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Lung Cancer clinical trials at UC Davis
27 research studies open to eligible people

  • A Study of an Experimental Combination of Injections and Radiation Therapy for Advanced Stage Solid Tumors

    “This study is being done to test a new therapy for advanced stage solid tumor cancers involving a combination of radiation and injections.”

    open to eligible people ages 18 years and up

    This is a phase I/II study that will evaluate the safety and toxicity of this combinatorial approach. Eligible patients >18 years of age with histologically proven metastatic NSCLC, melanoma, RCC, or HNSCC who have failed PD-1 / PD-L1 checkpoint blockade therapy will be enrolled. Patients must have a candidate treatment lesion (subcutaneous, nodal, or visceral) accessible and safe for radiotherapy and serial intralesional injections as specified by the protocol. They must also have at least one target lesion (distinct from treatment lesion and outside of treatment lesion radiation field) evaluable for response by RECIST. This study will consist of a phase I dose escalation using a standard 3+3 design to determine safety and MTD of intralesional IL-2 which will be dose escalated in conjunction with standard fixed doses of RT and Pembrolizumab. At the MTD there will be a phase II dose expansion which will incorporate a simon-two stage design to assess efficacy and safety. Patients will receive pembrolizumab and intralesional IL-2 in combination with hypofractionated radiotherapy.

    Sacramento, California and other locations

  • A Study of Chemotherapy with Experimental Crizotinib vs. Placebo For Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer After Surgery

    “Can targeted chemotherapy with Crizotinib, stop the growth of tumor cells by blocking the a protein from working?”

    open to eligible people ages 18 years and up

    This randomized phase III trial studies how well crizotinib works in treating patients with stage IB-IIIA non-small cell lung cancer that has been removed by surgery and has a mutation in a protein called anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK). Mutations, or changes, in ALK can make it very active and important for tumor cell growth and progression. Crizotinib may stop the growth of tumor cells by blocking the ALK protein from working. Crizotinib may be an effective treatment for patients with non-small cell lung cancer and an ALK fusion mutation.

    Sacramento, California and other locations

  • A Study of Experimental Combination Therapy with Pembrolizumab (MK-3475) for Advanced Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer

    open to eligible people ages 18 years and up

    This study will investigate the utility of biomarker-based triage for study participants with advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) without prior systemic therapy. Study participants within groups defined by a biomarker-based classifier (gene expression profile [GEP] and tumor mutational burden [TMB]) will be randomized to receive pembrolizumab in combination with MK-1308, MK-4280, or lenvatinib. The primary hypotheses are as follows: In participants receiving pembrolizumab in combination with either MK-1308, MK-4280, or lenvatinib, the Objective Response Rate (ORR) will be 1) greater than 5% among participants with low GEP and low TMB, 2) greater than 20% among participants with low GEP and high TMB, 3) greater than 20% among participants with high GEP and low TMB, and 4) greater than 45% among participants with high GEP and high TMB.

    Sacramento, California and other locations

  • A Study of Experimental Immunotherapy With Autologous (your own) T-cells for Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer

    open to eligible people ages 18 years and up

    Adoptive T-cell therapy (ACT) is a therapeutic approach that uses T lymphocytes of subjects with cancer, obtained by leukapheresis with the aim of generating an anti-tumor T-cell immune response. NY-ESO-1 and LAGE-1a antigens are tumor-associated proteins that have been found in several tumor types. Clinical trials using ACT with T-cells directed against NY-ESO-1/LAGE-1a have shown objective responses in subjects with cancer. Pembrolizumab is a monoclonal antibody that acts specifically on tumor targeting T-cells and increases T-cell anti-tumor function. Pembrolizumab will be used in combination with NY-ESO-1/LAGE-1a TCR engineered subject T-cells (GSK3377794) to potentially further improve therapy for subjects. The primary objective of the study is to evaluate the safety and tolerability of autologous genetically modified T-cells (GSK3377794) in human leukocyte antigen (HLA) positive plus NY-ES0-1/ LAGE-1 positive subjects alone or in combination with pembrolizumab. This study consists of screening phase, Leukapheresis/ GSK3377794 manufacture, lymphodepletion/treatment phase and follow-up. Subjects will receive GSK3377794 as monotherapy (Arm A) or as a combination therapy with pembrolizumab (Arm B), subjects in Arm C will receive the same treatment as subjects in the Arm B. Approximately 45 subjects will be enrolled into the study.

