RICHLAND, Wash., Dec. 21, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- IsoRay, Inc. (NYSE MKT: ISR), a medical technology company and innovator in seed brachytherapy and medical radioisotope applications for the treatment of prostate, brain, lung, head and neck and gynecological cancers, today announced the launch of a pilot study investigating the role of Cesium-131 in the management of recurrent head and neck cancer at the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio. The study has been approved by University Hospitals of Cleveland Institutional Review Board (IRB).
The Case Comprehensive Cancer Center is a National Cancer Institute (NCI) designated Cancer Center and is also part of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN). NCI-designated Cancer Centers are a group of 68 cancer research institutions in the United States supported by the National Cancer Institute and Case Comprehensive is among the 41 designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers. The principal investigator for the study is Chad Zender M.D., an associate professor of otolaryngology at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Among his co-investigators are other head and neck surgeons, radiation oncologists, medical oncologists and statisticians.
This study will evaluate the impact of Cesium-131 therapy on disease control in recurrent head and neck cancers as well as the safety of the approach. The study is expected to begin enrolling 42 patients with recurrent cancers of the head and neck in early 2017. Upon completion of enrollment, the study is expected to last 24 months. According to the American Cancer Society, there are 61,760 head and neck cancer cases expected to be diagnosed in the U.S. in 2016.
These cancers pose a particularly troublesome challenge due to the presence of vital anatomy in the head and neck. If the cancer recurs – which it does 30% - 40% of the time – potentially useful radiation therapy may not be possible due to the previous exposure of the patient's head and neck anatomy to radiation. Brachytherapy with Cesium-131 delivers a compact, highly conformal dose of radiation and is used to treat a variety of human cancers.
"This important study of Cesium-131's effectiveness on recurrent head and neck cancers perfectly lines up with IsoRay's mission to identify challenging problems in radiation oncology and work with innovative clinicians to provide possible solutions," said Thomas LaVoy, Chairman and CEO of IsoRay. "Case Comprehensive Cancer Center is among the leaders in cancer research and we're proud to be working with such a prestigious institution, Dr. Zender and an accomplished slate of investigators."
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IsoRay, Inc., through its subsidiary, IsoRay Medical, Inc. is the sole producer of Cesium-131 brachytherapy seeds, which are expanding brachytherapy options throughout the body. Learn more about this innovative Richland, Washington company and explore the many benefits and uses of Cesium-131 by visiting www.isoray.com. Join us on Facebook/IsoRay. Follow us on Twitter @IsoRay.
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