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Radiation Therapy and Chemotherapy in Treating Patients With Stage I Bladder Cancer

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Recruitment Status : Active, not recruiting
First Posted : September 22, 2009
Last Update Posted : September 30, 2020
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
NRG Oncology
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Radiation Therapy Oncology Group

Brief Summary:

RATIONALE: Radiation therapy uses high-energy x-rays to kill tumor cells. Specialized radiation therapy that delivers a high dose of radiation directly to the tumor may kill more tumor cells and cause less damage to normal tissue. Drugs used in chemotherapy, such as cisplatin, mitomycin C, and fluorouracil, work in different ways to stop the growth of tumor cells, either by killing the cells or by stopping them from dividing. Giving radiation therapy together with cisplatin may kill more tumor cells.

PURPOSE: This phase II trial is studying how well radiation therapy given together with chemotherapy works in treating patients with stage I bladder cancer.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Bladder Cancer Drug: cisplatin Drug: fluorouracil Drug: mitomycin C Phase 2

Detailed Description:



  • To evaluate the rate of freedom from radical cystectomy at 3 years.


  • To evaluate the rate of freedom from radical cystectomy at 5 years.
  • To evaluate the rate of freedom from the development of distant disease progression at 3 and 5 years.
  • To evaluate the rate of freedom from progression of bladder tumor to stage T2 or greater at 3 and 5 years.
  • To evaluate disease-specific survival and overall survival.
  • To evaluate the incidence of acute and late pelvic toxicity.
  • To evaluate the efficacy of this treatment approach in preventing the recurrence of any local bladder tumor.
  • To evaluate the potential value of tumor histopathology plus molecular genetic, DNA content, and urine proteomics parameters as possible significant prognostic factors for tumor control with this treatment approach.
  • To collect American Urological Association symptom scores at baseline and at 3 years.

OUTLINE: Beginning within 10 weeks of transurethral resection of the bladder tumor, patients undergo 3-dimensional conformal radiotherapy once daily 5 days per week during weeks 1-7 (34 fractions). Patients also receive 1 of 2 radiosensitizing chemotherapy regimens concurrently with radiotherapy.

  • Regimen I: Patients receive cisplatin IV on days 1-3 of weeks 1, 3, and 5.
  • Regimen II: Patients receive mitomycin C IV on day 1 of radiotherapy and fluorouracil IV continuously over days 1-5 of weeks 1 and 4.

Patients with a persistent tumor on re-evaluation may undergo radical cystectomy.

Tissue, blood, and urine samples may be collected periodically for biomarker and other analysis.

After completion of study treatment, patients are followed up every 3 months for 1 year, every 4 months for 1 year, every 6 months for 3 years, and annually thereafter.

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 37 participants
Allocation: N/A
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Phase II Protocol for Patients With Stage T1 Bladder Cancer to Evaluate Selective Bladder Preserving Treatment by Radiation Therapy Concurrent With Radiosensitizing Chemotherapy Following a Thorough Transurethral Surgical Re-Staging
Actual Study Start Date : November 2009
Estimated Primary Completion Date : March 2021

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MedlinePlus related topics: Bladder Cancer

Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: TURBT + Concurrent RT + Chemotherapy
Transurethral resection of the bladder tumor (TURBT) + Concurrent Radiation Therapy (RT) + Chemotherapy
Drug: cisplatin
Given IV

Drug: fluorouracil
Given IV

Drug: mitomycin C
Given IV

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Rate of freedom from radical cystectomy at 3 years [ Time Frame: Three years from the date of registration. ]

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Rate of freedom from radical cystectomy at 5 years [ Time Frame: Five years from the date of registration. ]
  2. Rate of freedom from the development of distant disease progression at 3 and 5 years [ Time Frame: From the date of registration to the date of first appearance of disease in a non-regional lymph node, solid organ or bone within 3 years and 5 years after registration. ]
  3. Rate of freedom from progression of bladder tumor to stage T2 or greater at 3 and 5 years [ Time Frame: From the date of registration to the date of first documented increase of 50% or more in the largest diameter of the endoscopically appreciable tumor or the progression from stage T1 to stage T2 or beyond within 3 years and 5years afeter registration. ]
  4. Disease-specific survival at 5 years [ Time Frame: From the date of registration to the date of death due to bladder cancer. ]
  5. Overall survival [ Time Frame: From the date of registration to the date of death due to any cause. ]
  6. Incidence of adverse events as assessed by Common Toxicity Criteria for Adverse Effects (CTCAE), v3.0 [ Time Frame: From the date of registration to the date of Grade 3 or more adverse events based on the active version of CTCAE among all eligible patients. ]
  7. Recurrence rate of any local bladder tumor [ Time Frame: From the date of registration to the date of first documented local bladder recurrence. ]
  8. Descriptive analysis for American Urological Association symptom score at baseline and at 3 years [ Time Frame: From the date of registration to 3 years after registration. ]

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


  • Pathologically (histologically or cytologically) diagnosis of carcinoma of the bladder within 105 days prior to registration.

