This trial is active, not recruiting.

Condition pancreatic cancer
Treatment irreversible electroporation (ire) system
Sponsor National Taiwan University Hospital
Start date November 2012
End date October 2018
Trial size 40 participants
Trial identifier NCT02841436, 201210008DIC


Pancreatic cancers is one the most important malignancies with highest mortality in the world. The prognosis of these patients is very poor. Although some patients with early-diagnosed disease could receive surgical intervention, a majority (70%to 80%) of patients present with locally advanced or metastatic status are inoperable. Patients in this late status usually are recommended to receive palliative bypass operation such as choledochojejunostomy and/or gastrojejunostomy and palliative radiotherapy for the pancreatic cancer. Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) used to be expected an alternative therapy. However, the main drawback of RFA is its side effect to damage adjacent structure such as bile duct, and the tumors located adjacent to vessels could not be ablated well.

United States No locations recruiting
Other countries No locations recruiting

Study Design

Intervention model single group assignment
Primary purpose treatment
Masking no masking
IRE (AngioDynamics, NY) To use 2 to 6 unipolar electrodes in a predetermined grid pattern. 90 pulses of 2,000 - 3,000 V were applied with a pulse generator (AngioDynamics, NY) across the gap between the electrodes for 100 microseconds (0.1 msec) per each ablation.
irreversible electroporation (ire) system

Primary Outcomes

Tumor response
time frame: 1 month after treatment

Secondary Outcomes

Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG) evaluation
time frame: one to two years
Haematology test
time frame: one to two years
Tumor marker measurement
time frame: one to two years
Conduct computed tomography (CT) or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans for tumour response evaluation
time frame: one to two years
Review concomitant medications
time frame: one to two years
Assess for presence of adverse event
time frame: one to two years

Eligibility Criteria

All participants from 20 years up to 75 years old.

Inclusion Criteria: Patients must meet all of the following inclusion criteria to be eligible for this study: 1. Locally advanced pancreatic cancer is defined as per the 7th edition of the American Joint Committee on Cancer (AJCC) staging system for pancreatic cancer -described as arterial encasement of either the celiac axis or superior mesenteric artery or both. 2. Biliary tract or intestine is compromised by tumor, palliative bypass operation (hepaticojejunostomy and/or gastrojejunostomy) is considered to be performed. 3. Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG) score of 0-1, 4. American Society of Anaesthesiologists (ASA) score ≤ 3, 5. Adequate bone marrow, liver and renal function. Platelet count ≥ 100 K/Μl. Total bilirubin ≦ 5 mg/dL. alanine transaminase (ALT) and aspartate transaminase (AST) < 5 x upper limit of normal. prothrombin time (PT)- international normalized ratio (INR) ≦ 2.0 (5). Serum creatinine ≦ 1.5 x upper limit of normal 6. Prior Informed Consent Form 7. Life expectancy of at least 3 months. Exclusion Criteria: Patients presenting with any of the following will not be enrolled into this study: 1. History of cardiac disease: 2. Congestive heart failure >New York Heart Association (NYHA) class 2 3. Active coronary artery disease (CAD) (myocardial infarction more than 6 months prior to study entry is allowed) 4. Cardiac arrhythmias (>Grade 2 NCI-CTCAE Version 3.0) which are poorly controlled with anti-arrhythmic therapy or requiring pace maker 5. Uncontrolled hypertension 6. Any active metal implanted device (eg Pacemaker), 7. Women who are pregnant or women of child-bearing potential who are not using an acceptable method of contraception, 8. Received treatment with an investigational agent/ procedure within 30 days prior to treatment with the IRE System, 9. Known history of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection 10. Patients with resectable lesions.

Additional Information

Official title A Clinical Research About Using Irreversible Electroporation to Treat Locally Advanced Pancreatic Cancer
Principal investigator Kai-Wen Huang, PhD
Description Irreversible electroporation (IRE), developed and manufactured by AngioDynamics US Ltd, can ablate tumor by fenestrating the cancer cell membrane by electric pulse. The anti-tumor effect does not result from thermotherapy, so is also not diminished by adjacent vessels. Several pre-clinical and clinical studies have already demonstrated IRE is a safe and effective treatment, and the adjacent tissue such as vessels and ductal structures will be spared. Recently, IRE had been used to treat pancreatic cancer successfully, and the safety is satisfactory. The system has been approved as safe by the European Union (EU) in 2008 and received Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval in 2010. However, there are still few experiences in using IRE for tumor ablation in Taiwan. In this study, the investigators will perform IRE for inoperable patients with locally advanced pancreatic cancers. They will receive IRE during the operation of palliative bypass operation including choledochojejunostomy and/or gastrojejunostomy. The investigators will evaluate the potential side effect and ablate effect of tumors, and also follow-up the patients for 2 years to evaluate the overall survival. The investigators will appraisal the clinical feasibility and advantage of the system by this study.
Trial information was received from ClinicalTrials.gov and was last updated in February 2017.
Information provided to ClinicalTrials.gov by National Taiwan University Hospital.