    Sacramento, California and other locations

  • A Study of Experimental Medicine Atezolizumab for Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer

    open to eligible people ages 18 years and up

    This is a randomized, double-blinded study designed to evaluate the efficacy, safety, pharmacokinetics, and immunogenicity of neoadjuvant treatment with atezolizumab (MPDL3280A) or placebo in combination with platinum-based chemotherapy in patients with resectable Stage II, IIIA, or select IIIB non−small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) followed by open-label adjuvant atezolizumab or best supportive care and monitoring.

    Sacramento, California and other locations

  • A Study of Experimental Osimertinib for Stage I-IIIA EGFR-mutant Non-small Cell Lung Cancer Before Surgery

    open to eligible people ages 18 years and up

    This phase II trial studies how well osimertinib works in treating participants with stage I-IIIA Epithelial Growth Factor Receptor (EGFR) -mutant non-small cell lung cancer before surgery. Osimertinib may stop the growth of tumor cells by blocking mutant EGFR signaling in cancer cells.

    San Francisco, California and other locations

  • A Study of Experimental Therapy With Nivolumab For Advanced Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer and Pre-existing Autoimmune Disease

    open to eligible people ages 18 years and up

    The purpose of this study is to explore the safety, tolerability and activity of Nivolumab, a PD-1 inhibitor, in cohorts of patients with autoimmune disease. Two cohorts of patients will be enrolled, based on autoimmune disease type. Patients will be screened within 28 days prior to the start of dosing. Eligible patients will be enrolled in either of the two cohorts. Patients will receive treatment every two weeks, in an outpatient setting. One cycle is a 28-day period, with Nivolumab given on days 1 and 15 of a 28-day cycle. Subjects will be permitted to continue treatment beyond initial RECIST 1.1.

    Saint Louis Park, Minnesota and other locations

  • A Study of Immunotherapy Treatment After Surgery and Chemotherapy for Lung Cancer

    “Can immunotherapy help treat lung cancer after surgery and chemotherapy?”

    open to eligible people ages 18 years and up

    This phase III ALCHEMIST trial studies how well nivolumab after surgery and chemotherapy work in treating patients with stage IB-IIIA non-small cell lung cancer. Immunotherapy with monoclonal antibodies, such as nivolumab, may help the body's immune system attack the cancer, and may interfere with the ability of tumor cells to grow and spread.

    Sacramento, California and other locations

  • A Study of the Experimental Medicine Rucaparib for Recurrent Non-small Cell Lung Cancer

    open to all eligible people

    This phase II Lung-MAP trial studies how well rucaparib works in treating patients with genomic loss of heterozygosity (LOH) high and/or deleterious BRCA1/2 mutation stage IV non-small cell lung cancer or that has come back. Rucaparib may stop the growth of tumor cells by blocking some of the enzymes needed for cell growth.

    Sacramento, California and other locations

  • A Study of the Safety and Effectiveness of the Experimental Medicine Tisotumab Vedotin for Solid Tumors

    open to eligible people ages 18 years and up

    This trial will study tisotumab vedotin to find out whether it is an effective treatment for certain solid tumors and what side effects (unwanted effects) may occur. There are two parts to this study. In Part A, the treatment will be given to participants every 3 weeks (3-week cycles). In Part B, participants will receive tisotumab vedotin on Days 1, 8, and 15 every 4-week cycle.

    Sacramento, California and other locations

  • Combination Immuno and Radiotherapy for Non Small Cell Lung Cancer

    “Cancer treatment combining immune system therapy and radiation therapy - for patients with Non Small Cell Lung Cancer.”

    open to eligible people ages 18 years and up

    This is a pilot, single center, open-label study to examine the ORR, safety, and toxicity of avelumab in combination with SAR in non-responding and progressing NSCLC patients previously treated with a PD-1 Inhibitor.

