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Radiation Therapy and Cisplatin With or Without Cetuximab in Treating Patients With Stage IB, Stage II, or Stage IIIB Cervical Cancer (CETUXICOL)

This study has been completed.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Institut Curie Identifier:
First received: August 11, 2009
Last updated: April 4, 2017
Last verified: April 2017

RATIONALE: Radiation therapy uses high-energy x-rays to kill tumor cells. Drugs used in chemotherapy, such as cisplatin, work in different ways to stop the growth of tumor cells, either by killing the cells or by stopping them from dividing. Monoclonal antibodies, such as cetuximab, can block tumor growth in different ways. Some block the ability of tumor cells to grow and spread. Others find tumor cells and help kill them or carry tumor-killing substances to them. It is not yet known whether radiation therapy given together with cisplatin is more effective with or without cetuximab in treating patients with cervical cancer.

PURPOSE: This randomized phase II trial is studying giving radiation therapy together with cisplatin to see how well it works compared with radiation therapy and cisplatin given together with cetuximab in treating patients with stage IB, stage II, or stage IIIB cervical cancer.

Condition Intervention Phase
Cervical Cancer
Biological: cetuximab
Drug: cisplatin
Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: No masking
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Phase II Randomized Assessing Pelvic Irradiation Combined With Cisplatin Alone or Cisplatin Plus Cetuximab in Patients With Carcinoma of the Cervix Stage IB2, II and III

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Further study details as provided by Institut Curie:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Recurrence-free survival at 2 years

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Response as assessed by MRI after radiochemotherapy and before surgery according to RECIST criteria
  • Toxicity according to NCI CTCAE v3.0

Enrollment: 76
Study Start Date: March 2009
Study Completion Date: October 2014
Primary Completion Date: November 2013 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Active Comparator: Arm I
Patients receive cisplatin IV over 1 hour once weekly during weeks 1-6. Patients also undergo pelvic radiotherapy 5 days a week during weeks 2-5 or 2-6.
Drug: cisplatin
Given IV
Experimental: Arm II
Patients receive cisplatin and undergo radiotherapy as in arm I. Patients also receive cetuximab IV over 1 hour once weekly during weeks 1-6.
Biological: cetuximab
Given IV
Drug: cisplatin
Given IV

Detailed Description:



  • Evaluate the efficacy of treatment with cetuximab and a standard radiochemotherapy regimen (pelvic radiotherapy and cisplatin) in patients with stage IB2, II, and IIIB cervical cancer by evaluating the number of patients without recurrence at 2 years.


  • Analyze the tumor response by MRI after external radiotherapy.
  • Assess the tolerance of cetuximab and standard radiochemotherapy in patients not previously treated and in generally good condition.
  • Study the correlation between treatment response and analysis of EGFR mutations (exons 18-21 of the tyrosine kinase domain including the two hot spots L858R and E746-A750).
  • Study the correlation between treatment response and evaluation of number of copies of the EGFR gene.
  • Study the correlation between treatment response and analysis of mutations of codons 12 and 13 of KRAS2 by direct sequencing.
  • Study the correlation between treatment response and research of DNA sequences of human papillomavirus.
  • Study the correlation between treatment response and overexpression of EGFR and COX2 (centralized) by IHC.
  • Study the correlation between treatment response and characterization of a genomic signature (genome, transcriptome, and Affymetrix chips from samples frozen in liquid nitrogen).
  • Collect tumor samples for molecular analysis.

OUTLINE: This is a multicenter study. Patients are stratified according to planned surgery (yes vs no) and are randomized to 1 of 2 treatment arms.

  • Arm I: Patients receive cisplatin IV over 1 hour once weekly during weeks 1-6. Patients also undergo pelvic radiotherapy 5 days a week during weeks 2-5 or 2-6.
  • Arm II: Patients receive cisplatin and undergo radiotherapy as in arm I. Patients also receive cetuximab IV over 1 hour once weekly during weeks 1-6.

After 6-8 weeks of study treatment, patients continue treatment as recommended by their center (i.e., utero-vaginal brachytherapy, additional radiotherapy, or surgery).

Tumor tissue and blood samples are collected for further analysis.

After completion of study treatment, patients are followed at 3-4 weeks and then every 4 months for 2 years.


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 120 Years   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   Female
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No


  • Diagnosis of cervical cancer

    • Squamous cell carcinoma or adenocarcinoma
    • Stage IB2-IIIB disease
    • Not immediately operable
  • Origin of the tumor and presence of measurable target lesion according to RECIST criteria confirmed by T2-weighted MRI
  • Data imaging scan and PET scan (optional) confirmed absence of lumbo-aortic adenopathy
  • No other associated pathology that would preclude study treatment


  • WHO performance status 0-1
  • Hemoglobin > 10 g/dL
  • ANC > 1,500/mm^3
  • Platelet count > 100,000/mm^3
  • Alkaline phosphatase < 2 times normal
  • Total bilirubin < 1.5 times normal
  • Creatinine < 130 μmol/L
  • Creatinine clearance ≥ 60 mL/min
  • Normal vital functions
  • Not pregnant
  • Fertile patients must use effective contraception
  • Able to provide the imaging exams on CD ROM (DICOM 3.0 or higher) for centralized review
  • No history of another cancer that recurred within the past 5 years except for basal cell carcinoma of the skin or carcinoma in situ of the cervix
  • No absolute contraindication to MRI (i.e., claustrophobia, pacemaker, or cochlear implant)
  • No geographical, social, or psychological situations that preclude study follow up
  • Not deprived of liberty or under guardianship
  • Receiving benefits from a social security system


  • No prior treatment (i.e., chemotherapy, radiotherapy, immunotherapy, hormonal therapy, or, especially, therapy with an investigational agent) for this cancer
  • No concurrent participation in a clinical trial with an experimental agent
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00957411

Institut Curie Hopital
Paris, France, 75248
Sponsors and Collaborators
Institut Curie
Principal Investigator: Susan Scholl, MD Institut Curie
  More Information

Scholl SME, de la Rochefordiere A, Petrow P, et al.: CETUXICOL, a phase II trial randomizing standard treatment with or without cetuximab in primary cervical cancer treatment. [Abstract] J Clin Oncol 30 (Suppl 15): A-e15535, 2012.

Responsible Party: Institut Curie Identifier: NCT00957411     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: CDR0000651250
CLCC-IC-2007-04 ( Other Identifier: Institut Curie )
2008-001053-18 ( EudraCT Number )
Study First Received: August 11, 2009
Last Updated: April 4, 2017

Keywords provided by Institut Curie:
stage IB cervical cancer
stage IIA cervical cancer
stage IIB cervical cancer
stage III cervical cancer
cervical adenocarcinoma
cervical squamous cell carcinoma

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Uterine Cervical Neoplasms
Uterine Neoplasms
Genital Neoplasms, Female
Urogenital Neoplasms
Neoplasms by Site
Uterine Cervical Diseases
Uterine Diseases
Genital Diseases, Female
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