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Cetuximab in Treating Patients With Persistent or Recurrent Cervical Cancer

This study has been completed.
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Gynecologic Oncology Group Identifier:
First received: July 10, 2007
Last updated: December 29, 2014
Last verified: December 2014
This phase II trial is studying cetuximab to see how well it works in treating patients with persistent or recurrent cervical cancer. Monoclonal antibodies, such as cetuximab, can block tumor growth in different ways. Some block the ability of tumor cells to grow and spread. Others find tumor cells and help kill them or carry tumor-killing substances to them.

Condition Intervention Phase
Cervical Squamous Cell Carcinoma
Recurrent Cervical Carcinoma
Biological: Cetuximab
Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Phase II Evaluation of Cetuximab (Erbitux®, C225, NSC# 714692) in the Treatment of Persistent or Recurrent Squamous or Non-Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Cervix

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Further study details as provided by Gynecologic Oncology Group:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Progression-free Survival Greater Than 6 Months [ Time Frame: At 6 months ]
  • Objective Tumor Response Assessed by Response Evaluation Criteria in Solid Tumors (RECIST) [ Time Frame: every other cycle for the first 6 months; then every 3 months x 2; then every 6 months ]

    Response is measured according to Response Evaluation Criteria in Solid Tumors Criteria (RECIST v 1.0):

    Complete Response (CR) is disappearance of all target and non-target lesions and no evidence of new lesions documented by two disease assessments at least 4 weeks apart.

    Partial Response (PR) is at least a 30% decrease in the sum of longest dimensions (LD) of all target measurable lesions taking as reference the baseline sum of LD.

    Disease Progression is at least a 20% increase in the sum of LD of target lesions taking as references the smallest sum LD or the appearance of new lesions within 8 weeks of study entry.

    Stable Disease is any condition not meeting the above criteria.

    Indeterminate is defined as having no repeat tumor assessments following initiation of study therapy for reasons unrelated to symptoms or signs of disease.

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Duration of Progression-free Survival [ Time Frame: From study entry until disease progression, death or date of last contact, up to 5 years ]
  • Duration of Objective Response Rate [ Time Frame: Up to 5 years ]
  • Frequency and Severity of Adverse Effects as Assessed by Common Terminology Criteria for Adverse Events Version 3.0 [ Time Frame: Up to 5 years ]
  • Duration of Overall Survival [ Time Frame: From study entry to death or the date of last contact, up to 5 years ]

Enrollment: 38
Study Start Date: June 2007
Primary Completion Date: January 2012 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Treatment (cetuximab)
Patients receive cetuximab IV over 120 minutes on day 1.
Biological: Cetuximab
Given IV
Other Names:
  • Chimeric MoAb C225
  • Erbitux
  • IMC-C225

Detailed Description:


I. To assess the activity of cetuximab for patients with persistent or recurrent carcinoma of the cervix.

II. To determine the frequency of patients who survive progression-free for at least 6 months after initiating therapy or have objective tumor response.


I. To characterize the distribution of progression-free survival and overall survival.

II. To determine the effect of cetuximab on the duration of objective response in persistent or recurrent carcinoma of the cervix.

III. To determine the nature and degree of toxicity of cetuximab as assessed by CTCAE v3.0 in this cohort of patients.


Patients receive cetuximab IV over 120 minutes on day 1. Courses repeat once weekly in the absence of disease progression or unacceptable toxicity.

After completion of study therapy, patients are followed (with physical exams and histories) every three months for the first two years and then every six months for the next three years.


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

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Inclusion criteria:

    • Patients must have persistent or recurrent squamous or non-squamous cell carcinoma of the cervix with documented disease progression (disease not amenable to curative therapy)

      • Histologic documentation of the original primary tumor is required via the pathology report
    • All patients must have measurable disease defined as at least one lesion that can be accurately measured in at least one dimension (longest dimension to be recorded)

      • Each lesion must be ≥ 20 mm when measured by conventional techniques, including palpation, plain x-ray, CT scan, and MRI, OR ≥ 10 mm when measured by spiral CT scan
    • Patients must have at least one target lesion to be used to assess response on this protocol

      • Tumors within a previously irradiated field will be designated as nontarget lesions unless progression is documented or a biopsy is obtained to confirm persistence at least 90 days following completion of radiation therapy
    • Patients must have had one prior systemic chemotherapeutic regimen for management of advanced, metastatic, or recurrent carcinoma of the cervix

      • Chemotherapy administered in conjunction with primary radiation as a radiosensitizer is not counted as a systemic chemotherapy regimen
    • Patients must not be eligible for a higher priority GOG protocol, if one exists