    Sacramento, California

  • EGFR Inhibitor AZD9291 (Osimertinib) and Monoclonal antibodies (Necitumumab) side effects and best dosing for Lung Cancer

    “This study looks at experimental immunotherapy combination: necitumumab and osimertinib in treating Stage IV or Recurrent lung cancer”

    open to eligible people ages 18 years and up

    This phase I trial studies the side effects and best dose of necitumumab when given together with osimertinib in treating patients with EGFR-mutant non-small cell lung cancer that is stage IV or has come back (recurrent) and who have progressed on a previous EGFR tyrosine kinase inhibitor. Immunotherapy with monoclonal antibodies, such as necitumumab, may induce changes in body's immune system and may interfere with the ability of tumor cells to grow and spread. Osimertinib may stop the growth of tumor cells by blocking some of the enzymes needed for cell growth. Giving necitumumab with osimertinib may be a better treatment for EGFR-mutant non-small cell lung cancer.

    Sacramento, California and other locations

  • Experimental Antibody Pembrolizumab (MK-3475) in Combination With Standard of Care Therapy for Head and Neck Cancer

    “This research will study an experimental drug that weakens cancer cells. The immune system can then destroy those cancer cells.”

    open to eligible people ages 18 years and up

    This trial will evaluate the safety and efficacy of pembrolizumab (MK-3475) in combination with platinum doublet neoadjuvant chemotherapy (NAC) before surgery [neoadjuvant phase], followed by pembrolizumab alone after surgery [adjuvant phase] in participants with resectable stage II, IIIA, and resectable IIIB (T3-4N2) non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). The primary hypotheses of this study are that neoadjuvant pembrolizumab (vs. placebo) in combination with NAC, followed by surgery and adjuvant pembrolizumab (vs. placebo) will improve: 1) event free survival (EFS) by biopsy assessed by blinded central pathologist or by imaging using Response Evaluation Criteria in Solid Tumors Version 1.1 (RECIST 1.1) assessed by blinded independent central review (BICR); and 2) overall survival (OS).

    Santa Rosa, California and other locations

  • Experimental Combination of Afatinib With Pembrolizumab (two cancer drugs) for Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Lung

    “An experimental drug combination treatment for Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer.”

    open to eligible people ages 18 years and up

    The main objective is to assess the efficacy of afatinib in combination with pembrolizumab, as measured by objective response (OR) in patients with locally advanced or metastatic squamous NSCLC who progressed during or after first line platinum-based treatment. The secondary objectives are to confirm the RP2D, assess the safety profile, and the secondary measures of clinical efficacy including disease control (DC), duration of objective response (DoR), progression-free survival (PFS), overall survival (OS), and tumour shrinkage.

    Lexington, Kentucky and other locations

  • Experimental medicine and whole brain radiation therapy to treat patients with brain metastases from non-small cell lung cancer

    “Study looking at radiation therapy and experimental medicine, VX-970 for treatment of lung cancer with metastases to brain”

    open to eligible people ages 18 years and up

    This phase I trial studies the side effects and best dose of ATR kinase inhibitor M6620 (VX-970) when given together with whole brain radiation therapy in treating patients with non-small cell lung cancer, small cell lung cancer, or neuroendocrine tumors that have spread from the original (primary) tumor to the brain. ATR kinase inhibitor M6620 may stop the growth of tumor cells by blocking some of the enzymes needed for cell growth. Radiation therapy uses high energy x-rays to kill tumor cells and shrink tumors. Giving ATR kinase inhibitor M6620 together with radiation therapy may be a better treatment for non-small cell lung cancer, small cell lung cancer, or neuroendocrine tumors.

    Sacramento, California and other locations

  • Experimental medicine in Treating Patients With HIV-Associated Hodgkin Lymphoma

    open to eligible people ages 18 years and up

    This phase I trial studies the side effects and best dose of nivolumab when given with ipilimumab in treating patients with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) associated classical Hodgkin lymphoma that has returned after a period of improvement or does not respond to treatment, or solid tumors that have spread to other places in the body or cannot be removed by surgery. Immunotherapy with monoclonal antibodies, such as ipilimumab and nivolumab, may help the body's immune system attack the cancer, and may interfere with the ability of tumor cells to grow and spread. Ipilimumab is an antibody that acts against a molecule called cytotoxic T-lymphocyte antigen 4 (CTLA-4). CTLA-4 controls a part of your immune system by shutting it down. Nivolumab is a type of antibody that is specific for human programmed cell death 1 (PD-1), a protein that is responsible for destruction of immune cells. Giving ipilimumab with nivolumab may work better in treating patients with HIV associated classical Hodgkin lymphoma or solid tumors compared to ipilimumab with nivolumab alone.

