Proton Radiotherapy for Stage I, IIA, and IIB Seminoma

Status: Recruiting
Diagnosis: Radiation Oncology
NCT ID: NCT01557790 (View complete trial on
DFCI Protocol ID: 13-009


Phase II study using Proton radiation therapy to treat males, aged 18 years or older, with Stage I, IIA and IIB Seminoma. This research study will be done in conjunction with the Robert H. Burr Proton Therapy Center at the Mass. General Hospital and the Department of Defense. In the feasibility portion of the study patients will be evaluated to determine acute toxicity. If the study is deemed feasible the principal investigator (PI) hopes that proton RT will reduce the lethargy rate as compared to photon radiation therapy (RT).


Conducting Institutions:
Massachusetts General Hospital

Overall PI:
Jason Efstathiou, MD, Massachusetts General Hospital

Site-responsible Investigators:

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

Eligibility Criteria

Inclusion Criteria - Histologically proven diagnosis of testicular seminoma - Histologically confirmed seminomatous germ cell tumor of the testis categorized as either "classical" or "anaplastic" - Stage I disease - Any pT N0 M0 S0-3 (Appendix B) [AJCC, 7th Ed.] (72) - Stage IIA or IIB disease - Any pT N1 M0 S0-3 (Appendix B) [AJCC, 7th Ed.] (72) - Any pT N2 M0 S0-3 (Appendix B) [AJCC, 7th Ed.] (72) (at the discretion of the principal investigators, bulky stage IIB may be excluded from the study, according to National Comprehensive Cancer Center Guidelines. - Pre-orchiectomy alpha-fetoprotein within normal limits - Appropriate stage for protocol entry, as per protocol section 3.2.1,based upon the following minimum diagnostic workup: History and physical examination, including a complete list of current medications - Chest x-ray (PA and lateral views) - Abdominal/pelvic CT scan; - Brain MRI if clinically indicated - Bone scan if clinically indicated - For stage I seminoma patients only, definitive surgical intervention within ten weeks prior to registration - Patients undergoing scrotal violations (scrotal orchiectomy, transscrotal biopsy, testicular fine needle aspiration, scrotal exploration) will be eligible - The patient is a candidate for definitive external beam radiotherapy - The patient has had no prior radiotherapy to the region of study - The patient has no inflammatory bowel disease, active collagen vascular or connective tissue disorders, and no other medical or social contraindications to radiotherapy, as determined by a participating radiation oncologist - Patient age: 18 years - Patient ECOG performance status: 0-1 (Appendix C) - Patients requiring concurrent noninvestigational medications will be permitted - Adequate renal function, defined as follows: Serum creatinine <1.4 mg/dl or creatinine clearance ≥60 ml/min within one month prior to registration - Informed consent: Patients must have the ability to understand and be willing to sign the study-specific informed consent indicating their understanding of the investigational nature and the risks of this study before any of the protocol related studies are preformed (this does not include routine laboratory testing or imaging studies required to establish study eligibility) - Laboratory evaluations: Semen analysis (patients will not be excluded if they do not wish to have an analysis or their insurance denies the claim) Follicle-stimulating hormone Luteinizing Hormone Lactate Dehydrogenase Human Chorionic Gonadotropic CBC Alpha FetaProtein Exclusion Criteria - Prior radiotherapy to the region of the study cancer - Prior radiation therapy for a different cancer or disease process is allowed, provided there will be no overlap of radiation therapy fields between the participant's prior and current course of radiation therapy, radiotherapy was completed more than four weeks from first fraction of proton therapy administered in this study, and the participant has recovered to Grade ≤1 toxicity related to prior radiotherapy - Chemotherapy administered for the diagnosis of seminoma - Prior chemotherapy for a different cancer is allowed, provided therapy was completed more than twelve months from first fraction of proton therapy administered in this study and the participant has recovered to Grade ≤1 toxicity related to agents previously administered - Incomplete definitive surgical orchiectomy, including diagnostic biopsy alone - Pelvic lymph node dissection for the diagnosis of seminoma - An investigational drug administered for the diagnosis of seminoma given concurrently or within four weeks of the first fraction of proton therapy administration - Prior or concurrent second invasive malignancy other than non-melanoma skin cancer, unless disease free for a minimum of five years - Known severe, active co-morbidity, defined as follows:Any clinically significant unrelated systemic illness, medical condition, or other factor, which at the discretion of the Principal Investigators, would interfere in the safe and timely completion of study procedures, compromise the patient's ability to tolerate the protocol therapy, or is likely to interfere with the study procedures or results - Cognitively impaired patients who cannot provide informed consent
  • Email
  • Print
  • Share
  • Text
Highlight Glossary Terms