Chemotherapy and Radiation Therapy in Treating Patients With Cancer of the Esophagus

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Recruitment Status : Unknown
Verified May 2007 by National Cancer Institute (NCI).
Recruitment status was:  Active, not recruiting
First Posted : April 29, 2004
Last Update Posted : August 7, 2013
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National Cancer Institute (NCI)

November 1, 1999
April 29, 2004
August 7, 2013
March 1996
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Chemotherapy and Radiation Therapy in Treating Patients With Cancer of the Esophagus

RATIONALE: Drugs used in chemotherapy use different ways to stop tumor cells from dividing so they stop growing or die. Radiation therapy uses high-energy x-rays to damage tumor cells. It is not yet known whether external-beam radiation therapy plus chemotherapy is more effective with or without internal radiation therapy.

PURPOSE: Randomized phase III trial to compare chemotherapy and external-beam radiation therapy with or without internal radiation therapy in treating patients with stage I, stage II, or stage III esophageal cancer.

OBJECTIVES: I. Compare the complete local remission rate in patients with unresectable stage I, II, or III esophageal cancer treated with chemoradiotherapy with or without endoluminal brachytherapy. II. Compare the complete remission rate (local, locoregional, and distant) in these patients. III. Compare the overall and disease-free survival in these patients at 2 and 5 years after therapy. IV. Compare the toxicity and quality of life experienced by these patients.

OUTLINE: This is a randomized, multicenter study. Patients are stratified according to participating center, tumor stage, and chemotherapy. All patients receive fluorouracil IV continuously over 4 days (days 1-4) and/or cisplatin on day 2 of weeks 1 and 5. External beam radiotherapy begins on day 1 of chemotherapy and is delivered in daily fractions, 5 days per week, for 5 weeks, followed by a cone down dose administered during week 6. Patients randomized to brachytherapy (Iridium 192, high-dose rate) are treated on weeks 11 and 12 and receive 2 additional courses of chemotherapy at weeks 9 and 14. Patients randomized to no brachytherapy receive additional chemotherapy courses on weeks 9 and 13. Quality of life is assessed. Patients are followed every 6 months for 2 years and then annually for 3 years years.

PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A total of 326 patients will be accrued for this study.

Phase 3
Allocation: Randomized
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Esophageal Cancer
  • Drug: chemotherapy
  • Drug: cisplatin
  • Drug: fluorouracil
  • Radiation: brachytherapy
  • Radiation: radiation therapy
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DISEASE CHARACTERISTICS: Histologically proven squamous cell carcinoma or adenocarcinoma of the esophagus No cancer of the cardia Stage T1, T2, T3, or T4 No tumor greater than 7 cm No tumor with diameter greater than 3 cm No involved nodes located more than 3 cm from tumor Supraclavicular nodal involvement eligible with cervical esophageal tumor No metastasis Patient ineligible for surgery because of one of the following: Condition that contraindicates surgery Refusal of surgery

PATIENT CHARACTERISTICS: Age: 18 to 74 Performance status: 0-2 Hematopoietic: WBC at least 2,000/mm3 Polymorphonuclear lymphocyte count at least 1,500/mm3 Platelet count at least 80,000/mm3 Hemoglobin at least 10 g/dL Hepatic: Not specified Renal: Creatinine less than 2.8 mg/dL Cardiovascular: No angina pectoris No history of myocardial infarction No contraindication to therapy on EKG No other cardiac contraindication to chemotherapy Other: No peripheral neuropathy No second malignancy except basal cell skin cancer, carcinoma in situ of the cervix, or other carcinoma in remission for at least 2 years Not pregnant or nursing Fertile patients must use effective contraception

PRIOR CONCURRENT THERAPY: Biologic: Not specified Chemotherapy: Not specified Endocrine therapy: Not specified Radiotherapy: Not specified Surgery: See Disease Characteristics Other: No prior laser therapy No prior electrocoagulation No prior cryotherapy No prior sclerosing injection

Sexes Eligible for Study: All
18 Years to 74 Years   (Adult, Senior)
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CDR0000065193 ( Registry Identifier: PDQ (Physician Data Query) )
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Centre Hospitalier Lyon Sud
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Study Chair: Jean-Pierre Gerard, MD Centre Hospitalier Lyon Sud
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
May 2007

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