Clinical Trial Comparing Dose-intensified SBRT With Conventional Radiation Therapy for Spinal Metastases (DOSIS RCT)

  • End date
    Jul 22, 2023
  • participants needed
  • sponsor
    University of Zurich
Updated on 23 February 2022


This study will compare pain (primary end-point) and local metastatic tumor control (secondary end-point) after dose-intensified image-guided fractionated stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) for painful mass-type spinal metastases versus conventional radiation therapy.


Rationale: Radiation therapy is an effective palliative treatment for painful spinal metastases. A sub-group of patients with mass-type spinal metastases, a factor associated with poor local metastasis control, require treatment optimization ensuring durable pain control and metastatic tumor control.

Proposed solution: To intensify (escalate) radiation dose using simultaneous integrated boost with image-guided hypofractionated SBRT for painful mass-type spinal metastases in a randomized controlled trial. Two experimental fractionation regimes will be tested in the study depending on presence or absence of epidural involvement. Dose intensification is expected to achieve long-term pain control and long-term palliation as well as long-term local metastatic tumor control without adding toxicity as compared to conventional fractionation regimes with conventional radiation therapy.

The study will be carried out as multinational, multicentre phase II clinical controlled trial enrolling patients with painful mass-type spinal metastases who are eligible for radiation therapy without surgery. This study additionally includes a prospective observational arm for patients not eligible for randomisation who are treated in analogy to arm A of the randomised arm.

Condition Spinal Metastasis
Treatment dose-intensified image-guided SBRT using simultaneous integrated boost, External 3-dimensional conformal radiotherapy (3D-CRT)
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT02800551
SponsorUniversity of Zurich
Last Modified on23 February 2022


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Inclusion Criteria

Established histological diagnosis of a malignant primary or metastatic tumor
Histologically, radiologically or scintigraphically proven spinal metastasis
Pain in the affected spinal region or free of pain under pain medication
Age 18 years old
Karnofsky performance status 60%
Written informed consent

Exclusion Criteria

Modified Bauer Score < 2
No-mass-type metastatic lesion, defined as a 3D space-occupying lesion visible on CT and/or MR
Radiosensitive" histology of the primary tumor, e.g., lymphoma, small-cell lung cancer, multiple myeloma, germ cell tumors
Progressive neurological symptoms/deficit
More than 3 affected vertebrae in one target site
More than 2 treatment sites
Spinal Instability Neoplastic Score (SINS) 13 - 18, i.e., unstable
Unable to tolerate treatment (unable to lie flat and immobilized)
Previous radiotherapy of the region at the level of the affected vertebrae
Previous radionuclide therapy within 30 days before stereotactic body radiation therapy
Previous surgery (stabilization) of the affected vertebrae
Contraindications for MR scanning, e.g., pacemakers
Patients with allergy to contrast agents used in computer tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance (MR) imaging or patients who cannot be premedicated to use contrast agent
Pregnant or lactating women
Women of child bearing potential or sexually active males not willing to use effective contraception while on treatment and 3 months after the end of treatment
Mental conditions rendering the patient unable to understand the nature, scope, and possible consequences of the study
Patient unlikely to comply with protocol, i.e. uncooperative attitude, inability to return for follow-up visits, and unlikely to complete the study
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