Protocol Summary

Protocol No.: OCR41519

Sponsor Protocol No.: 2021-ONC-01; PRESERVE

Protocol Title.: Pivotal Study of the NanoKnife System for the Ablation of Prostate Tissue

Principal Investigator: Brisbane, Wayne

Objective: Pivotal study to evaluate the use of the NanoKnife System as a focal therapy option for prostate cancer patients. This study will assess the safety and effectiveness of the device when used to ablate prostate tissue in intermediate-risk prostate cancer patients.

Phase: N/A

Age Group: Adult

Age: 50 Years - N/A

Gender: Male

Scope: National


Experimental: IRE Treatment Arm
All patients enrolled in this trial will receive IRE treatment with the NanoKnife System

Detailed Eligibility:

Inclusion Criteria: 1. Is greater than 50 years of age 2. Has at least a 10-year life expectancy 3. Has histologically confirmed organ-confined prostate cancer, clinical stage ≤ T2c 4. Has a PSA ≤ 15 ng/mL or PSA density 15 ng/mL 5. Has Gleason score 3+4 or 4+3 6. Has no evidence of extraprostatic extension by mpMRI 7. Has no evidence of seminal vesicle invasion by mpMRI, and if suspected, confirmed by biopsy 8. Physician is able to visualize prostate gland adequately on transrectal ultrasound imaging during enrollment evaluation 9. Transperineal or transrectal targeted prostate biopsies of lesion, plus 10 core systematic biopsies to include adequate sampling of the peripheral zone correlating with an intermediate risk lesion in the area of the MR-visible lesion 10. A visible lesion on mpMRI that is accessible to Irreversible Electroporation (IRE) treatment (Note: A non-MRI visible lesion detected via systematic standard biopsy will not be considered an exclusion criterion provided the non-MRI visible lesion is singularly located in the contralateral hemisphere of the prostate; is Gleason 6; and comprises no more than 6 mm linear extent of prostate-bearing tissue in a single core on standard biopsy) 11. Has signed a written informed consent and in the judgment of the physician, the study is in the best interest of the subject 12. Understands and accepts the obligation and is logistically able to present for all scheduled follow-up visits Exclusion Criteria: 1. Has known hypersensitivity to pancuronium bromide, atricurium or cisatricurium 2. Is unfit for anesthesia or has a contraindication for agents listed for paralysis 3. Has an active urinary tract infection (UTI) 4. Has a history of bladder neck contracture 5. Is interested in future fertility 6. Has a history (within 3 years) of inflammatory bowel disease 7. Has a concurrent major debilitating illness 8. Had active treatment for a malignancy within 3 years, including malignant melanoma, except for prostate cancer or other types of skin cancer 9. Has any active implanted electronic device (e.g., pacemaker) 10. Is unable to catheterize due to a urethral stricture disease 11. Has had prior or current prostate cancer therapies: 1. Biologic therapy for prostate cancer 2. Chemotherapy for prostate cancer 3. Hormonal therapy for prostate cancer within three months of procedure 4. Radiotherapy for prostate cancer 5. Surgery for prostate cancer 12. Has had prior transurethral prostatectomy (TURP), stricture surgery, urethral stent or prostatic implants 13. Has had prior major rectal surgery (except hemorrhoids) 14. Is unfit for pelvic MRI scanning (e.g., severe claustrophobia, permanent cardiac pacemaker, metallic implants that are likely to contribute significant image artifacts, allergy or contraindication to gadolinium (to enhance MRI)) 15. Is actively bleeding, is anticoagulated or on blood thinning medications, or has a bleeding disorder 16. Is a member of a vulnerable population such as prisoners, handicapped or mentally disabled persons, or economically or educationally disadvantaged persons 17. In the opinion of the treating physician, has a contraindication listed in the current NanoKnife System User Manual (section 2.3)

Applicable Conditions:

  • Prostate
  • Participation Institution:

  • No UF Health MRN : Casey Walsh
  • UF Gainesville : Casey Walsh
  • Contact:
    Casey Walsh

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