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Radiation Therapy and Combination Chemotherapy in Treating Young Patients With Metastatic Medulloblastoma Who Have Undergone Surgery

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT00276666
Recruitment Status : Unknown
Verified June 2009 by National Cancer Institute (NCI).
Recruitment status was:  Active, not recruiting
First Posted : January 13, 2006
Last Update Posted : September 17, 2013
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National Cancer Institute (NCI)

Brief Summary:

RATIONALE: Radiation therapy uses high-energy x-rays to kill tumor cells. Drugs used in chemotherapy, such as lomustine, vincristine, and cisplatin, work in different ways to stop the growth of tumor cells, either by killing the cells or by stopping them from dividing. Giving radiation therapy together with combination chemotherapy after surgery may kill any tumor cells that remain.

PURPOSE: This phase II trial is studying giving radiation therapy together with combination chemotherapy to see how well it works in treating young patients with metastatic medulloblastoma who have undergone surgery.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Brain and Central Nervous System Tumors Drug: cisplatin Drug: lomustine Drug: vincristine sulfate Procedure: adjuvant therapy Radiation: radiation therapy Phase 2

Detailed Description:


  • Determine the toxicity of hyperfractionated accelerated radiotherapy (HART) in young patients with metastatic medulloblastoma.
  • Determine the toxicity of chemotherapy (vincristine during radiotherapy and 8 courses of lomustine, cisplatin, and vincristine after radiotherapy) in association with HART in these patients.

OUTLINE: This is a multicenter study.

  • Radiotherapy and vincristine: Beginning 4-6 weeks after surgery, patients undergo hyperfractionated accelerated radiotherapy (HART) twice a day, 5 days a week, for 5 weeks. Patients also receive vincristine IV once weekly for 8 weeks beginning in week 1*. Approximately 6-8 weeks after completion of radiotherapy, patients proceed to maintenance chemotherapy.

NOTE: *The first 7 patients undergo radiotherapy without receiving vincristine

  • Maintenance chemotherapy: Patients receive oral lomustine once on day 1 and cisplatin IV over 6 hours on day 1 and vincristine IV on days 1, 8, and 15. Treatment repeats every 6 weeks for 8 courses in the absence of disease progression or unacceptable toxicity.

After completion of study treatment, patients are followed periodically for 5 years.

PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A total of 29 patients will be accrued for this study.

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Estimated Enrollment : 29 participants
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Hyperfractionated Accelerated Radiotherapy (HART) With Chemotherapy (Cisplatin, CCNU, Vincristine) for Metastatic (M1-3) Medulloblastoma
Study Start Date : November 2001
Estimated Primary Completion Date : March 2010

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Toxicity

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Ages Eligible for Study:   3 Years to 21 Years   (Child, Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No


  • Histologically proven medulloblastoma

    • The following variants of medulloblastoma are also eligible:

      • Nodular/desmoplastic medulloblastoma
      • Medullomyoblastoma
      • Melanotic medulloblastoma
  • Metastatic disease, meeting at least 1 of the following criteria:

    • Unequivocal evidence on pre- or post-operative MR scan of supratentorial (stage M2) metastases and/or spinal metastases (stage M3)
    • Tumor cells seen on cytospin analysis of lumbar cerebral spinal fluid (CSF) (stage M1) performed between 15 days and 21 days after surgery

      • Involvement of CSF pathways by tumor is defined as the unequivocal identification of primitive neuroectodermal cells, either on cytological grounds or with a combination of cytological and immunocytological features (e.g., reactivity for GFAP or a neuronal marker, such as synaptophysin)
  • Underwent surgery to remove the tumor no more than 6 weeks ago


  • Hemoglobin ≥ 10 g/dL
  • Absolute neutrophil count ≥ 1,000/mm^3
  • Platelet count ≥ 100,000/mm^3
  • Neurologically stable (or improving) during the week before starting radiotherapy
  • Lansky (1-16 years) or Karnofsky (>16 years) performance status 30-100%
  • No active infection
  • No prior malignant disease
  • Not pregnant or nursing
  • No syndrome with recognized potential for increased sensitivity to radiotherapy and/or chromosomal fragility
  • Not require anesthesia
  • No hearing loss or renal impairment that would make the patient unable to comply with 'Packer' chemotherapy protocol


  • No steroids, if possible, at the start of radiotherapy OR on a stable or reducing dose of steroids during the week before starting radiotherapy
  • No prior chemotherapy or radiotherapy
  • Dexamethasone should not be used as an anti-emetic unless other therapies fail

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00276666

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Sponsors and Collaborators
Children's Cancer and Leukaemia Group
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Study Chair: Roger Taylor, MD Cookridge Hospital
OverallOfficial: Frank Saran, MD Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust
OverallOfficial: Barry Pizer, MD Royal Liverpool Children's Hospital, Alder Hey
OverallOfficial: David Ellison, MD Northern Centre for Cancer Treatment at Newcastle General Hospital
OverallOfficial: Susan V. Picton, MD Leeds Cancer Centre at St. James's University Hospital
Layout table for additonal information Identifier: NCT00276666    
Other Study ID Numbers: CDR0000454549
First Posted: January 13, 2006    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: September 17, 2013
Last Verified: June 2009
Keywords provided by National Cancer Institute (NCI):
untreated childhood medulloblastoma
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Nervous System Neoplasms
Central Nervous System Neoplasms
Neoplasms by Site
Nervous System Diseases
Neoplasms, Neuroepithelial
Neuroectodermal Tumors
Neoplasms, Germ Cell and Embryonal
Neoplasms by Histologic Type
Neuroectodermal Tumors, Primitive
Neoplasms, Glandular and Epithelial
Neoplasms, Nerve Tissue
Antineoplastic Agents
Antineoplastic Agents, Phytogenic
Tubulin Modulators
Antimitotic Agents
Mitosis Modulators
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Antineoplastic Agents, Alkylating
Alkylating Agents