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Surgery With or Without Chemotherapy in Treating Patients With Stage II or Stage III Cancer of the Esophagus

This study has been completed.
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First received: November 1, 1999
Last updated: September 19, 2013
Last verified: May 2007

November 1, 1999
September 19, 2013
July 1992
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Surgery With or Without Chemotherapy in Treating Patients With Stage II or Stage III Cancer of the Esophagus

RATIONALE: Drugs used in chemotherapy use different ways to stop tumor cells from dividing so they stop growing or die. It is not known whether chemotherapy before surgery is more effective than surgery alone in treating cancer of the esophagus.

PURPOSE: Randomized phase III trial to compare the effectiveness of surgery with or without chemotherapy in treating patients with stage II or stage III cancer of the esophagus.

OBJECTIVES: I. Compare resectability and survival in patients with stage II/III esophageal cancer treated with neoadjuvant cisplatin/fluorouracil vs. surgery alone.

OUTLINE: This is a randomized study. Patients are randomized to one of two groups. The first group receives cisplatin and fluorouracil every 4 weeks for 3 courses followed by esophagectomy and regional lymphadenectomy. The second group undergoes esophagectomy and regional lymphadenectomy alone. All patients are followed for survival.

PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A total of 240 patients will be entered over 4 years.

Phase 3
Allocation: Randomized
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Esophageal Cancer
  • Drug: cisplatin
  • Drug: fluorouracil
  • Procedure: conventional surgery
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June 2001
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DISEASE CHARACTERISTICS: Histologically confirmed esophageal squamous cell cancer that is stage T2-3 Nx M0

PATIENT CHARACTERISTICS: Age: 18 to 75 Performance status: WHO 0-2 Hematopoietic: Not specified Hepatic: Not specified Renal: Not specified Other: No second malignancy within 5 years except: Basal cell skin carcinoma Carcinoma in situ of the cervix

PRIOR CONCURRENT THERAPY: No prior chemotherapy or radiotherapy

Sexes Eligible for Study: All
18 Years to 75 Years   (Adult, Senior)
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European Institute of Oncology
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Study Chair: Ermanno Ancona, MD Azienda Ospedaliera di Padova
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
May 2007

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