Last year in the UK over 60,000 cancer patients enrolled on clinical trials aimed at improving cancer treatments and making them available to all.
A study to find out if a special brain MRI scan can predict how well immunotherapy will work for people with melanoma that has spread (BRITEMET)
This study is looking at whether a special MRI scan of your brain can help to predict how well treatment will work.
It is for people with melanoma that has spread to the brain. And who are going to have an
More about this trial
One of the most common places melanoma can spread to is the brain.
Immunotherapy works well for about half of the people whose melanoma has spread to the brain. But immunotherapy can have serious side effects. This can happen even at the correct dose and with careful monitoring.
So researchers are looking for ways to predict who might benefit from immunotherapy before starting treatment. In this study they are using a special
To find this out the team need people with melanoma that has spread to the brain and who are about to start treatment with:
- an immunotherapy or
- a targeted cancer drug
Please note you won’t get any direct benefit from taking part in this study. But in the future doctors could use this information to give more personalised treatment for people with melanoma that has spread.
Who can enter
The following bullet points list the entry conditions for this study. Talk to your doctor or the study team if you are unsure about any of these. They will be able to advise you.
Who can take part
You may be able to join this study if all of the following apply. You:
- have a diagnosis of melanoma spread to the brain
- can have an immunotherapy or another targeted drug
- are at least 16 years old
Who can’t take part
You cannot join this study if any of these apply. You:
- have already had an immunotherapy or another drug that affects the
immune systemapart from steroids
- have had radiotherapy to all of your brain (whole brain radiotherapy) or to all the areas of spread (stereotactic radiotherapy)
- can’t have an MRI scan with a
contrast medium. This might be because your kidneys don’t work well enough, you are allergic to the contrast medium, you can’t be in small spaces (claustrophobic) or you have metal implants in your body.
This is a pilot study. The team need up to 20 people to join.
You have an MRI scan before starting treatment and once during treatment. Each scan takes about 15 minutes.
At the same time as the MRI scan the team take a blood sample.
The researchers will look at your medical records to find out:
- about your clinic visits
- blood results
- other scan results
You have both the MRI scans at The Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust.
How to join a clinical trial
Dr Rasheed Zakaria
Cancer Research UK
Royal College of Surgeons
The Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust
University of Liverpool
The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre NHS Foundation Trust