mounting evidence suggests that survival improves with greater tumor removal, yet being able do a complete removal can be difficult due to the tumor's infiltrating nature. 5-aminolevulinic acid (5-ALA) is a natural compound that, when patients take it by mouth 3 hours before surgery, is selectively taken up by glioma cells and causes a red/pink fluorescence (glow) under a blue light that allows tumor margins to be seen during the course of surgery. While this compound is used as a standard-of-care agent in Europe, it remains under testing by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). A recent clinical trial in Germany, however, has demonstrated a significant improvement in the rate of complete resection for certain brain tumors (65% vs. 34%).
The Barrow 5-ALA Intraoperative Confocal (BALANCE) Trial will measure the effect of 5-ALA on the amount of glioma tumor removal. To improve the usefulness of 5-ALA, a new special microscope fitted with a blue light, will be used to magnify microscopic fluorescence at the tumor margins. The investigators' hypothesis is that 5-ALA fluorescence with the use of the special microscope during surgery will greatly lower the amount of tumor left behind.
Further Study Information
Gliomas are the most common primary brain tumor, yet are associated with a 12-14 month overall survival in the United States. Mounting evidence suggests that survival improves with greater extent of resection, yet achieving a complete radiographic resection is challenging due to the tumor's infiltrating nature. Oral 5-aminolevulinic acid (5-ALA/Gliolan®) is a natural compound that, when administered to patients within 3 hours prior to surgery, is selectively metabolized by glioma cells and induces a red/pink fluorescence under blue light that facilitates intraoperative identification of tumor margins. While this compound is used as a standard-of-care agent in Europe, it remains under examination by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). A recent multicenter randomized, single-blind, controlled study in Germany demonstrated a significant improvement in the rate of complete resection for high-grade gliomas, as compared to conventional microneurosurgery (65% vs. 34%) (Stummer et al., Lancet Oncology 2006).
Patients with presumed newly-diagnosed glioma will be entered into the trial. On the basis of their expected extent of resection (low vs. high), they will be stratified in one of 2 groups - Group 1 (expected high extent or resection) or Group 2 (expected low extent of resection). Following stratification, patients with newly-diagnosed disease will be randomized to receive either study drug (5-ALA/Gliolan®) or placebo (ascorbic acid) prior to surgery. Those who have had previous biopsy only without further treatment will be eligible for randomization. Intraoperatively, 5-ALA/Gliolan® patients will undergo resection with combined fluorescence microscopy and confocal microscopy. Placebo patients will undergo resection with standard light microscopy. Postoperatively, patients will have an MRI scan with and without contrast within 48 hours of surgery. Subsequent analysis of each patient will include assessment of the primary endpoint, that is,volume of residual disease (VRD) by volumetrically quantifying the tumor before and after surgery using T1-weighted contrast-enhancement (high-grade gliomas) or T2-weighted hyperintensity (low-grade gliomas). Similarly, volumetric extent of resection will also be measured. Other secondary endpoints will include overall survival (OS), progression-free survival (PFS), and National Institute of Health Stroke Scale (NIHSS) (collected at baseline, 7-10 days post-op and at 6, 12, 18, and 24 months post op).
The Barrow 5-ALA Intraoperative Confocal (BALANCE) study will quantify the impact of 5-ALA/Gliolan(R) on low- and high-grade glioma extent of resection. To enhance the efficacy of 5-ALA/Gliolan(R), particularly for low-grade gliomas that fluoresce less vigorously due to their comparatively lower cellular metabolism, intraoperative confocal microscopy will be used to amplify microscopic fluorescence at the tumor margins. The investigators' hypothesis is that, for both low- and high-grade gliomas, 5-ALA/Gliolan(R) fluorescence in conjunction with intraoperative confocal microscopy will significantly lower the VRD.
1. To determine the impact of intraoperative fluorescence and confocal microscopy on the volume of residual disease following resection of a newly-diagnosed glioma.
1. To assess the feasibility and utility of combining intraoperative fluorescence with confocal microscopy.
2. To determine the impact of this combined approach in improving volumetric extent of resection.
3. To determine the impact of this combined approach in improving overall survival and 6-month progression-free survival.
- Presumed newly-diagnosed supratentorial glioma (previous biopsy-only/no adjuvant therapy are eligible for randomization)
- Age > 18 years
- Normal bone marrow function (WBC > 3000, Platelets > 100,000)
- Infratentorial tumors
- Hypersensitivity to 5-aminolevulinic acid hydrochloride or porphyrins
- History of photosensitivity, porphyria, or exfoliative dermatitis
- Hepatic dysfunction in the last 12 months (defined by AST, ALT, ALP, bilirubin > 2.5 x normal)
- Serum creatinine > 180 µmol/L
- Estimated Glomerular Filtration Rate (eGFR) < 60 ml/min/1.73m2
- Inability to undergo MRI scan with contrast
Trial Contact Information
Trial Lead Organizations/Sponsors
St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center
Barrow Neurological Institute at St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center
Norissa Honea, RN, PhD
Nader Sanai, MD
William White, MD
Peter Nakaji, MD
Randall Porter, MD
Taro Kaibara, MD
Kris Smith, MD
Mark Garrett, MD
Andrew Little, MD
John Wanebo, MD
Steve Chang, MD
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NLM Identifier NCT01502280
ClinicalTrials.gov processed this data on April 09, 2015
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