S0427, Combination Chemotherapy & RT in Treating Patients With Stage III or Stage IV Cancer of the Oropharynx

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT00268372
Recruitment Status : Terminated (SWOG eliminated its head and neck committee)
First Posted : December 22, 2005
Last Update Posted : October 4, 2012
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Southwest Oncology Group

Brief Summary:

RATIONALE: Drugs used in chemotherapy, such as docetaxel, cisplatin, and fluorouracil, work in different ways to stop the growth of tumor cells, either by killing the cells or by stopping them from dividing. Radiation therapy uses high-energy x-rays to kill tumor cells. Giving combination chemotherapy together with radiation therapy may kill more tumor cells. It is not yet known whether giving combination chemotherapy together with radiation therapy is more effective than giving cisplatin together with radiation therapy in treating cancer of the oropharynx.

PURPOSE: This randomized phase III trial is studying combination chemotherapy and radiation therapy to see how well they work compared to cisplatin and radiation therapy in treating patients with stage III or stage IV cancer of the oropharynx.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Head and Neck Cancer Drug: cisplatin Drug: docetaxel Drug: 5-fluorouracil Procedure: surgery Radiation: radiation therapy Phase 3

Detailed Description:



  • Compare the overall survival of patients with previously untreated stage III or IV squamous cell carcinoma of the oropharynx treated with induction chemotherapy comprising docetaxel, cisplatin, and fluorouracil followed by radiotherapy and cisplatin versus radiotherapy and cisplatin only.
  • Compare the progression-free survival in patients treated with these regimens.
  • Compare the toxicity of these regimens in these patients.
  • Compare the quality of life and functional status of patients treated with these regimens.

OUTLINE: This is a randomized, multicenter study. Patients are stratified according to primary cancer site (base of tongue vs other), nodal extent (N0-1 vs N2-3), radiotherapy plan (conventional [2-D or 3-D conformal radiotherapy] vs intensity modulated radiotherapy). Patients are randomized to 1 of 2 treatment arms.

  • Arm I (induction chemotherapy with or without salvage surgery followed by chemoradiotherapy)

    • Induction chemotherapy with or without early salvage surgery: Patients receive docetaxel IV over 1 hour and cisplatin over 30-60 minutes on day 1 and fluorouracil IV continuously on days 1-4. Treatment repeats every 21 days for 1-3 courses. Patients achieving complete or partial response at the primary site after course 1 receive 2 additional courses of therapy and then proceed to chemoradiotherapy within 3-4 weeks after completion of fluorouracil administration. Patients with stable disease or surgically resectable locoregional disease progression undergo early salvage surgery and then proceed to concurrent chemoradiotherapy within 70 days after surgery. Patients with locoregional unresectable disease progression or patients who refused early salvage surgery proceed directly to concurrent chemoradiotherapy within 3-4 weeks after completion of fluorouracil administration.
    • Chemoradiotherapy: Patients undergo 2-D or 3-D conformal radiotherapy or intensity modulated radiotherapy once daily 5 days a week for 7 weeks and receive cisplatin IV over 30-60 minutes concurrently on days 1, 22, and 43* in the absence of disease progression or unacceptable toxicity.

NOTE: *Patients undergoing surgery before chemoradiotherapy receive cisplatin on days 1 and 22 only of a 6-week course of radiotherapy.

  • Arm II (chemoradiotherapy only): Patients undergo 2-D or 3-D conformal radiotherapy or intensity modulated radiotherapy once daily 5 days a week for 7 weeks and receive cisplatin IV over 30-60 minutes on days 1, 22, and 43 in the absence of disease progression or unacceptable toxicity.

Quality of life is assessed at baseline, after completion of chemoradiotherapy, and then at 12 months after randomization.

After completion of study treatment, patients are followed periodically for 5 years.

PROJECTED ACCRUAL: Approximately 398 patients (199 per treatment arm) will be accrued for this study.

Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 6 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Phase III Trial of Standard Fractionation Radiation and Concurrent Single Agent Cisplatin, With and Without Docetaxel, Cisplatin, and 5-Fluorouracil Induction Chemotherapy, in Patients With Advanced Oropharyngeal Squamous Cell Cancer
Study Start Date : December 2005
Actual Primary Completion Date : December 2007
Actual Study Completion Date : December 2007

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Arm Intervention/treatment
Active Comparator: cisplatin/RT alone
cisplatin and radiation therapy
Drug: cisplatin
Other Name: platinol

Radiation: radiation therapy
Experimental: induction chemo followed by cisplatin/RT
docetaxel, cisplatin and 5-fluorouracil induction chemotherapy followed by surgery and/or cisplatin and radiation therapy
Drug: cisplatin
Other Name: platinol

Drug: docetaxel
Other Name: taxotere

Drug: 5-fluorouracil
Other Name: 5-FU

Procedure: surgery

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Survival at 2 years [ Time Frame: 2 years ]

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Progression-free survival by FACT-HN CTCAE v 3.0 at 2 years [ Time Frame: 2 years ]
  2. Toxicity by CTCAE v 3.0 after induction chemotherapy or after chemotherapy and radiotherapy [ Time Frame: after chemotherapy ]
  3. Incidence of surgical resection [ Time Frame: after treatment ]
  4. Site of relapse [ Time Frame: at relapse ]
  5. Quality of life by FACT-HN week 19 after first and second registration date (arm 1) [ Time Frame: after first and second registrations ]

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No


  • Histologically confirmed squamous cell carcinoma of the oropharynx by biopsy or fine needle aspiration of the primary lesion or neck mass

    • Selected stage III or IV disease

      • No T1-2, N1 disease
      • No T4b disease
    • No other primary tumor sites or unknown primary tumor sites
    • Previously untreated disease
  • Measurable or non-measurable disease by clinical exam, CT scan or MRI
  • Disease considered to be curatively resectable

    • Patients for whom surgical excision is unlikely to result in clear margins are not eligible, including patients with any of the following:

      • Gross extension of tumor to skull base (e.g., T4b disease)
      • Severe trismus
      • Pterygoid plate erosion
      • Sphenoid bone or foramen ovale involvement
      • Direct extension to involve prevertebral-fascia
      • Extension to superior nasopharynx or eustachian tube
      • Direct extension into the neck with involvement of the deep neck musculature (neck node fixation)
      • Suspected invasion (encasement) of the common or internal carotid arteries (T4b)
      • Direct extension of neck disease to involve the external skin
      • Regional metastases to the supraclavicular neck (IVB low level VB nodes)
  • Disease must be appropriate for definitive radiotherapy with curative intent
  • No evidence of distant metastases (M1)

    • Must have negative chest x-ray


  • Zubrod performance status 0-1
  • No myocardial infarction within the past 3 months
  • No unstable or uncontrolled angina
  • No active systemic infection
  • Granulocyte count > 1,500/mm^3
  • Platelet count > 100,000/mm^3
  • Creatinine < 1.5 mg/dL
  • Bilirubin normal
  • Alkaline phosphatase ≤ 2 times upper limit of normal (ULN)
  • SGOT or SGPT ≤ 1.5 times ULN
  • Not pregnant or nursing
  • Fertile patients must use effective contraception
  • No history of hypersensitivity reaction to products containing polysorbate 80
  • No medical contraindication to surgery as defined by the treating institution
  • No clinically significant motor or sensory neuropathy ≥ grade 2
  • No other malignancy within the past 5 years except adequately treated basal cell or squamous cell skin cancer, carcinoma in situ of the cervix, or stage I or II cancer from which the patient is in complete remission


  • No prior therapeutic surgery for head and neck cancer
  • No prior radiotherapy
  • No prior chemotherapy

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00268372

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Sponsors and Collaborators
Southwest Oncology Group
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Study Chair: David J. Adelstein, MD The Cleveland Clinic
Study Director: Gregory T. Wolf, MD University of Michigan Rogel Cancer Center
Study Chair: P. G. Shankar Giri, MD, MB, BS Veterans Affairs Medical Center - Houston

Responsible Party: Southwest Oncology Group Identifier: NCT00268372     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: CDR0000459847
S0427 ( Other Identifier: SWOG )
U10CA032102 ( U.S. NIH Grant/Contract )
First Posted: December 22, 2005    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: October 4, 2012
Last Verified: October 2012

Keywords provided by Southwest Oncology Group:
stage III squamous cell carcinoma of the oropharynx
stage IV squamous cell carcinoma of the oropharynx

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Head and Neck Neoplasms
Neoplasms by Site
Antineoplastic Agents
Tubulin Modulators
Antimitotic Agents
Mitosis Modulators
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Antimetabolites, Antineoplastic
Immunosuppressive Agents
Immunologic Factors
Physiological Effects of Drugs