Testing if High Dose Radiation Only to the Sites of Brain Cancer Compared to Whole Brain Radiation That Avoids the Hippocampus is Better at Preventing Loss of Memory and Thinking Ability

Clinical Trial Title

NRG-CC009: Phase III Trial of Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS) Versus Hippocampal-Avoidant Whole Brain Radiotherapy (HA-WBRT) for 10 or Fewer Brain Metastases From Small Cell Lung Cancer

National Clinical Trial Number:

NCT04804644

Contact Information

Rush Cancer Center Clinical Trials Office

Clinical Trial Protocol Description:

This phase III trial compares the effect of stereotactic radiosurgery to standard of care memantine and whole brain radiation therapy that avoids the hippocampus (the memory zone of the brain) for the treatment of small cell lung cancer that has spread to the brain.

Stereotactic radiosurgery is a specialized radiation therapy that delivers a single, high dose of radiation directly to the tumor and may cause less damage to normal tissue. Whole brain radiation therapy delivers a low dose of radiation to the entire brain including the normal brain tissue. Hippocampal avoidance during whole-brain radiation therapy (HA-WBRT) decreases the amount of radiation that is delivered to the hippocampus which is a brain structure that is important for memory. The drug, memantine, is also often given with whole brain radiotherapy because it may decrease the risk of side effects related to thinking and memory. Stereotactic radiosurgery may decrease side effects related to memory and thinking compared to standard of care HA-WBRT plus memantine.

Clinical Trial Eligibility Criteria:

In order to participate you must meet the following criteria:

  • Have pathologically proven diagnosis of small cell lung cancer within five years of registration.
  • Have ten or fewer brain metastases =< 3 cm in largest diameter.
  • Are 18 years of age or older.
  • Have not received prior radiotherapy to the brain, including SRS, WBRT< or PCI.

This is a partial list of eligibility requirements. To inquire about your eligibility, please call the contact number provided. If you wish to inquire via email, please include the title of the study in your message.

Study Details

Clinical Trial Investigator

Gaurav Marwaha, MD

Contact Information

Rush Cancer Center Clinical Trials Office

Clinical Trial Location

Rush University Medical Center

Location

Rush University Medical Center

1620 W Harrison St
Chicago, IL 60612

Get Directions

Clinical Trial FAQs

Find out if a clinical trial makes sense for you.

Learn more
Learn more