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Loma Linda, California 92354


This study is designed to evaluate the possible benefits and side effects of the use of proton therapy for patients with hepatocellular carcinoma.

Study summary:

Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is a type of primary cancer of the liver that is being diagnosed in the U.S. population with increasing frequency. While surgery is the first line of treatment, many patients are not eligible for surgical removal. Current non-surgical treatments for HCC are not fully effective and can have substantial side-effects. This study utilizes a type of radiation treatment called proton beam that can deliver high doses of radiotherapy to tumors within the liver while minimizing damage to surrounding healthy tissues. The treatment is non-invasive and is given on an out-patient basis over a three week coarse. The study will evaluate the effectiveness and side-effects of this therapy by tracking patient's outcomes following treatment.


Inclusion Criteria: - Diagnosis of hepatocellular carcinoma - Adult patients aged 18 years old and above - Ability to give informed consent for study - Compensated liver disease Exclusion Criteria: - Pediatric patients (aged less than 18 years old) - Decompensated or advanced liver disease - Poorly controlled ascites - Variceal hemorrhage within the previous 30 days - Recurrent hepatic encephalopathy - Cirrhosis with CTP* score >10 - Active alcohol or drug abuse - Anticipated survival of less than 30 days - Advanced co-morbid medical illnesses - Karnofsky Performance Score <60 Tumor characteristics: - Any tumor that can not be safely and effectively irradiated due to inability to deliver target treatment dose to required treatment volume or due to prohibitively high risk of anticipated toxicities to normal liver or nearby bowel, stomach, kidney or spinal cord.



Primary Contact:

Principal Investigator
David A Bush, MD
Loma Linda University Dept. of Radiation Medicine

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Location Contact:

Loma Linda, California 92354
United States

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Site Status: N/A

Data Source: ClinicalTrials.gov

Date Processed: March 16, 2018

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