Intravitreal Ranibizumab for the Prevention of Radiation Maculopathy Following Plaque Radiotherapy


Uveal Melanoma is the most common primary intraocular malignancy in adulthood. Eye preserving treatments can deliver equivalent life prognosis in the management of small and medium sized uveal melanomas, as compared to enucleation. Plaque radiotherapy has emerged as the most common eye-preserving treatment in the current management of uveal melanoma, but is complicated by visual loss in approximately 70% of patients at 10 years follow-up. Strategies for the prevention and early treatment of radiation retinopathy/maculopathy need to be developed to improve visual outcomes following plaque treatment. Ranibizumab (Lucentis) is the antigen binding fragment of a recombinant, humanized monoclonal antibody, which inhibits the activity of vascular endothelial growth factor A, a mediator in the development of choroidal neovascularization. Lucentis is commonly used in the eye for eye conditions such as age related macular degeneration. This study will investigate the possible benefit of Anti-VEGF therapy (Lucentis) in reducing the incidence of radiation complications following plaque radiation for uveal melanoma.

Full Title of Study: “A Randomized Control Trial of Intravitreal Ranibizumab (Lucentis) for the Prevention of Radiation Maculopathy Following Plaque Radiotherapy for Choroidal Melanoma”

Study Type

  • Study Type: Interventional
  • Study Design
    • Allocation: Randomized
    • Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
    • Primary Purpose: Prevention
    • Masking: None (Open Label)


  • Drug: Ranibizumab
    • Intravitreal Ranibizumab 0.5mg at the time of radioactive plaque insertion

Clinical Trial Outcome Measures

Primary Measures

  • Presence or absence of optical coherence (OCT) evidence of macular edema.
    • Time Frame: 4 months

Secondary Measures

  • Grade of macular edema on OCT, visual acuity (LogMAR), and foveal thickness measurement on OCT at follow-up.
    • Time Frame: 4 months

Participating in This Clinical Trial

Inclusion Criteria

  • Age >18 years
  • new diagnosis of choroidal melanoma
  • scheduled for plaque radiotherapy at Wills Eye Health System

Exclusion Criteria

  • Pre-existing retinal disorders (i.e. age-related macular degeneration, diabetic maculopathy, retinal vascular occlusion, macular hole, surface wrinkling retinopathy)
  • prior retinal detachment
  • media opacities precluding accurate OCT imaging
  • history of glaucoma
  • pregnancy
  • age <18 years.

Gender Eligibility: All

Minimum Age: 18 Years

Maximum Age: N/A

Are Healthy Volunteers Accepted: No

Investigator Details

  • Lead Sponsor
    • Shields, Shields and Associates
  • Overall Official(s)
    • Carol L Shields, MD, Principal Investigator, Wills Eye Institute

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