      • In general, this would refer to any active GOG phase III protocol for the same patient population
  • Exclusion criteria:

    • Patients with craniospinal metastases
  • Inclusion criteria:

    • Patients who have received one prior regimen must have a GOG performance status of 0, 1, or 2 or patients who have received two prior regimens must have a GOG performance status of 0 or 1
    • Patients should be free of active infection requiring antibiotics
    • Platelet count ≥ 100,000/μl
    • ANC ≥ 1,500/μl
    • Creatinine ≤ 1.5 x institutional upper limit normal (ULN)
    • Bilirubin ≤ 1.5 x ULN
    • SGOT and alkaline phosphatase ≤ 2.5 x ULN
    • Neuropathy (sensory and motor) ≤ CTCAE v3.0 grade 1
    • Calcium < 11.0 mg/dL
    • Patients of childbearing potential must have a negative serum pregnancy test within 7 days prior to initiating protocol therapy and be practicing an effective form of contraception during protocol therapy and for at least two months following completion of protocol therapy
  • Exclusion criteria:

    • Patients with a history of other invasive malignancies, with the exception of nonmelanoma skin cancer and other specific malignancies, are excluded if there is any evidence of other malignancy being present within the last five years

      • Patients are also excluded if their previous cancer treatment contraindicates this protocol therapy
    • Patients who have a significant history of cardiac disease (i.e., uncontrolled hypertension, unstable angina, uncontrolled congestive heart failure, or uncontrolled arrhythmias) within 6 months of registration
    • Patients who have an uncontrolled seizure disorder or active neurological disease
    • Patients known to be seropositive for HIV and active hepatitis, even if liver function studies are in the eligible range
    • Pregnant or nursing women or women of childbearing potential unless using effective contraception as determined by the investigator
    • Known hemorrhagic diathesis or active bleeding disorder
  • Inclusion criteria:

    • Recovery from effects of recent surgery, radiotherapy, or chemotherapy

      • Any hormonal therapy directed at the malignant tumor must be discontinued at least one week prior to registration (continuation of hormone replacement therapy is permitted)
      • Any other prior therapy directed at the malignant tumor, including immunologic agents, must be discontinued at least three weeks prior to registration
    • Patients are allowed to receive, but are not required to receive, one additional cytotoxic regimen for management of recurrent or persistent cervical disease according to the following definition:

      • Cytotoxic regimens include any agent that targets the genetic and/or mitotic apparatus of dividing cells, resulting in dose-limiting toxicity to the bone marrow and/or gastrointestinal mucosa
    • Patients must not have received any non-cytotoxic therapy for management of recurrent or persistent cervical disease
    • Patients must not be receiving any other investigational agent
  • Exclusion criteria:

    • Patients who have received prior therapy with cetuximab or any other anti-epidermal growth factor receptor antibody
    • Patients who have received any prior therapy with a tyrosine kinase inhibitor that targets the EGFR pathway
    • Patients who have received prior chimerized or murine monoclonal antibody therapy
    • Patients who have received prior radiotherapy to any portion of the abdominal cavity or pelvis other than for the treatment of cervical cancer within the last five years are excluded

      • Prior radiation for localized cancer of the breast, head and neck, or skin is permitted, provided that it was completed more than three years prior to registration and the patient remains free of recurrent or metastatic disease
    • Patients who have received prior chemotherapy for any abdominal or pelvic tumor other than for the treatment of cervical cancer within the last five years are excluded

      • Patients may have received prior adjuvant chemotherapy for localized breast cancer, provided that it was completed more than three years prior to registration and that the patient remains free of recurrent or metastatic disease
    • Patients who have undergone major surgery, excluding diagnostic biopsy, within 30 days (to allow for full recovery) prior to registration
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00499031

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Sponsors and Collaborators
Gynecologic Oncology Group
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Principal Investigator: Alessandro Santin Gynecologic Oncology Group
  More Information

Responsible Party: Gynecologic Oncology Group Identifier: NCT00499031     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: GOG-0227E
NCI-2009-00596 ( Registry Identifier: CTRP (Clinical Trial Reporting Program) )
GOG-0227E ( Other Identifier: Gynecologic Oncology Group )
GOG-0227E ( Other Identifier: CTEP )
U10CA027469 ( US NIH Grant/Contract Award Number )
Study First Received: July 10, 2007
Results First Received: May 22, 2014
Last Updated: December 29, 2014

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Carcinoma, Squamous Cell
Neoplasms, Glandular and Epithelial
Neoplasms by Histologic Type
Neoplasms, Squamous Cell
Antineoplastic Agents processed this record on May 25, 2017