The ECLIPSE Study: Efficacy of Cryoablation on Metastatic Lung Tumors With a 5-Year Follow-Up

Thierry de Baère, David Woodrum, Lambros Tselikas, Fereidoun Abtin, Peter Littrup, Frederic Deschamps, Robert Suh, Hussein D. Aoun, Matthew Callstrom

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Introduction: The ECLIPSE study aimed to evaluate the feasibility and efficacy of cryoablation (CA) for local tumor control in patients with pulmonary metastatic disease in 5 years of follow-up. Methods: ECLIPSE was a prospective, multicenter, single-arm study that included patients treated with CA if they had one to five metastatic lung tumors, each with a diameter of less than or equal to 3.5 cm. Patients were followed up in the course of 5 years. The primary end point was local tumor control, both per tumor and per patient; secondary end points included cancer-specific survival, overall survival, and quality of life (QoL). QoL was evaluated using the Karnofsky Performance Score, the Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group performance score, and the Short Form-12 health survey. Results: The study included 40 patients across four sites (three in United States and one in Europe). A total of 60 metastatic pulmonary tumors were treated with 48 CA procedures. Overall local tumor control rates were 87.9% (29 of 33) and 79.2% (19 of 24) per tumor, 83.3% (20 of 24) and 75.0% (15 of 20) per patient, at 3 and 5 years, respectively. A total of five treated patients had local progression throughout the duration of the study. Disease-specific survival rate was 74.8% at 3 years and 55.3% at 5 years, whereas overall survival at 3 and 5 years was 63.2% and 46.7%, respectively. Patient QoL scores did not reach statistical significance. Conclusions: CA is an effective means of long-term local tumor control in patients with metastatic pulmonary tumors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1840-1849
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Thoracic Oncology
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 2021


  • Cryoablation
  • Lung metastasis
  • Percutaneous ablation
  • Tumor control

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine


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