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Proton versus Photon Therapy for Esophageal Cancer - a Trimodality Strategy


Klinische Studie zur Protonentherapie bei Speiseröhrenkrebs

Ziel des EU-finanzierten Projekts PROTECT-trial ist es, die evidenzbasierte Protonentherapie-Behandlung voranzubringen, indem klinische Ergebnisse der Protonentherapie und der konventionellen Strahlentherapie im Rahmen einer randomisierten Studie vergleichend gegenübergestellt werden. An der randomisierten Studie, die sich über drei Jahre erstrecken wird, nehmen 396 Patienten mit Speiseröhrenkrebs, 13 rekrutierende Einheiten und 34 Institutionen aus neun europäischen Ländern teil. Alle beteiligten Protonentherapie-Zentren verfügen über modernste Geräte mit Pencil-Beam-Abtastung und volumetrischer Bildführung. Die Endpunkte werden Daten über Tumorkontrolle, Überlebenschancen, Nebenwirkungen und Gesundheitsökonomie liefern. Die Ergebnisse der Studie werden die trimodale Behandlung nicht nur von Speiseröhrenkrebs, sondern auch von anderen Krebsarten wesentlich beeinflussen.


The aim of PROTECT-trial is to compare the clinical outcome of proton therapy (PT) and conventional radiotherapy in a randomized study and to use the data and experience to advance the field of evidence-based medicine in PT.
A randomized trial with 396 patients is planned involving 13 recruiting units and 34 institutions from nine European countries in an accrual period of three years. All involved PT centers have state-of-the-art equipment, including pencil beam scanning and volumetric image guidance. The endpoints will include side effects, tumor control, survival, and health economics aspects. PROTECT-trial will use experience from the trial, combined with parallel experience from other trial methodologies, to create a consensus model for the selection of patients both for referral for standard PT and for enrollment in clinical trials. This model will be based on esophageal cancer but will have wider implications, which can be used in all European countries and for other cancer types.
PROTECT-trial will result in new evidence for the role of PT in cancer management. PROTECT-trial will advance the quality of care for trimodality management of esophageal cancer. The large trial will provide statistically robust results at a high level of clinical evidence and will allow a successful trial to trigger an international change in clinical practice. If the PROTECT trial is positive, PT will become a standard option for a large patient population. The patients will recover faster from their treatment and live a better life with fewer side effects and more years at work. The results will have high relevance for other cancer types where protons also lower the dose to sensitive normal tissues. Notably, PROTECT-trial will actively engage with patients, providers, payers, and other stakeholders to design and report the study. Finally, PROTECT-trial will contribute with Health Technology Assessment and provide economic evidence of high relevance to reimbursement decisions in Europe.


€ 801 631,25
8000 Aarhus C

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Danmark Midtjylland Østjylland
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
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