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Low-Dose Radiation Therapy for the Treatment of Storming Cytokines and Unchecked Edema in Patients with COVID-19 Infection, RESCUE 1-19 Study

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 3, 7, 14, 21, and 28 after last dose of intervention.


  1. Have had a positive test confirming the diagnosis of COVID-19
  2. Have had clinical signs of severe acute respiratory syndrome or pneumonia (dyspnea, cough, with need for oxygen support at the time of enrollment)
  3. Have visible consolidations/ground glass opacities on chest x-ray or computed tomography
  4. Have received pre-intubation respiratory support or undergone endotracheal intubation and have been on ventilator support for no longer than 5 (five) calendar days prior to the schedule date of delivery of low-dose radiation therapy (Cohorts 1 and 2 only)
  5. Willingness and ability of the subject to comply with scheduled visits, protocol-specified laboratory tests, other study procedures, and study restrictions
  6. Evidence of a signed informed consent/assent indicating that the subject is aware of the infectious nature of the disease and has been informed of the procedures to be followed, potential risks and discomforts, potential benefits, and other pertinent aspects of study participation

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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