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Study of Radiation (RT) Concurrent With Cetuximab in Patients With Advanced Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC)

This study is ongoing, but not recruiting participants.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
University of Michigan Cancer Center Identifier:
First received: May 17, 2009
Last updated: September 30, 2016
Last verified: September 2016
This is a single-arm, phase II trial to characterize the clinical outcome of standard of care, cetuximab concurrent with radiation, in a special population (head and neck cancer patients who cannot tolerate concurrent chemoradiotherapy due to advanced age, poor performance status or concurrent illness), and to determine if biomarker response to a loading dose of cetuximab is predictive of that outcome.

Condition Intervention Phase
Head and Neck Cancer
Drug: Cetuximab
Radiation: 50-60 Gy and 70 Gy
Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Phase II Study of RT Concurrent w/ Cetuximab in Patients w/ Locally Advanced Head & Neck SCC Who Do Not Qualify For Standard Chemotherapy Due To Age >70 Or Co-Morbidities

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Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Mean change in tumor EGFR [ Time Frame: 2 Years ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    Determine changes in tumor EGFR (epidermal growth factor receptor), pEGFR, following a loading dose of cetuximab in patients who are poor candidates for chemoradiation.

  • Progression free survival [ Time Frame: 2 Years ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • Overall survival [ Time Frame: 2 Years ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Change in tumor EGFR level relative to EGFR in normal mucosa [ Time Frame: 2 Years ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    Conduct normal mucosa EGFR assessment for comparison w/ tumor sample. This will be evaluated by means of evaluated by means of repeated measures ANOVA.

Enrollment: 23
Study Start Date: February 2009
Primary Completion Date: June 2016 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Treatment Drug: Cetuximab
Patients will receive a single dose of cetuximab 400 mg/m (Day 0). On day 7 (+/- 1 day), a repeat biopsy will be performed. Radiation concurrent with weekly cetuximab 250 mg/m.
Radiation: 50-60 Gy and 70 Gy
Within approximately 4 days (after single dose of Cetuximab), definitive radiation will begin (70 Gy in 35 fractions to the gross tumor, 50-60 Gy to subclinical target volumes) concurrent with weekly cetuximab 250 mg/m.

Detailed Description:

Primary Objective 1: Determine changes in tumor EGFR, pEGFR, downstream signaling and novel phosphoproteins following a loading dose of cetuximab in patients who are poor candidates for chemoradiation (age =70 years or with significant co-morbidities) and are therefore treated with cetuximab with radiation.

Primary Objective 2: Characterize clinical outcomes, including local recurrence, progression-free survival and overall survival in these patients, and correlate these clinical outcomes with the changes in tumor EGFR, pEGFR, downstream signaling, and novel phosphoproteins.

Primary Objective 3: Describe the toxicity, in particular mucositis/dysphagia, of this regimen.

Secondary Objective 1: Conduct normal mucosa EGFR assessment for comparison with tumor sample.

Secondary Objective 2: Correlate HPV presence and titer with p53 status and clinical outcome.


Ages Eligible for Study:   70 Years and older   (Senior)
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Patients must have pathologically-confirmed, previously untreated, clinically accessible (without general anesthesia) locally advanced squamous cell carcinoma of the larynx, hypopharynx, oropharynx, oral cavity, or nonresectable head and neck squamous cell carcinomas of the skin.
  • Patients will be limited to:

    • ≥ 70 years of age, OR
    • with co-morbidities that preclude treatment with standard platinum-based chemotherapy, as determined by the treating physician, OR
    • KPS ≤ 80, OR
    • Creatinine clearance < 30 cc/min
  • Laboratory criteria:

    • WBC > 3500/ul
    • Granulocyte > 1500/ul
    • Platelet count > 100,000/ul
    • Total Bilirubin < 1.5 X ULN
    • AST and ALT < 2.5 X ULN
  • Patients must give documented informed consent to participate in this study.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Prior head and neck malignancy, or history of other prior non-head and neck malignancy within the past 3 years (excluding skin cancer and early stage treated prostate cancer).
  • Prior head and neck radiation or chemotherapy.
  • Documented evidence of distant metastases.
  • Patients with nasopharyngeal carcinoma.
  • Any medical or psychiatric illness, which, in the opinion of the principal investigator, would compromise the patient's ability to tolerate this treatment.
  • Patients with psychiatric/social situations that would limit compliance with study requirements are not eligible.
  • Patients with prior anti-epidermal growth-factor receptor antibody therapy (antibody or small molecule).
  • Patients residing in prison.
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00904345

United States, Michigan
University of Michigan Medical Center
Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States, 48109
University of Michigan Veterans Administration Hospital
Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States, 48109
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Michigan Cancer Center
Principal Investigator: Shruti Jolly, MD University of Michigan Cancer Center
  More Information

Responsible Party: University of Michigan Cancer Center Identifier: NCT00904345     History of Changes
Obsolete Identifiers: NCT01250522
Other Study ID Numbers: UMCC 2009.009  HUM 27253 
Study First Received: May 17, 2009
Last Updated: September 30, 2016
Health Authority: United States: Institutional Review Board

Keywords provided by University of Michigan Cancer Center:
SCC Head and Neck Cancer

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Head and Neck Neoplasms
Neoplasms by Site
Antineoplastic Agents processed this record on October 25, 2016