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Docetaxel in Head and Neck Cancer

This study has been completed.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Sanofi Identifier:
First received: December 2, 2005
Last updated: May 10, 2012
Last verified: May 2012

Primary Objective:

  • Phase II: To determine the best treatment scheme (TPF vs. PF).
  • Phase III: To compare the time to progression and the treatment failure at the 3 arms.

Secondary objectives:

  • To evaluate the safety at the 3 arms.
  • To compare the progression , overall survival and locoregional control at the 3 arms.

Condition Intervention Phase
Head and Neck Neoplasms Drug: Docetaxel, Cisplatin, 5-fluorouracil (5-FU), radiotherapy Drug: Cisplatin, 5-fluorouracil (5-FU), radiotherapy Other: Cisplatin + radiotherapy Phase 2 Phase 3

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Randomized Phase III Trial Comparing Induction Chemotherapy With Cisplatin/5-fluorouracil (PF) or Docetaxel/Cisplatin/5-fluorouracil (TPF) Plus Chemoradiotherapy (CRT) Versus CRT Alone as First-line Treatment or Unresectable Locally Advanced Head and Neck Cancer (LAHNC).

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Further study details as provided by Sanofi:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Phase II: Clinical objective response rate, at the end of inducted chemotherapy (groups A and B) and at the end of combined treatment (groups A, B and C). [ Time Frame: 16 weeks ]
  • Phase III: Surveillance with no progression after two years. [ Time Frame: 2 years ]

Enrollment: 439
Study Start Date: December 2002
Study Completion Date: July 2010
Primary Completion Date: July 2010 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: 1
(Docetaxel + Cisplatin + 5-FU) + Cisplatin + Radiotherapy
Drug: Docetaxel, Cisplatin, 5-fluorouracil (5-FU), radiotherapy
Docetaxel 75 mg/m2, Day 1 of the cycle + Cisplatin 75 mg/m2 Day 1 + 5-FU 750 mg/m2/day in 24-h continuous infusion for 5 days. 3 cycles will be administered, every 21 days, before the local-regional treatment (same as control group)
Experimental: 2
(Cisplatin + 5-FU) + Cisplatin + Radiotherapy
Drug: Cisplatin, 5-fluorouracil (5-FU), radiotherapy
Cisplatin 100 mg/m2 Day 1, 5-FU 1000 mg/m2/day in 24-h continuous infusion for 5 consecutive days. 3 cycles will be administered every 21 days, before the local-regional treatment (same as control group)
Experimental: 3
Cisplatin + Radiotherapy
Other: Cisplatin + radiotherapy
Cisplatin 100 mg/m2 on days 1, 22 and 43 simultaneously with radiotherapy (2 Gy x 1/day, 5 days per week for 7 weeks-tumor- and 2 Gy x 1/day, 5 days per week for 6 weeks- lymph nodes)


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

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Head and Neck cancer locally advanced (oral cavity, oropharynx, hypopharynx or larynx) but without evident metastasis.
  • Inoperable tumor after revision by a multidisciplinary oncology team.
  • Proved epidermoid carcinoma.
  • ECOG = 0-1
  • Good hematologic function (i.e, hemoglobin > 10 g/dl, ...)
  • Good hepatologic function
  • Good renal function

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Pregnant or breast-feeding women. Potential child-bearing women should use an effective conceptive method and should have a negative pregnancy test at least the week before entering the study.
  • Nasopharynx, nasal cavity and paranasal sinusitis will be excluded
  • Previous chemotherapeutic or radiotherapeutic treatment for this disease.
  • Previous or current neoplasms in other locations, except in situ cervicouterine cancer properly treated or basal cell or squamous cell carcinoma
  • Symptomatic peripheral neuropathy
  • Other clinical severe diseases
  • Concomitant treatment with corticoids within 6 months prior to inclusion.
  • Concomitant treatment with any other neoplastic therapy
  • Previous treatment for current disease.
  • Loss of weight greater than 10% within the last 3 months.

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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00261703

Porto Salvo, Portugal
Barcelona, Spain
Sponsors and Collaborators
Study Director: JOSÉ Mª TABOADA Sanofi
  More Information

Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number):
Responsible Party: Sanofi Identifier: NCT00261703     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: XRP6976F_2503
Study First Received: December 2, 2005
Last Updated: May 10, 2012

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Head and Neck Neoplasms
Neoplasms by Site
Antineoplastic Agents
Tubulin Modulators
Antimitotic Agents
Mitosis Modulators
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Antimetabolites, Antineoplastic
Immunosuppressive Agents
Immunologic Factors
Physiological Effects of Drugs processed this record on June 23, 2017