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Multicenter study shows Monteris’ NeuroBlate System improves outcome in brain tumor patients

Al's Comment:

This is a relatively new, FDA approved robotic laser surgery. This article mentions the ability to target tumors in very hard to reach areas.

Posted on: 10/01/2015

Multicenter study shows Monteris’ NeuroBlate System improves outcome in brain tumor patients

Published on October 1, 2015 at 5:20 AM · No Comments

Results and case study findings presented at the 2015 Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) Annual Scientific Meeting

Monteris Medical today announced recent data demonstrating that newly diagnosed brain tumor patients undergoing procedures with the NeuroBlate® System, a minimally invasive robotic laser thermotherapy tool, experienced improved outcomes. These findings, along with a separate case study presentation highlighting the first successful ablation of the hippocampus and amygdala using a directional laser, were presented during the 2015 Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) Annual Scientific Meeting in New Orleans.

"To date, limited data have been available on brain tumor patients that received MRI-guided laser ablation," said Alireza Mohammadi, M.D., a neurosurgeon from a prestigious medical center in Ohio. "This multicenter study, which also included cases from Washington University in Saint Louis and Yale-New Haven Hospital, is the largest series of laser ablation for patients with newly diagnosed glioblastoma (GBM) lesions ever conducted and shows that NeuroBlate has an impact on both overall and progression-free survival on patients after surgery. While additional prospective studies are warranted, these preliminary findings are encouraging."

In the first study, a multicenter review, investigators collected data from 22 patients with newly diagnosed GBM tumors who underwent a procedure with the NeuroBlate System and who had not received prior radiation or chemotherapy. Extent of ablation was defined by software as blue (43 degrees centigrade for 10 minutes) or yellow (43 degrees centigrade for two minutes) thermal-damage threshold (TDT)-lines. Volumetric analysis was performed to determine the extent-of-coverage (EOC) by TDT lines. EOC for yellow and blue TDT-lines was 94% and 91% respectively. Median OS and PFS were 14.7 (range 2.7-44.2) and 5.4 months (range 3.4-9.2) respectively. Regression analysis for OS was significant for EOC by yellow and blue TDT-lines (p=0.04 for each), age (p=0.02) and pre-operative Karnofsky Performance Status or KPS (a standardized method of measuring the ability of brain tumor patients to perform ordinary tasks; p=0.04). Additional analysis demonstrated that EOC by blue TDT-line was still significant for OS when compared with age (p=0.007) and had a very good trend (p=0.08) versus KPS. Of note, EOC by yellow TDT-line was the only significant factor for PFS (0.047).

Also, as part of the CNS scientific program, investigators from Vanderbilt University presented a case study highlighting their first successful ablation of the hippocampus and amygdala using the NeuroBlate SideFire™ directional laser.

Commenting on the case, Joseph Neimat, M.D., study author and associate professor of neurological surgery noted:

While brain structures with regular shapes can be readily targeted with laser therapy, complex structures have historically posed a challenge with this modality. A directional laser enabled contouring in the hippocampus and amygdala, regions that would otherwise be difficult to ablate. These findings, while preliminary, help lay the foundation for maximally precise, minimally-invasive lesioning of targets in the brain including tumors, seizure foci and low-flow vascular lesions.

"We are encouraged by the growing body of scientific evidence supporting the use of NeuroBlate as a minimally invasive tool to ablate brain lesions," said John Schellhorn, President and CEO of Monteris Medical. "We are grateful to our clinical collaborators for advancing these studies and presenting their findings at this important scientific forum."


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