    • Patients with operable tumors that are primary high grade urothelial carcinoma of the bladder exhibiting histologic evidence of invasion into the lamina propria (disease clinical stage T1) or a high grade stage Ta urothelial carcinoma without hydronephrosis.
    • Patients with disease involvement of the prostatic urethra with urothelial carcinoma and have no evidence of stromal invasion of the prostate. If the patient's initial tumor was a high grade Ta urothelial carcinoma then his/her recurrent tumor must be a high grade stage T1 urothelial carcinoma to be eligible.
    • Patients must have a high grade urothelial carcinoma stage Ta or T1 that has recurred within 540 days after completion of the initial treatment (transurethral resection bladder tumor [TURBT] and intravesical bacillus Calmette-Guerin [BCG] immunotherapy) or have presented to a participating urologist who judged BCG therapy is contraindicated because this patient may be immuno-compromised or because the patients refuses BCG therapy
  • No confirmed tumor-related hydronephrosis
  • No pN+ or > T1 disease
  • No histologically or cytologically confirmed node metastases

    • If radiologic evaluation of a lymph node is interpreted as "positive", this must be evaluated further either by lymphadenectomy or by percutaneous needle biopsy
  • No evidence of distant metastases
  • Patients for whom radical cystectomy is the standard next therapy per urologic guidelines, in the judgement of the participating urologist, are eligible
  • Must have an adequately functioning bladder as judged by the participating urologist and radiation oncologist and have undergone a visibly complete re-staging TURBT by the participating urologist that shows (or is present on the outside pathology specimen) a T1G2 or T1G3 tumor with uninvolved muscularis propria in the specimen and, if on prostatic urethral biopsy mucosal carcinoma is present, there is no evidence on biopsy in the prostatic stroma of tumor invasion


  • Zubrod performance status 0-1
  • White blood cell count (WBC) ≥ 4,000/mm^3
  • Absolute neutrophil count (ANC) ≥ 1,800/mm^3
  • Platelet count ≥ 100,000/mm^3
  • Hemoglobin ≥ 10.0 g/dL (transfusion or other intervention allowed)
  • Serum creatinine ≤ 1.5 mg/dL
  • Serum bilirubin ≤ 2.0 mg/dL
  • Glomerular filtration rate (GFR) > 25 mL/min (for patients receiving cisplatin, GFR > 60 mL/min)
  • Not pregnant
  • Negative pregnancy test
  • Fertile patients must use effective contraception
  • Able to tolerate systemic chemotherapy combined with radiotherapy and a radical cystectomy (if necessary), in the opinions of the urologist, radiation oncologist, and medical oncologist
  • No prior or concurrent malignancy of any other site or histology (except for nonmelanomatous skin cancer, T1a prostate cancer, or carcinoma in situ of the uterine cervix) unless the patient has been disease-free for ≥ 5 years
  • No severe, active co-morbidity including any of the following:

    • Unstable angina and/or congestive heart failure that required hospitalization within the past 6 months
    • Transmural myocardial infarction that occurred within the past 6 months
    • Acute bacterial or fungal infection requiring IV antibiotics at the time of registration
    • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease exacerbation or other respiratory illness requiring hospitalization or precluding any study therapy at the time of registration
    • Hepatic insufficiency resulting in clinical jaundice and/or coagulation defects
    • AIDS based upon the current Centers for Disease Control definition (HIV testing not required)
  • No prior allergic reaction to cisplatin, mitomycin, or 5-fluorouracil


  • No prior systemic chemotherapy for bladder cancer
  • Prior chemotherapy for a different cancer allowed
  • No prior radiotherapy to the region of this cancer that would result in overlap of radiotherapy fields
  • No concurrent drugs that have potential nephrotoxicity or ototoxicity (e.g., aminoglycoside)

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00981656

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United States, Georgia
Emory Crawford Long Hospital
Atlanta, Georgia, United States, 30308
Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
Atlanta, Georgia, United States, 30322
United States, Maryland
St. Agnes Hospital Cancer Center
Baltimore, Maryland, United States, 21229
United States, Massachusetts
Hudner Oncology Center at Saint Anne's Hospital - Fall River
Fall River, Massachusetts, United States, 02721
United States, New Hampshire
Norris Cotton Cancer Center at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
Lebanon, New Hampshire, United States, 03756-0002
United States, New York
Beth Israel Medical Center - Petrie Division
New York, New York, United States, 10003-3803
United States, Ohio
Summa Center for Cancer Care at Akron City Hospital
Akron, Ohio, United States, 44309-2090
Barberton Citizens Hospital
Barberton, Ohio, United States, 44203
Cancer Care Center, Incorporated
Salem, Ohio, United States, 44460
Cancer Treatment Center
Wooster, Ohio, United States, 44691
United States, Pennsylvania
Fox Chase Cancer Center - Philadelphia
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, 19111-2497
United States, Texas
University of Texas Medical Branch
Galveston, Texas, United States, 77555-0361
United States, Vermont
Norris Cotton Cancer Center - North
Saint Johnsbury, Vermont, United States, 05819
Sponsors and Collaborators
Radiation Therapy Oncology Group
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
NRG Oncology
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Principal Investigator: William U. Shipley, MD, FACR Massachusetts General Hospital
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Responsible Party: Radiation Therapy Oncology Group Identifier: NCT00981656    
Other Study ID Numbers: RTOG 0926
First Posted: September 22, 2009    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: September 30, 2020
Last Verified: September 2020
Keywords provided by Radiation Therapy Oncology Group:
stage I bladder cancer
transitional cell carcinoma of the bladder
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Urinary Bladder Neoplasms
Urologic Neoplasms
Urogenital Neoplasms
Neoplasms by Site
Urinary Bladder Diseases
Urologic Diseases
Antineoplastic Agents
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Antimetabolites, Antineoplastic
Immunosuppressive Agents
Immunologic Factors
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Antibiotics, Antineoplastic
Alkylating Agents
Nucleic Acid Synthesis Inhibitors
Enzyme Inhibitors