    Sacramento, California and other locations

  • Experimental Pembrolizumab Alone or Combined With Pemetrexed and Carboplatin For Advanced Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC)

    open to eligible people ages 18 years and up

    This phase III trial studies whether pembrolizumab alone as a first-line treatment, followed by pemetrexed and carboplatin with or without pembrolizumab after disease progression is superior to induction with pembrolizumab, pemetrexed and carboplatin followed by pembrolizumab and pemetrexed maintenance in treating patients with stage IV non-squamous non-small cell lung cancer. Immunotherapy with monoclonal antibodies, such as pembrolizumab, may help the body's immune system attack the cancer, and may interfere with the ability of tumor cells to grow and spread. Drugs used in chemotherapy, such as pemetrexed and carboplatin, work in different ways to stop the growth of tumor cells, either by killing the cells, by stopping them from dividing, or by stopping them from spreading. It is not yet known whether giving first-line pembrolizumab followed by pemetrexed and carboplatin with or without pembrolizumab works better in treating patients with non-squamous non-small cell cancer.

    Sacramento, California and other locations

  • Experimental Radiotracer Imaging Study for Cancer Patients

    open to eligible people ages 18 years and up

    This clinical trial studies the side effects of 18F-alphavbeta6-binding-peptide and how well it works in imaging patients with primary or cancer that has spread to the breast, colorectal, lung, or pancreatic. Radiotracers, such as 18F-alphavbeta6-binding-peptide, may improve the ability to locate cancer in the body.

    Sacramento, California

  • Experimental treatment combination, immunotherapy, (pembrolizumab), and targeted chemotherapy, (trametinib) for lung cancer

    “Help us evaluate the effects of the combination of immunotherapy and targeted chemotherapy on non-small cell lung cancer”

    open to eligible people ages 18 years and up

    This phase Ib trial studies the side effects of pembrolizumab and trametinib in treating patients with non-small cell lung cancer and KRAS gene mutations that has spread to other places in the body. Monoclonal antibodies, such as pembrolizumab, may interfere with the ability of tumor cells to grow and spread. Trametinib may stop the growth of tumor cells by blocking some of the enzymes needed for cell growth. Giving pembrolizumab and trametinib may work better in treating patients with non-small cell lung cancer.

    Sacramento, California

  • Genetic Testing in Patients with Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Before or After Surgery

    “Studying the genes in a patient's tumor cells may help determine the best treatment for patients with certain genetic changes.”

    open to eligible people ages 18 years and up

    This phase III ALCHEMIST trial studies genetic testing in screening patients with stage IB-IIIA non-small cell lung cancer that has been or will be removed by surgery. Studying the genes in a patient's tumor cells may help doctors select the best treatment for patients that have certain genetic changes.

