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PET Scan Imaging in Assessing Response in Patients With Esophageal Cancer Receiving Combination Chemotherapy

This study is ongoing, but not recruiting participants.
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology Identifier:
First received: April 7, 2011
Last updated: July 1, 2016
Last verified: July 2016

RATIONALE: PET scans done during chemotherapy may help doctors assess a patient's response to treatment and help plan the best treatment.

PURPOSE: This randomized phase II trial is studying PET scan imaging in assessing response in patients with esophageal cancer receiving combination chemotherapy.

Condition Intervention Phase
Adenocarcinoma of the Gastroesophageal Junction
Esophageal Cancer
Drug: Oxaliplatin
Drug: Leucovorin Calcium
Drug: Fluorouracil
Drug: Carboplatin
Drug: Paclitaxel
Procedure: Positron Emission Tomography
Procedure: Computed Tomography
Radiation: Radiation Therapy
Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Crossover Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Randomized Phase II Trial of PET Scan-Directed Combined Modality Therapy in Esophageal Cancer

Resource links provided by NLM:

Further study details as provided by Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • pCR rate of PET/CT non-responders within each induction treatment group each induction treatment group [ Time Frame: Up to 5 years ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • PET/CT response between treatment arms [ Time Frame: Up to 5 years ]
  • pCR compared between induction treatment arms among PET/CT responders [ Time Frame: Up to 5 years ]
  • pCR compared among non-responders between induction treatment arms if treatment regimens are found to be efficacious [ Time Frame: Up to 5 years ]
  • PFS among PET/CT non-responders within each induction treatment group [ Time Frame: 8 months ]

Estimated Enrollment: 204
Study Start Date: July 2011
Estimated Primary Completion Date: June 2017 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Arm I (FOLFOX regimen)
Patients receive modified FOLFOX-6 therapy comprising oxaliplatin IV over 2 hours and leucovorin calcium IV over 2 hours on day 1 and fluorouracil IV continuously on days 1-5. Treatment repeats every 14 days for 3 courses. Patients then undergo PET/CT scan. Patients with responsive disease (tumor metabolic activity decreased by >= 35%) receive 3 additional courses of FOLFOX-6 therapy and undergo concurrent RT (3D-conformal or intensity-modulated) once daily, 5 days a week, for approximately 6 weeks. Patients without responsive disease (tumor metabolic activity did not decrease by 35%) cross over to Arm II during RT.
Drug: Oxaliplatin
Given IV
Drug: Leucovorin Calcium
Given IV
Drug: Fluorouracil
Given IV
Drug: Carboplatin
Given IV
Drug: Paclitaxel
Given IV
Procedure: Positron Emission Tomography
Undergo PET/CT scan
Procedure: Computed Tomography
Undergo PET/CT scan
Radiation: Radiation Therapy
Undergo RT
Experimental: Arm II (carboplatin + paclitaxel + radiation)
Patients receive carboplatin IV over 30 minutes and paclitaxel IV over 1 hour on days 1 and 8. Treatment repeats every 21 days for 2 courses. Patients then undergo PET/CT scan. Patients with responsive disease (tumor metabolic activity decreases >= 35%) continue to receive carboplatin IV over 30 minutes and paclitaxel IV over 1 hour once weekly for 5 weeks and undergo RT (3D-conformal or intensity-modulated) once a day, 5 days a week, for approximately 6 weeks. Patients without responsive disease (metabolic activity did not decrease by 35%) cross over to Arm I during RT
Drug: Carboplatin
Given IV
Drug: Paclitaxel
Given IV
Radiation: Radiation Therapy
Undergo RT

