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HepaSphere/Quadrasphere Microspheres for Delivery of Doxorubicin for the Treatment of Hepatocellular Cancer

The purpose of this trial is to study the safety and effectiveness of hepasphere/quadraspheres in the TACE procedure for the treatment of liver cancer. The standard care for many years has been to use a chemo agent with an embolizing agent called Lipiodol. This study will look at the safety/effectiveness of using Hepaspheres/Quadraspheres in place of Lipiodol.

Stanford is currently not accepting patients for this trial.

Lead Sponsor:

Merit Medical Systems, Inc.


  • Device: HepaSphere/QuadraSphere Microspheres
  • Procedure: PVA, lipiodol, doxorubicin


Phase 3


Inclusion Criteria:

Patients must meet all of the following inclusion criteria in order to be entered into the

   1. Age 18 or older

   2. Patient has signed informed consent

   3. Patient must have a diagnosis of hepatocellular cancer confirmed by at least one of
   the following:

i. Histological confirmation ii. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) result with early
enhancement and delayed enhancement washout of at least one solid liver lesion > 1 cm.
Patient must also have evidence of cirrhosis or have chronic hepatitis B.

iii. Contrast enhanced computed tomography (CT) with early enhancement and delayed
enhancement washout of at least one solid liver lesion > 1cm. Patient must also have
evidence of cirrhosis or have chronic hepatitis B.

d. Patient must not be suitable for treatment by resection or percutaneous ablation at time
of study entry.

Patients not suitable for ablation due to lesion location may be enrolled

e. Patient MUST meet at least ONE of the following criteria:

i. Stage Child-Pugh B 7 ii. Recurrent HCC iii.Performance status ECOG 1

f. Patient has a life expectancy of at least 6 months

g. Absence of occlusive thrombus to the main portal trunk

Exclusion Criteria:

If patients meet any of the following criteria they may not be entered into the study:

   1. Current or previous treatment with chemo- or radiation therapy or sorafenib

   2. Previous treatment with any form of transarterial embolization for HCC

   3. Patients with current or history of any other cancer except non-melanomatous skin

   4. Female patients who are pregnant, breastfeeding, or premenopausal and not using an
   effective method of contraceptive

   5. Performance status ECOG > 2

   6. Child-Pugh scores >7

   7. Active gastrointestinal bleeding

   8. Evidence of uncorrectable bleeding diathesis

   9. Extra-hepatic spread of the HCC

10. Total Bilirubin > 3 mg/dL

11. >50% tumor involvement of the liver

12. Infiltrative or diffuse HCC

13. Encephalopathy not adequately controlled medically

14. Presence of ascites not controlled medically

15. Presence of medically relevant localized or systemic infection, other than hepatitis
   B, C, D, E or G

16. Any contraindication for MRI (eg. metallic implants)

17. Allergy to contrast media that cannot be managed with prophylaxis

18. Allergy to iodized oil

19. Any contraindication to arteriography

20. Any contraindication for doxorubicin administration, including the following:

i. White Blood Cell count (WBC) <3000 cells/mm₃

ii. Absolute Neutrophil <1500 cells/mm₃

iii. Cardiac ejection fraction <50%

iv. Other condition deemed exclusionary by physician

u. Any contraindication for hepatic embolization, including the following:

i. Porto-systemic shunt, or an arteriovenous shunt that cannot be adequately closed prior
to chemoembolization

ii. Hepatofugal blood flow

iii. Serum creatinine > 2mg/dL

iv. Uncorrectable impaired clotting

   1. Platelet <50,000/mm₃

   2. International Normalized Ratio (INR) > 1.4

   3. Activated Prothrombin Time (aPTT) less than 21 or greater than 40

   v. AST > 5X upper limit of normal for lab

   vi. ALT > 5X upper limit of normal for lab

Ages Eligible for Study

18 Years - N/A

Genders Eligible for Study


Not currently accepting new patients for this trial

Contact Information

Stanford University
School of Medicine
300 Pasteur Drive
Stanford, CA 94305
Not Recruiting