    Sacramento, California and other locations

  • Nivolumab and Ipilimumab in Treating Patients With Rare Tumors

    open to eligible people ages 18 years and up

    This phase II trial studies nivolumab and ipilimumab in treating patients with rare tumors. Immunotherapy with monoclonal antibodies, such as nivolumab and ipilimumab, may help the body's immune system attack the cancer, and may interfere with the ability of tumor cells to grow and spread. This trial enrolls participants for the following cohorts based on condition: 1. Epithelial tumors of nasal cavity, sinuses, nasopharynx: A) Squamous cell carcinoma with variants of nasal cavity, sinuses, and nasopharynx and trachea (excluding laryngeal, nasopharyngeal cancer [NPC], and squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck [SCCHN]) B) Adenocarcinoma and variants of nasal cavity, sinuses, and nasopharynx (closed to accrual 07/27/2018) 2. Epithelial tumors of major salivary glands (closed to accrual 03/20/2018) 3. Salivary gland type tumors of head and neck, lip, esophagus, stomach, trachea and lung, breast and other location (closed to accrual) 4. Undifferentiated carcinoma of gastrointestinal (GI) tract 5. Adenocarcinoma with variants of small intestine (closed to accrual 05/10/2018) 6. Squamous cell carcinoma with variants of GI tract (stomach small intestine, colon, rectum, pancreas) (closed to accrual 10/17/2018) 7. Fibromixoma and low grade mucinous adenocarcinoma (pseudomixoma peritonei) of the appendix and ovary (closed to accrual 03/20/2018) 8. Rare pancreatic tumors including acinar cell carcinoma, mucinous cystadenocarcinoma or serous cystadenocarcinoma. Pancreatic adenocarcinoma is not eligible 9. Intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma (closed to accrual 03/20/2018) 10. Extrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma and bile duct tumors (closed to accrual 03/20/2018) 11. Sarcomatoid carcinoma of lung 12. Bronchoalveolar carcinoma lung. This condition is now also referred to as adenocarcinoma in situ, minimally invasive adenocarcinoma, lepidic predominant adenocarcinoma, or invasive mucinous adenocarcinoma 13. Non-epithelial tumors of the ovary: A) Germ cell tumor of ovary B) Mullerian mixed tumor and adenosarcoma (closed to accrual 03/30/2018) 14. Trophoblastic tumor: A) Choriocarcinoma (closed to accrual 04/15/2019) 15. Transitional cell carcinoma other than that of the renal, pelvis, ureter, or bladder (closed to accrual 04/15/2019) 16. Cell tumor of the testes and extragonadal germ tumors: A) Seminoma and testicular sex cord cancer B) Non seminomatous tumor C) Teratoma with malignant transformation (closed to accrual 3/15/2019) 17. Epithelial tumors of penis - squamous adenocarcinoma cell carcinoma with variants of penis 18. Squamous cell carcinoma variants of the genitourinary (GU) system 19. Spindle cell carcinoma of kidney, pelvis, ureter 20. Adenocarcinoma with variants of GU system (excluding prostate cancer) (closed to accrual 07/27/2018) 21. Odontogenic malignant tumors 22. Pancreatic neuroendocrine tumor (PNET) (formerly named: Endocrine carcinoma of pancreas and digestive tract.) 23. Neuroendocrine carcinoma including carcinoid of the lung (closed to accrual 12/19/2017) 24. Pheochromocytoma, malignant 25. Paraganglioma (closed to accrual 11/29/2018) 26. Carcinomas of pituitary gland, thyroid gland parathyroid gland and adrenal cortex 27. Desmoid tumors 28. Peripheral nerve sheath tumors and NF1-related tumors (closed to accrual 09/19/2018) 29. Malignant giant cell tumors 30. Chordoma (closed to accrual 11/29/2018) 31. Adrenal cortical tumors (closed to accrual 06/27/2018) 32. Tumor of unknown primary (Cancer of Unknown Primary; CuP) (closed to accrual 12/22/2017) 33. Not Otherwise Categorized (NOC) Rare Tumors [To obtain permission to enroll in the NOC cohort, contact: S1609SC@swog.org] (closed to accrual 03/15/2019) 34. Adenoid cystic carcinoma (closed to accrual 02/06/2018) 35. Vulvar cancer 36. MetaPLASTIC carcinoma (of the breast) 37. Gastrointestinal stromal tumor (GIST) (closed to accrual 09/26/2018) 38. Perivascular epithelioid cell tumor (PEComa) 39. Apocrine tumors/extramammary Paget's disease 40. Peritoneal mesothelioma 41. Basal cell carcinoma 42. Clear cell cervical cancer 43. Esthenioneuroblastoma 44. Endometrial carcinosarcoma (malignant mixed Mullerian tumors) (closed to accrual) 45. Clear cell endometrial cancer 46. Clear cell ovarian cancer 47. Gestational trophoblastic disease (GTD) 48. Gallbladder cancer 49. Small cell carcinoma of the ovary, hypercalcemic type 50. PD-L1 amplified tumors 51. Angiosarcoma 52. High-grade neuroendocrine carcinoma (pancreatic neuroendocrine tumor [PNET] should be enrolled in Cohort 22; prostatic neuroendocrine carcinomas should be enrolled into Cohort 53). Small cell lung cancer is not eligible 53. Treatment-emergent small-cell neuroendocrine prostate cancer (t-SCNC)

    Sacramento, California and other locations

  • Study of Experimental Medicine (Poziotinib) in Patients With Non Small Cell Lung Cancer