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
  • Surgically resectable, histologically confirmed esophageal adenocarcinoma, including Siewert gastroesophageal (GE) junction adenocarcinomas types 1 and 2
  • T1N1-3M0 or T2-4NanyM0 as determined by endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) and PET/CT (histologic confirmation of lymph involvement is not required); all disease (tumor and nodes) must be both surgically resectable and capable of containment in a radiotherapy field; no T4 tumor with clear evidence of invasion of the vertebral column, heart, great vessels, or tracheobronchial tree
  • All patients must have locoregional staging determined by endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) if technically feasible; endoscopy reports or subsequent gastrointestinal (GI) clinic note should clearly state both the T and N stage
  • No evidence of distant metastases (as determined by EUS or PET/CT)
  • Patients with cervical, supraclavicular, or other nodal disease that is either not included in the radiation field or is not able to be resected at the time of esophagectomy are not eligible
  • Patient must have pre-resection tissue available for central pathology review, in case that the patient has a pCR at the time of surgical resection to confirm diagnosis
  • Patients must have an fludeoxyglucose F 18 (FDG)-avid tumor with a maximum standard uptake value (SUVmax) of >= 5.0 on baseline PET/CT scan of primary tumor; baseline PET/CT scan should be performed; if it is necessary to repeat baseline PET/CT scan, reimbursement information is available
  • No prior malignancy within 5 years of registration, with the exception of basal or squamous cell skin cancers, or in situ bladder or cervical cancer; patients with prior malignancy treated with surgery only and disease free for more than 5 years are eligible; however, no prior thoracic radiation therapy (RT) or abdominal RT or chemotherapy allowed
  • No known contraindication to the use of fluorouracil, taxanes, or platinum compounds
  • No history of severe hypersensitivity reaction to Cremophor EL
  • Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG) performance status 0-1
  • Patient must be non-pregnant and non-nursing; women of child bearing potential must have a negative serum or urine pregnancy test (minimum sensitivity 25 IU/L or equivalent units of human chorionic gonadotropin [HCG]) within 72 hours prior to randomization; women of child-bearing potential include any female who has experienced menarche and who has not undergone surgical sterilization (hysterectomy, bilateral tubal ligation or bilateral oophorectomy) or is not postmenopausal (defined as amenorrhea >= 12 consecutive months; or women on hormone replacement therapy [HRT] with documented serum follicle stimulating hormone [FSH] level > 35mIU/mL); even women who are using oral, implanted or injectable contraceptive hormones or mechanical products such as an intrauterine device or barrier methods (diaphragm, condoms, spermicides) to prevent pregnancy or practicing abstinence or where partner is sterile (e.g., vasectomy), should be considered to be of child bearing potential
  • Absolute neutrophil count (ANC) >= 1,500/μL
  • Platelet count >= 100,000/μL
  • Bilirubin =< 1.5 times upper limit of normal (ULN)
  • Calculated creatinine clearance >= 60 mL/min
  • Aspartate aminotransferase (AST)/alanine aminotransferase (ALT) =< 2.5 times ULN
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01333033

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Sponsors and Collaborators
Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Study Chair: Karyn A. Goodman, MD Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
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Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number):
Responsible Party: Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology Identifier: NCT01333033     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: CALGB-80803
CDR0000698428 ( Registry Identifier: NCI Physician Data Query )
NCI-2011-02642 ( Registry Identifier: NCI Clinical Trial Reporting Program )
U10CA180821 ( US NIH Grant/Contract Award Number )
Study First Received: April 7, 2011
Last Updated: July 1, 2016

Keywords provided by Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology:
adenocarcinoma of the gastroesophageal junction
adenocarcinoma of the esophagus
stage IB esophageal cancer
stage IIA esophageal cancer
stage IIB esophageal cancer
stage IIIA esophageal cancer
stage IIIB esophageal cancer
stage IIIC esophageal cancer

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Esophageal Neoplasms
Neoplasms, Glandular and Epithelial
Neoplasms by Histologic Type
Gastrointestinal Neoplasms
Digestive System Neoplasms
Neoplasms by Site
Head and Neck Neoplasms
Digestive System Diseases
Esophageal Diseases
Gastrointestinal Diseases
Albumin-Bound Paclitaxel
Antineoplastic Agents, Phytogenic
Antineoplastic Agents
Tubulin Modulators
Antimitotic Agents
Mitosis Modulators
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Antimetabolites, Antineoplastic
Immunosuppressive Agents
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