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The RESCUE 1-19 Trial: Radiation Eliminates Storming Cytokines and Unchecked Edema as a 1-Day Treatment for COVID-19

Temporarily Closed
Cancer Type
Trial Phase
Phase I
Phase II
18 Years and older, Male and Female
Study Type
Protocol IDs
RAD5002-20 (primary)
Study Sponsor
Emory University Hospital / Winship Cancer Institute


This phase I / II trial studies how well low-dose radiation therapy works in treating patients with SARS or pneumonia associated with COVID-19 infection. The purpose of this study is to investigate the use of selectively localized low-dose radiation therapy in reducing pulmonary immuno-toxicity (lung damage) within viral pneumonia infiltrates in critically-ill patients with SARS-COVID-19.


I. To investigate clinical, radiographic, and immune outcomes in critically-ill patients with severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus disease 2019 (SARS-COVID-19) following whole-lung low-dose radiation therapy (LDRT).

Patients undergo 1 fraction of low-dose radiation therapy.

After completion of study treatment, patients are followed up at days 1-7, 14, 21, and 28 after last dose of intervention.

Treatment Sites in Georgia

Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital

5665 Peachtree Dunwoody Road NE
Atlanta, GA 30342

Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University

1365 Clifton Road NE
Building C
Atlanta, GA 30322

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