    “Experimental medicine poziotinib may "target" mutations and stop the growth of this type of cancer”

    open to eligible people ages 18 years and up

    This is a Phase 2, open-label, multicenter study to evaluate the efficacy and the safety/tolerability of poziotinib in four patient cohorts for up to 174 previously treated NSCLC patients with any systemic therapy (Cohort 1: 87 patients with EGFR exon 20 insertion mutations, Cohort 2: 87 patients with HER2 exon 20 insertion mutations), up to 140 treatment-naive NSCLC patients (Cohort 3: 70 patients with EGFR exon 20 insertion mutations, Cohort 4: 70 patients with HER2 exon 20 insertion mutations). For Amendment 2, approximately 180 patients in Cohort 5 (60 patients per dose group), 30 patients in Cohort 6, and 30 patients in Cohort 7 are being added.

    Long Beach, California and other locations

  • Targeted chemotherapy (Ceritinib + Trametinib) in Patients With Advanced ALK-Positive Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC)

    “Can a combination chemotherapy therapy approach disrupt cancer cells growth and survival?”

    open to eligible people ages 18 years and up

    This is a phase I/II study of ceritinib and trametinib in Stage IIIB or IV anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK) rearranged non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). The Phase I portion will investigate the safety and tolerability of the combination of ceritinib and trametinib in ALK or ROS-1 rearranged NSCLC. The Phase II portion will investigate the clinical efficiency of the combination of ceritinib and trametinib in 3 single arm cohorts: ALKi (ALK inhibitor) naïve patients; post-crizotinib progressed disease (PD) patients; and PD second line ALK tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI) patients.

    San Francisco, California

  • Targeted Chemotherapy vs. Placebo For Lung Cancer Completely Removed by Surgery

    “Can targeted chemotherapy (Erlotinib) stop the growth of tumor cells by blocking some of the enzymes needed for cell growth?”

    open to eligible people ages 18 years and up

    This phase III ALCHEMIST trial studies how well erlotinib hydrochloride compared to observation works in treating patients with stage IB-IIIA non-small cell lung cancer that has been completely removed by surgery. Erlotinib hydrochloride may stop the growth of tumor cells by blocking some of the enzymes needed for cell growth.

    Sacramento, California and other locations

  • Targeted therapy directed by genetic testing in treating patients with advanced solid tumors, lymphomas, or multiple myeloma

    “Will identifying genetic abnormalities in tumor cells help doctors plan better, more personalized treatment for cancer patients?”

    open to eligible people ages 18 years and up

    This phase II MATCH trial studies how well treatment that is directed by genetic testing works in patients with solid tumors or lymphomas that have progressed following at least one line of standard treatment or for which no agreed upon treatment approach exists. Genetic tests look at the unique genetic material (genes) of patients' tumor cells. Patients with genetic abnormalities (such as mutations, amplifications, or translocations) may benefit more from treatment which targets their tumor's particular genetic abnormality. Identifying these genetic abnormalities first may help doctors plan better treatment for patients with solid tumors, lymphomas, or multiple myeloma.

    Sacramento, California and other locations

  • The Watch the Spot Trial

    “Help us find the best timing for CT scans to keep an eye on small lung nodules.”

    open to eligible people ages 35 years and up

    This study will compare two clinically accepted protocols for surveillance imaging in individuals who are found to have a small pulmonary nodule on chest computed tomography (CT) scans.

    Pasadena, California

  • Whole-Brain Radiation Therapy With or Without Hippocampal Avoidance in Treating Patients With Limited Stage or Extensive Stage ...

    “Avoiding the hippocampus during whole-brain radiation could decrease the chance of side effects on memory and thinking.”

    open to eligible people ages 18 years and up

    This randomized phase II/III trial studies how well whole-brain radiation therapy works and compares it with or without hippocampal avoidance in treating patients with small cell lung cancer that is found in one lung, the tissues between the lungs, and nearby lymph nodes only (limited stage) or has spread outside of the lung in which it began or to other parts of the body (extensive stage). Radiation therapy uses high energy x-rays to kill tumor cells and shrink tumors. The hippocampus is part of the brain that is important for memory. Avoiding the hippocampus during whole-brain radiation could decrease the chance of side effects on memory and thinking. It is not yet known whether giving whole-brain radiation therapy is more effective with or without hippocampal avoidance in treating patients with small cell lung cancer.

    Sacramento, California and other locations

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