XERECEPT® (hCRF) for Primary Glioma Patients Requiring Dexamethasone to Treat Peritumoral Brain Edema

Not Recruiting

Trial ID: NCT00226668


The purpose of this study is to examine the safety and efficacy of XERECEPT (human Corticotropin-Releasing Factor, or hCRF) compared to dexamethasone in patients with primary malignant glioma who require increased dexamethasone doses to control symptom of peritumoral brain edema.

Official Title

A Phase III Randomized, Double-Blind Study Comparing Human Corticotropin-Releasing Factor (hCRF) to Dexamethasone for Control of Symptoms Associated With Peritumoral Brain Edema in Patients With Primary Malignant Glioma

Stanford Investigator(s)

Lawrence Recht, MD
Lawrence Recht, MD

Professor of Neurology (Adult Neurology) and, by courtesy, of Neurosurgery

Paul Graham Fisher, MD
Paul Graham Fisher, MD

Beirne Family Professor of Pediatric Neuro-Oncology, Professor of Pediatrics and, by courtesy, of Neurosurgery and of Epidemiology and Population Health


Inclusion Criteria:

   - Histologically confirmed diagnosis of a primary malignant glioma.

   - Symptomatic peritumoral brain edema requiring initiation or increase of dexamethasone

   - If a patient is on dexamethasone for treatment of symptomatic peritumoral brain edema,
   the dose must be stable and should not exceed 24mg/dl for a minimum of 7 days prior to

   - Presence of peritumoral brain edema confirmed by MRI scan or comparable diagnostic
   technology obtained within 21 days of Baseline.

   - Capable of self-administration of subcutaneous injections twice daily for 8 weeks or
   availability of assistance from caregiver.

Exclusion Criteria:

   - Need for surgery, radiosurgery or radiation therapy or the introduction of new
   chemotherapeutic regime within 2 weeks of study treatment.

   - Systemic steroid use for any other indication than peritumoral brain edema.

   - Patients on dexamethasone or anticonvulsant therapy.

   - Serious concomitant cardiovascular, pulmonary, renal, gastrointestinal or endocrine
   metabolic disease which could put the patient at unusual risk for study participation.

   - Central nervous system (CNS) infection.

   - Conditions that are considered contradictions for patients to receive niacin


drug: hCRF

drug: placebo hCRF

Not Recruiting

Contact Information

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

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