Docetaxel/Cisplatin/5-Fluorouracil (TPF) Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Squamous Cell Carcinoma Study
In this research study, the investigators are studying whether a reduced dose of radiation when given with standard doses of chemotherapy can reduce side effects without compromising control of the cancer. An approved treatment for squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck is initial chemotherapy followed by radiation and chemotherapy together. This treatment is effective but has many immediate and long-term side effects. People who have squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck (SSCHN) that is related to an infection by the human papillomavirus (HPV) have been shown to have a high response to this treatment along with a high cure rate. The investigators think that by reducing the intensity of this treatment, they may be able to reduce immediate and long-term side effects which may lead to long term improvements in quality of life and function.
Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Head and Neck
Human Papilloma Virus
Radiation: Intensity modulated radiation therapy
|Study Design:||Allocation: Non-Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
|Official Title:||A Phase II Study of Docetaxel/Cisplatin/5-Fluorouracil (TPF) Induction Chemotherapy Followed by Concurrent Chemoradiotherapy Using a Modified Radiation Dose in Patients With Newly Diagnosed HPV Positive, Locally Advanced Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Oropharynx|
- Local-regional Control [ Time Frame: 5 years ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]To determine the local-regional control at 2 and 5 years in patients with advanced HPV related oropharynx cancer or unknown primary.
- Progression Free Survival [ Time Frame: 5 years ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]To determine progression free survival at 2 and 5 years
- Overall Survival [ Time Frame: 5 years ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]To determine overall survival at 2 and 5 years
- Toxicity [ Time Frame: 5 years ] [ Designated as safety issue: Yes ]Toxicity rate for each arm
|Study Start Date:||September 2010|
|Study Completion Date:||September 2015|
|Primary Completion Date:||July 2012 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
|Experimental: One arm Study . TPF induction chemotherapy||
Given intravenously on day of each cycleDrug: Cisplatin
Given intravenously on day 1 of each cycleDrug: 5-fluorouracil
Given intravenously by pump over 4 days of each cycle
Other Name: 5-FURadiation: Intensity modulated radiation therapy
Once daily 5 days per week for 6-7 weeks
Other Name: IMRTDrug: carboplatin
Given intravenously once a week for 6-7 weeksDrug: cetuximab
Given intravenously once a week for 6-7 weeks
- The initial (induction) chemotherapy part of this study consists of 3 chemotherapy drugs: docetaxel, cisplatin, and 5-fluorouracil (called TPF). The docetaxel and cisplatin are given intravenously in the clinic. The 5-fluorouracil is given intravenously by a pump over 4 days while the participant is at home. This will be followed by 16 days of no chemotherapy. These drugs are given for a total of 3 cycles, with each cycle lasting 21 days.
- During each cycle of induction chemotherapy the following procedures/tests will be performed: physical exams; blood tests; fiberoptic exam and quality of life questionnaires.
- When the participant has completed three cycles of chemotherapy, they will have a CT or MRI of their neck and a PET scan. The results of these exams will determine how much radiation they will receive. Only patients with an excellent or complete response to the initial three cycles of chemotherapy will receive the reduced radiation dose.
- Chemoradiation will consist of chemotherapy given once a week for 6 or 7 weeks along with radiation. Radiation will be administered once daily 5 days per week for 6 to 7 weeks using a radiation technique called "Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy" or IMRT.
- Chemotherapy is given during radiation to make the radiation work better. The chemotherapy drugs are carboplatin and cetuximab, these drugs are given intravenously once a week for 6 to 7 weeks.
- During chemoradiation the following procedures/tests will be performed: physical exams; blood tests and PEG placement. Most patients receiving chemoradiotherapy for head and neck cancer will develop difficulty swallowing food and drinking liquids during the course of therapy. For this reason, a gastrostomy tube (PEG) is recommended. A PEG is a tube that is surgically inserted through the abdominal wall into the stomach that can be used for nutritional health.
- Eight to ten weeks after the final treatment, we will evaluate the participants response by CT or MRI of the neck and a PET scan. Participants will be followed for 5 years. During this time they will be seen once a month for three months, and then every three months for 2 years, then every 6 months for 5 years.
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT01221753
|United States, Massachusetts|
|Dana-Farber Cancer Institute|
|Boston, Massachusetts, United States, 02115|
|Principal Investigator:||Robert Haddad, MD||Dana-Farber Cancer Institute|