Image-Guided Radiosurgery or Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy in Treating Patients With Localized Spine Metastasis

Not Recruiting

Trial ID: NCT00922974


RATIONALE: Specialized radiation therapy that delivers a high dose of radiation directly to the tumor may kill more tumor cells and cause less damage to normal tissue. PURPOSE: This randomized phase II/III trial is studying how well image-guided radiosurgery or stereotactic body radiation therapy works and compares it to external-beam radiation therapy in treating patients with localized spine metastasis.

Official Title

Phase II/III Study of Image-Guided Radiosurgery/SBRT for Localized Spine Metastasis

Stanford Investigator(s)

Iris C. Gibbs, MD, FACR, FASTRO
Iris C. Gibbs, MD, FACR, FASTRO

Professor of Radiation Oncology (Radiation Therapy) and, by courtesy, of Neurosurgery

Scott G. Soltys, MD
Scott G. Soltys, MD

Professor of Radiation Oncology (Radiation Therapy) and, by courtesy, of Neurosurgery

Quynh-Thu Le, MD
Quynh-Thu Le, MD

Katharine Dexter McCormick and Stanley McCormick Memorial Professor and Professor, by courtesy, of Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery (OHNS)


Inclusion Criteria:

1. The patient must have localized spine metastasis from the C1 to L5 levels by a screening imaging study \[bone scan, positron emission tomography (PET), computerized tomography (CT), or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)\] (a solitary spine metastasis; two separate spine levels; or up to 3 separate sites \[e.g., C5, T5-6, and T12\] are permitted.) Each of the separate sites may have a maximal involvement of 2 contiguous vertebral bodies. Patients can have other visceral metastasis, and radioresistant tumors (including soft tissue sarcomas, melanomas, and renal cell carcinomas) are eligible. See Figure 1 in Section 3.1.1. of the protocol for a depiction of eligible metastatic lesions: 1) a solitary spine metastasis; 2) two contiguous spine levels involved; or 3) a maximum of 3 separate sites. Each of the separate sites may have a maximal involvement of 2 contiguous vertebral bodies. Epidural compression (arrow) is eligible when there is a ≥ 3 mm gap between the spinal cord and the edge of the epidural lesion (see #10). A paraspinal mass ≤ 5 cm is allowed (see #11).

* There can be multiple small metastatic lesions shown in other vertebral bodies as shown in referenced diagram. The metastatic lesion of each spine should be less than 20% of the vertebral body as opposed to the diffuse vertebral involvement. These small lesions are often seen in the MRI even when bone scan or PET was negative. Most of these lesions are not clinically required to be treated and are therefore not included in the target volume of this protocol. Only the painful spine (pain score≥ 5) is to be treated .
2. Zubrod Performance Status 0-2;
3. Age ≥ 18;
4. History/physical examination within 2 weeks prior to registration;
5. Negative serum pregnancy test within 2 weeks prior to registration for women of childbearing potential;
6. Women of childbearing potential and male participants who are sexually active must agree to use a medically effective means of birth control;
7. MRI (contrast is not required but strongly recommended) of the involved spine within 4 weeks prior to registration to determine the extent of the spine involvement; an MRI is required as it is superior to a CT scan in delineating the spinal cord as well as identifying an epidural or paraspinal soft tissue component. Note: If an MRI was done as a screening imaging study for eligibility (see Section -1), the MRI can be used as the required MRI for treatment planning.
8. Numerical Rating Pain Scale within 1 week prior to registration; the patient must have a score on the Scale of ≥ 5 for at least one of the planned sites for spine radiosurgery. Documentation of the patient's initial pain score is required. Patients taking medication for pain at the time of registration are eligible.
9. Neurological examination within 1 week prior to registration to rule out rapid neurologic decline; see Appendix III for the standardized neurological examination. Patients with mild to moderate neurological signs are eligible. These neurological signs include radiculopathy, dermatomal sensory change, and muscle strength of involved extremity 4/5 (lower extremity for ambulation or upper extremity for raising arms and/or arm function).
10. Patients with epidural compression are eligible provided that there is a ≥ 3 mm gap between the spinal cord and the edge of the epidural lesion.
11. Patients with a paraspinal mass ≤ 5 cm in the greatest dimension and that is contiguous with spine metastasis are eligible.
12. Patients must provide study specific informed consent prior to study entry.

Exclusion Criteria:

1. Histologies of myeloma or lymphoma;
2. Non-ambulatory patients;
3. Spine instability due to a compression fracture;
4. \> 50% loss of vertebral body height;
5. Frank spinal cord compression or displacement or epidural compression within 3 mm of the spinal cord;
6. Patients with rapid neurologic decline;
7. Bony retropulsion causing neurologic abnormality;
8. Prior radiation to the index spine;
9. Patients for whom an MRI of the spine is medically contraindicated;
10. Patients allergic to contrast dye used in MRIs or CT scans or who cannot be premedicated for the use of contrast dye.


radiation: external beam radiation therapy

radiation: Radiosurgery/SBRT

Not Recruiting

Contact Information

Stanford University
School of Medicine
300 Pasteur Drive
Stanford, CA 94305

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