Proton Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy for Early-Stage Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer

Status: Recruiting
Phase: N/A
Diagnosis: Lung Cancer
NCT ID: NCT01525446 (View complete trial on
DFCI Protocol ID: 11-021


Stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) is a special form of treatment which pinpoints high doses of radiation directly to cancer. Standard radiation (or photon radiation) is commonly used for SBRT to treat Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC). Proton beam radiation is a special type of radiation only available at a few institutions in the US and has not been previously used in SBRT to treat NSCLC. The use of protons for SBRT may improve the accuracy of the treatment and may help to minimize the dose delivered unnecessarily to healthy tissue. In this study, the investigators are evaluating the safety and effectiveness of proton-based SBRT for early-stage NSCLC located in the periphery of the lung.


Conducting Institutions:
Massachusetts General Hospital

Overall PI:
Henning Willers, MD, Massachusetts General Hospital

Site-responsible Investigators:

Massachusetts General Hospital: Cancer Trials Call Center, 877-789-6100

Eligibility Criteria

Inclusion Criteria: - Histologically or cytologically confirmed non-small cell lung cancer - Stage clinical T1 N0 M0 or T2 N0 M0 - NSCLC must be limited to a single lesion - NSCLC must be peripherally located (> 2 cm from proximal bronchial tree and > 1 cm from mediastinal pleura) - NSCLC must be considered medically inoperable - Life expectancy greater than 6 months Exclusion Criteria: - Pregnant or breastfeeding - Prior radiation therapy to the lungs or mediastinum - Prior malignancy in the last 2 years unless treated definitively and disease free or carcinoma in situ or early stage skin cancers that have been definitively treated - Receiving other study agents or other types of cancer therapy - Uncontrolled intercurrent illness - Pacemaker or defibrillator-dependent
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