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High-Dose Radiation Therapy With or Without Chemotherapy in Treating Patients With Head and Neck Cancer

This study has been completed.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer - EORTC Identifier:
First received: November 1, 1999
Last updated: June 29, 2012
Last verified: June 2012

RATIONALE: Radiation therapy uses high-energy x-rays to damage tumor cells. Drugs used in chemotherapy use different ways to stop tumor cells from dividing so they stop growing or die. It is not yet known if radiation therapy plus chemotherapy is more effective than radiation therapy alone in treating patients with head and neck cancer.

PURPOSE: Randomized phase III trial to compare the effectiveness of high-dose radiation therapy alone with high-dose radiation therapy plus cisplatin in treating patients with head and neck cancer who have undergone surgery to remove the cancer.

Condition Intervention Phase
Head and Neck Cancer
Drug: cisplatin
Radiation: low-LET cobalt-60 gamma ray therapy
Radiation: low-LET electron therapy
Radiation: low-LET photon therapy
Phase 3

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Primary Purpose: Treatment

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Further study details as provided by European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer - EORTC:

Estimated Enrollment: 338
Study Start Date: February 1994
Primary Completion Date: October 2000 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Detailed Description:

OBJECTIVES: I. Determine whether the addition of cisplatin to high-dose postoperative radiotherapy increases the disease-free survival rate of patients with locally advanced head and neck carcinomas at high risk of recurrence following radical surgery.

OUTLINE: Randomized study. Patients are registered and randomized to treatment within 25 days of surgery. Arm I: Radiotherapy. Irradiation of the preoperative primary tumor site with a boost to areas at high risk for recurrence using Co60 equipment, 4-6 MV linear accelerators, or 6-12 MeV electrons. Arm II: Radiotherapy plus Single-Agent Chemotherapy. Irradiation as in Arm I; plus Cisplatin, CDDP, NSC-119875.

PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A total of 338 evaluable patients will be studied.


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 70 Years   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

DISEASE CHARACTERISTICS: Histologically confirmed squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck of the following sites: Oral cavity Oropharynx Hypopharynx (only if ineligible for protocol EORTC-24891) Larynx T3-4, any N, M0 or any T, N2-3, M0 disease (UICC staging) resected with curative intent T3, N0 carcinoma of the larynx with suitable microscopically clear margins is ineligible At least one of the following high-risk characteristics required: Histopathologically positive surgical margins No gross residual disease Perineural involvement Extranodal spread of disease Oral cavity or oropharyngeal lesions with metastatic nodes at level 4 or 5 Vascular embolisms in the neck No metastases at diagnosis No known CNS disease

PATIENT CHARACTERISTICS: Age: 18 to 70 Performance status: WHO 0-2 Hematopoietic: WBC at least 4,000 Platelets at least 100,000 Hemoglobin normal (at least 6.8 mmoles/liter) Hepatic: Bilirubin no greater than 2 times normal Other liver function tests no greater than 2 times normal Renal: Creatinine no greater than 1.3 mg/dL (120 micromoles/liter) Creatinine clearance greater than 60 mL/min Other: No active, uncontrolled infection No requirement for antibiotics that might interfere with platinum excretion No requirement for drugs affecting bone marrow function (e.g., lithium, corticosteroids) No medical condition precluding postoperative chemotherapy No prior or concurrent malignancy other than nonmelanomatous skin cancer

PRIOR CONCURRENT THERAPY: Biologic therapy: Not specified Chemotherapy: No prior chemotherapy Endocrine therapy: Not specified Radiotherapy: No prior locoregional radiotherapy to the head and neck Surgery: Excision with curative intent required

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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00002555

Institut Jules Bordet
Brussels, Belgium, 1000
Centre de Lute Contre le Cancer,Georges-Francois Leclerc
Dijon, France, 21079
CHR de Grenoble - La Tronche
Grenoble, France, 38043
Centre Oscar Lambret
Lille, France, 59020
CRLCC Nantes - Atlantique
Nantes-Saint Herblain, France, 44805
Hopital Jean Bernard
Poitiers, France, 86021
Institut Gustave Roussy
Villejuif, France, F-94805
Istituto Nazionale per lo Studio e la Cura dei Tumori
Milan, Italy, 20133
Istituti Fisioterapici Ospitalieri - Roma
Rome, Italy, 00161
University Medical Center Nijmegen
Nijmegen, Netherlands, NL-6252 HB
Medical University of Gdansk
Gdansk, Poland, 80-211
Institute of Oncology, Ljubljana
Ljubljana, Slovenia, Sl-1000
Ciudad Sanitaria Vall D'Hebron
Barcelona, Spain, 08035
Ospedale San Giovanni
Bellinzona, Switzerland, CH-6500
Inselspital, Bern
Bern, Switzerland, CH-3010
Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois
Lausanne, Switzerland, CH-1011
Zurich, Switzerland, CH-8091
Dokuz Eylul University School of Medicine
Izmir, Turkey, 35340
United Kingdom
Nottingham City Hospital NHS Trust
Nottingham, England, United Kingdom, NG5 1PB
Sponsors and Collaborators
European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer - EORTC
Study Chair: Jacques Bernier, MD, PhD Istituto Oncologico della Svizzera Italiana - Ospedale San Giovanni
  More Information

Responsible Party: European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer - EORTC Identifier: NCT00002555     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: EORTC-22931
Study First Received: November 1, 1999
Last Updated: June 29, 2012

Keywords provided by European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer - EORTC:
stage III squamous cell carcinoma of the lip and oral cavity
stage IV squamous cell carcinoma of the lip and oral cavity
stage III squamous cell carcinoma of the oropharynx
stage IV squamous cell carcinoma of the oropharynx
stage III squamous cell carcinoma of the hypopharynx
stage IV squamous cell carcinoma of the hypopharynx
stage III squamous cell carcinoma of the larynx
stage IV squamous cell carcinoma of the larynx

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Head and Neck Neoplasms
Neoplasms by Site
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