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Paclitaxel in Treating Patients With Recurrent or Refractory Head and Neck Cancer

The recruitment status of this study is unknown. The completion date has passed and the status has not been verified in more than two years.
Verified November 2001 by National Cancer Institute (NCI).
Recruitment status was:  Active, not recruiting
Information provided by:
National Cancer Institute (NCI) Identifier:
First received: November 1, 1999
Last updated: July 23, 2008
Last verified: November 2001

RATIONALE: Drugs used in chemotherapy use different ways to stop tumor cells from dividing so they stop growing or die.

PURPOSE: Phase II trial to study the effectiveness of paclitaxel in treating patients with recurrent or refractory head and neck cancer.

Condition Intervention Phase
Head and Neck Cancer
Drug: paclitaxel
Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Phase II Trial of Paclitaxel (TAXOL) Administered as a Weekly One Hour Infusion in Previously Treated Patients With Advanced Head and Neck Cancer

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Further study details as provided by National Cancer Institute (NCI):

Estimated Enrollment: 60
Study Start Date: September 1997
Detailed Description:

OBJECTIVES: I. Determine the objective response rate of paclitaxel as salvage therapy in patients with recurrent or refractory head and neck cancer. II. Evaluate the safety of paclitaxel in this patient population. III. Assess the overall survival and quality of life in these patients.

OUTLINE: This is an open label, multicenter, nonrandomized study. Patients receive intravenous paclitaxel over 1 hour weekly. Each course consists of four weeks. Patients receive treatment until disease progression or unacceptable toxic effects are observed. Patients are followed every 2 months for the first year, then every 4 months until completion of treatment, and then every 3 months until death. Patients complete a quality of life questionnaire prior to each of the first 6 courses, then every 2 courses thereafter.

PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A total of 60 patients will be accrued for this study.


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

DISEASE CHARACTERISTICS: Histologically proven recurrent or refractory head and neck cancer Measurable or evaluable disease At least one prior chemotherapy regimen for recurrent or metastatic disease

PATIENT CHARACTERISTICS: Age: 18 and over Performance status: ECOG 0-2 Life expectancy: At least 3 months Hematopoietic: Absolute granulocyte count at least 1,500/mm3 Platelet count at least 100,000/mm3 Hepatic: Bilirubin no greater than 2 mg/dL AST or ALT no greater than 2 times upper limit of normal (ULN) Renal: Creatinine no greater than 2 times ULN Calcium within normal limits Cardiovascular: No New York Heart Association class III-IV heart disease No myocardial infarction within 6 months No congestive heart failure No unstable angina No clinically significant pericardial effusions or arrhythmias Neurologic: No peripheral neuropathy greater than grade 1 Other: Not pregnant or nursing Fertile patients must use effective contraceptive method Negative pregnancy test No active infection or serious underlying medical condition No history of hypersensitivity to drugs containing Cremophor (teniposide, cyclosporine, or vitamin K) No prior invasive malignancies within the past 2 years, except: Curatively treated basal or squamous cell carcinoma of the skin Carcinoma in situ of the cervix

PRIOR CONCURRENT THERAPY: Biologic therapy: At least 3 weeks since prior immunotherapy No concurrent immunotherapy Chemotherapy: See Disease Characteristics At least 5 weeks since prior nitrosoureas, melphalan, or mitomycin At least 3 weeks since other prior chemotherapy Prior taxane therapy allowed only if administered on a 3 week or greater schedule No concurrent chemotherapy Endocrine therapy: At least 3 weeks since prior hormonal therapy Concurrent megestrol (Megace) allowed No other concurrent hormonal therapy Radiotherapy: At least 3 weeks since prior radiotherapy No prior radiotherapy to greater than 30% of bone marrow No concurrent radiotherapy Surgery: At least 3 weeks since major surgery Other: At least 1 week since prior parenteral antibiotics

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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00003327

United States, California
California Cancer Center
Fresno, California, United States, 93720
Loma Linda University Medical Center
Loma Linda, California, United States, 92354
United States, Florida
Memorial Regional Cancer Center at Memorial Regional Hospital
Hollywood, Florida, United States, 33021
Sylvester Cancer Center, University of Miami
Miami, Florida, United States, 33136
United States, Georgia
Savannah Hematology Oncology Associates
Savannah, Georgia, United States, 31405
United States, Illinois
Decatur Memorial Hospital Cancer Care Institute
Decatur, Illinois, United States, 62526
United States, Louisiana
Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center
Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States, 70809
United States, Maine
Maine Center for Cancer Medicine and Blood Disorders
Scarborough, Maine, United States, 04074
United States, Maryland
Johns Hopkins Oncology Center
Baltimore, Maryland, United States, 21231-2410
United States, Missouri
Kansas City Internal Medicine
Kansas City, Missouri, United States, 64132
United States, New York
Lourdes Regional Cancer Center
Binghamton, New York, United States, 13905
Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Center of New York
New York, New York, United States, 10011
United States, North Carolina
Presbyterian Healthcare
Charlotte, North Carolina, United States, 28233-3549
United States, Ohio
Akron City Hospital
Akron, Ohio, United States, 44309
Medical Oncology Hematology Associates, Inc.
Dayton, Ohio, United States, 45409
United States, Pennsylvania
Reading Hospital and Medical Center
Reading, Pennsylvania, United States, 19612-6052
United States, Texas
Joe Arrington Cancer Research and Treatment Center
Lubbock, Texas, United States, 79410-1894
Cancer Care Institute of South Texas
San Antonio, Texas, United States, 78229
United States, Virginia
Danville Hematology and Oncology, Inc.
Danville, Virginia, United States, 24541
United States, Wisconsin
Medical College of Wisconsin
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States, 53226
Sponsors and Collaborators
Study Chair: Arlene A. Forastiere, MD Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center
  More Information Identifier: NCT00003327     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: CDR0000066279
Study First Received: November 1, 1999
Last Updated: July 23, 2008

Keywords provided by National Cancer Institute (NCI):
stage IV nasopharyngeal cancer
recurrent nasopharyngeal cancer
stage IV lip and oral cavity cancer
recurrent lip and oral cavity cancer
stage IV hypopharyngeal cancer
recurrent hypopharyngeal cancer
stage IV laryngeal cancer
recurrent laryngeal cancer
stage IV paranasal sinus and nasal cavity cancer
recurrent paranasal sinus and nasal cavity cancer
stage IV oropharyngeal cancer
recurrent oropharyngeal cancer

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Head and Neck Neoplasms
Neoplasms by Site
Albumin-Bound Paclitaxel
Antineoplastic Agents, Phytogenic
Antineoplastic Agents
Tubulin Modulators
Antimitotic Agents
Mitosis Modulators
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action processed this record on April 27, 2017