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Alliance A071401 – Temporarily Closed

This phase II trial studies how well vismodegib and focal adhesion kinase (FAK) inhibitor GSK2256098 work in treating patients with meningioma that is growing, spreading, or getting worse. Vismodegib and FAK inhibitor GSK2256098 may stop the growth of tumor cells by blocking some of the enzymes needed for cell growth.

ALLIANCE A071701

This phase II trial studies how well genetic testing works in guiding treatment for patients with solid tumors that have spread to the brain. Several genes have been found to be altered or mutated in brain metastases such as NTRK, ROS1, CDK or PI3K. Medications that target these genes such as abemaciclib, GDC-0084, and entrectinib may stop the growth of tumor cells by blocking some of the enzymes needed for cell growth. Genetic testing may help doctors tailor treatment for each mutation

CCTG CE.7

This phase III trial studies stereotactic radiosurgery to see how well it works compared to hippocampus avoidance whole-brain radiation therapy with memantine in treating patients with 5-15 brain tumors that have spread from other places in the body. Stereotactic radiosurgery is a specialized radiation therapy that delivers a single, high dose of radiation directly to the tumor and may cause less damage to normal tissue. Hippocampus avoidance whole-brain radiation therapy delivers radiation to the entire brain except for the hippocampus. The hippocampus is a brain structure that is important for memory. Hippocampus avoidance during whole-brain radiation therapy decreases the amount of radiation that is delivered to this area. Memantine is often given with whole brain radiation therapy and may decrease the risk of cognitive side effects after radiation therapy to the brain. It is not yet known whether stereotactic radiosurgery or whole-brain radiation therapy works better in treating patients with 5-15 brain metastases.

NRG-BN003

This randomized phase III trial studies how well radiation therapy works compared with observation in treating patients with newly diagnosed grade II meningioma that has been completely removed by surgery. Radiation therapy uses high energy x-rays to kill tumor cells and shrink tumors.