Safety of Cyberknife in Patients With Borderline Resectable or Locally Advanced Pancreatic Adenocarcinoma


Capital Health System, Inc




Pancreas Adenocarcinoma


Radiation: Cyberknife

Study type


Funder types




Details and patient eligibility


The hypothesize that SBRT will limit or reverse tumor growth and thereby convert the borderline resectable disease or locally advanced disease in to a resectable tumor. Furthermore, we want to assess whether SBRT leads to an improved quality of life compared to IMRT.

Full description

The study is an open-label, longitudinal, prospective randomized, superiority clinical trial. The protocol applies to patients with confirmed diagnosis of pancreatic adenocarcinoma and pancreatic protocol CT scan showing borderline resectable disease or locally advanced disease as per the NCCN guidelines (See addendum, NCCN Guidelines 2021, PANC-3 and PANC-4). All cases will be discussed at the multidisciplinary GI cancer conference (tumor board). Cases will continue to be reviewed at different milestones of their treatment as described below. Patients diagnosed with borderline resectable or locally advanced pancreatic cancer will receive standard of care and neoadjuvant chemotherapy according to NCCN guidelines and protocols followed by radiation therapy. The radiation therapy will start 4 weeks after ending the chemotherapy, thereby creating a wash-out period. At the start of the radiation therapy subjects will be consented and randomized into either receiving the IMRT protocol or the SBRT protocol. Baseline measurements will be collected at the start of the radiation treatment. At the completion of the radiation therapy the subject's progress and condition will be evaluated by the tumor board and a multidisciplinary consensus agreement will be reached to decide the course of further treatment, which could be chemotherapy (if deemed unresectable) or proceed with surgery (if deemed resectable). Irrespective the decision, patients will be asked to return for follow up every 3 months to obtain CT scans, assess quality of life and provide a biological sample (blood) for up to 12 months after the initiation of the radiation therapy.


10 estimated patients




18+ years old


No Healthy Volunteers

Inclusion criteria

  • Able to sign the informed consent and understand the consenting process
  • Completed neoadjuvant chemotherapy regimen
  • Patient is 18 years of age and older
  • Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG) Status of 0-1.
  • Patient has a diagnosis of Stage I to Stage III pancreatic cancer cytologically or pathologically confirmed per American Joint Committee on Cancer (AJCC) staging criteria and NCCN guidelines, based on radiographic imaging or exploratory laparoscopic surgery, low degree of arterial involvement (CA, CHA, SMA) and no aorta involvement.
  • Patients who are deemed eligible for IMRT or SBRT and approved to receive radiation therapy by multidisciplinary tumor board
  • Patient shows no evidence of disease progression to distant metastasis based on NCCN.
  • Negative pregnancy test

Exclusion criteria

  • Pregnant or lactating female patients of reproductive potential who are not willing to employ highly effective birth control from screening to 6 months after the last dose of radiation therapy.
  • Resectable pancreatic cancer (See addendum, NCCN Guidelines 2021, PANC-2)
  • Unresectable pancreatic cancer (See addendum, NCCN Guidelines 2021, PANC-6)
  • Patients who are unable to tolerate general anesthetic with full skeletal muscle blockade.
  • Patients with implanted cardiac pacemakers, defibrillators, electronic devices or implanted devices with metal parts in the thoracic cavity.
  • Life expectancy of < 1 year

Trial design

Primary purpose




Interventional model

Parallel Assignment


None (Open label)

10 participants in 2 patient groups

SBRT (Cyberknife)
Experimental group
5-10 Gy/fraction. Average of 45 minutes every other day for a total of 5 sessions (1.5-2 weeks).
Radiation: Cyberknife
Active Comparator group
1.2-3 Gy/fraction up to 40 fractions. 15 mins daily (M-F) for a total of 28 sessions (5.5 weeks).
Radiation: Cyberknife

Trial contacts and locations



Central trial contact

Shirnett Williamson, MD

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