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Biomarkers of Response in Blood and Tumor Tissue Samples From Patients With Unresectable Stage IV Squamous Cell Cancer of the Head and Neck Previously Treated With Cetuximab, Cisplatin, and Radiation Therapy

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 September 2010 by National Cancer Institute (NCI).
Recruitment status was:  Not yet recruiting
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First received: September 2, 2010
Last updated: NA
Last verified: September 2010
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RATIONALE: Studying samples of blood and tumor tissue from patients with cancer in the laboratory may help doctors learn more about changes that occur in DNA and identify biomarkers related to cancer. It may also help doctors understand how patients respond to treatment.

PURPOSE: This research study is studying biomarkers of response in blood and tumor tissue samples from patients with unresectable stage IV squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck previously treated with cetuximab, cisplatin, and radiation therapy.

Condition Intervention
Head and Neck Cancer
Genetic: fluorescence in situ hybridization
Genetic: gene expression analysis
Genetic: polymerase chain reaction
Genetic: protein analysis
Genetic: protein expression analysis
Other: enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay
Other: immunohistochemistry staining method
Other: laboratory biomarker analysis

Study Type: Observational
Official Title: Molecular Correlates of Response to C225 (Erbitux or Cetuximab) in Combination With Cisplatin and Definitive Radiation in Unresectable Stage IV Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Head and Neck (E3303): A Phase II Trial of Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group

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

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Correlation of biomarkers and clinical outcome

Estimated Enrollment: 69
Study Start Date: September 2010
Estimated Primary Completion Date: February 2012 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Detailed Description:



  • To expand upon the list of molecular correlates indicated in clinical trial ECOG-E3303, including EGFR expression, EGFR phosphorylation, map kinase, AKT, and STAT3.
  • To correlate the status or expression level of each biomarker with clinical outcome (response, progression-free survival, overall survival).

OUTLINE: Archived tumor and blood specimens are analyzed for human papilloma virus and p16 status; EGFR gene amplification; levels of ERCC1, XPF, and c-Met proteins; expression and activation of several signaling pathways including PI3 kinase gene and mTOR; levels of ErbB2, ErbB3, P70S6 kinase, S6 , and Akt; expression of amphiregulin (AR), TGF-alpha (TGF-α), heparin-binding EGF-like growth factor (HB-EGF), EGF, epiregulin and c-Met ligand, and hepatocyte growth factor by fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH), automated in situ quantitative measurements of protein analysis (AQUA), IHC, PCR, and ELISA.


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


  • Diagnosis of squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck

    • Stage IV disease
    • Unresectable disease
  • Treated with cetuximab, cisplatin, and radiotherapy on clinical trial ECOG-E3303
  • Archived blood and tumor tissue samples available


  • Not specified


  • See Disease Characteristics
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01194635

Sponsors and Collaborators
Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Principal Investigator: Jennifer R. Grandis, MD University of Pittsburgh
  More Information

Responsible Party: Robert L. Comis, ECOG Group Chair's Office Identifier: NCT01194635     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: CDR0000683306
Study First Received: September 2, 2010
Last Updated: September 2, 2010

Keywords provided by National Cancer Institute (NCI):
stage IV squamous cell carcinoma of the lip and oral cavity
stage IV verrucous carcinoma of the oral cavity
stage IV squamous cell carcinoma of the nasopharynx
stage IV squamous cell carcinoma of the oropharynx
stage IV squamous cell carcinoma of the hypopharynx
stage IV squamous cell carcinoma of the larynx
stage IV verrucous carcinoma of the larynx

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Carcinoma, Squamous Cell
Head and Neck Neoplasms
Neoplasms, Glandular and Epithelial
Neoplasms by Histologic Type
Neoplasms, Squamous Cell
Neoplasms by Site
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