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Surgery Plus Radiation Therapy With or Without Chemotherapy in Treating Children With Primitive Neuroectodermal Tumors of the CNS

This study has been completed.
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National Cancer Institute (NCI) Identifier:
First received: November 1, 1999
Last updated: December 3, 2013
Last verified: April 2009

RATIONALE: Drugs used in chemotherapy use different ways to stop tumor cells from dividing so they stop growing or die. Radiation therapy uses high-energy x-rays to damage tumor cells. It is not yet known whether undergoing surgery plus radiation therapy is more effective with or without chemotherapy for primitive neuroectodermal tumors of the CNS.

PURPOSE: Randomized phase III trial to compare the effectiveness of surgery plus radiation therapy with or without chemotherapy in treating patients who have primitive neuroectodermal tumors of the CNS.

Condition Intervention Phase
Brain and Central Nervous System Tumors
Drug: carboplatin
Drug: cyclophosphamide
Drug: etoposide
Drug: vincristine sulfate
Procedure: surgical procedure
Radiation: radiation therapy
Phase 3

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Trial of Chemotherapy Utilizing Carboplatin, Vincristine, Cyclophosphamide and Etoposide for the Treatment of Central Nervous System Primitive Neurectodermal Tumors of Childhood

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Estimated Enrollment: 230
Study Start Date: April 1992
Study Completion Date: April 2003
Detailed Description:

OBJECTIVES: I. Determine whether chemotherapy utilizing carboplatin, vincristine, cyclophosphamide, and etoposide improves the prognosis for children with primitive neuroectodermal tumors of the central nervous system when given after surgery and before radiotherapy. II. Assess prospective factors that may determine ultimate prognosis in this patient population. III. Determine the quality of survival of these patients on both treatment regimens.

OUTLINE: This is a randomized study. Patients undergo surgical removal of the primary tumor. Following surgery, patients are randomized to receive radiotherapy alone (arm I) or chemotherapy followed by radiotherapy (arm II). Arm I: Patients begin receiving radiotherapy as soon as possible after surgery, within 28 days. Radiotherapy is administered 5 times a week for 6 weeks. Arm II: Within 28 days of surgery, patients receive vincristine IV on days 1, 7, 14, 21, 28, 35, 42, 49, 56, and 63. Carboplatin IV is administered over 1 hour on days 1, 2, 42, and 43. Etoposide IV is administered over 1 hour on days 1-3, 21-23, 42-44, and 63-65. Cyclophosphamide IV is administered over 4 hours on days 21 and 63. As soon as possible after chemotherapy, patients receive radiotherapy as in arm I. Quality of life is assessed every 3 months for the first year and annually thereafter. Patients are followed every 6 weeks for the first year, every 3 months for the second year, every 4 months for the third year, and every 6 months thereafter.

PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A total of 230 patients (115 per treatment arm) will be accrued for this study.


Ages Eligible for Study:   3 Years to 16 Years   (Child)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

DISEASE CHARACTERISTICS: Histologically proven primitive neuroectodermal tumors of the central nervous system No metastatic disease within or outside the central nervous system Must have survived 1 week following surgery Postoperative CT scan and myelogram required

PATIENT CHARACTERISTICS: Age: 3 to 16 Performance status: Not specified Life expectancy: Not specified Hematopoietic: No concurrent hematological disorder Hepatic: Not specified Renal: Renal dysfunction allowed Other: No prior history of malignant disease

PRIOR CONCURRENT THERAPY: Biologic therapy: Not specified Chemotherapy: Not specified Endocrine therapy: Not specified Radiotherapy: Not specified Surgery: See Disease Characteristics

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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00003859

United Kingdom
St. James's Hospital
Leeds, England, United Kingdom, LS9 7TF
Sponsors and Collaborators
Societe Internationale d'Oncologie Pediatrique
Study Chair: Linda S. Lashford The Christie NHS Foundation Trust
  More Information

Publications: Identifier: NCT00003859     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: CDR0000067022
Study First Received: November 1, 1999
Last Updated: December 3, 2013

Keywords provided by National Cancer Institute (NCI):
untreated childhood supratentorial primitive neuroectodermal tumor
recurrent childhood supratentorial primitive neuroectodermal tumor

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Nervous System Neoplasms
Central Nervous System Neoplasms
Neuroectodermal Tumors
Neuroectodermal Tumors, Primitive
Neoplasms by Site
Nervous System Diseases
Neoplasms, Germ Cell and Embryonal
Neoplasms by Histologic Type
Neoplasms, Nerve Tissue
Neoplasms, Neuroepithelial
Neoplasms, Glandular and Epithelial
Etoposide phosphate
Immunosuppressive Agents
Immunologic Factors
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Antirheumatic Agents
Antineoplastic Agents, Alkylating
Alkylating Agents
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Antineoplastic Agents
Myeloablative Agonists
Antineoplastic Agents, Phytogenic
Topoisomerase II Inhibitors
Topoisomerase Inhibitors
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