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RATIONALE: Radiation therapy uses high-energy x-rays to damage tumor cells. Radiosurgery may be able to deliver x-rays directly to the tumor and cause less damage to normal tissue. It is not yet known if radiosurgery is more effective with or without whole-brain radiation therapy in treating brain metastases.
PURPOSE: Randomized phase III trial to compare the effectiveness of radiosurgery with or without whole-brain radiation therapy in treating patients who have brain metastases.
- Compare the overall survival of patients with 1 to 3 cerebral metastases treated with radiosurgery with or without whole brain radiotherapy.
- Compare the time to CNS failure (brain) in patients treated with these regimens.
- Compare the quality of life, duration of functional independence, and long-term neurocognitive status in patients treated with these regimens.
- Compare the post-treatment toxic effects of these regimens in these patients.
OUTLINE: This is a randomized, multicenter study. Patients are stratified according to age (60 and over vs under 60), extracranial disease (controlled for more than 3 months vs controlled for 3 months or less), and number of brain metastases (1 vs more than 1). Patients are randomized to 1 of 2 treatment arms.
- Arm I: Patients undergo radiosurgery.
- Arm II: Patients undergo radiosurgery. Within 14 days, patients then undergo whole brain radiotherapy 5 days a week for 2.5 weeks.
Quality of life is assessed at baseline, the beginning of each treatment, at week 6, every 3 months for 1 year, every 4 months for 1 year, and then every 6 months for 2 years.
Patients are followed at weeks 6 and 12, every 3 months for 9 months, every 4 months for 1 year, every 6 months for 2 years, and then annually thereafter.
PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A total of 480 patients (240 per treatment arm) will be accrued for this study within 5 years.
Allocation: Randomized, Control: Active Control, Primary Purpose: Treatment
radiation therapy, stereotactic radiosurgery
University of Alabama at Birmingham Comprehensive Cancer Center
Active, not recruiting
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Published on BioPortfolio: 2014-08-27T03:56:20-0400
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