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C-TPF in Patients With Newly Diagnosed Locally Advanced Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Head and Neck

Information source: Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
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Condition(s) targeted: Head and Neck Neoplasms

Intervention: Cetuximab (Drug); Docetaxel (Drug); Cisplatin (Drug); 5-Fluorouracil (Drug)

Phase: Phase 1

Status: Completed

Sponsored by: Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Official(s) and/or principal investigator(s):
Robert I Haddad, MD, Principal Investigator, Affiliation: Dana-Farber Cancer Institute


The purpose of this research study is to determine the safest and most effective dose of 5-FU that can be given with docetaxel (Taxotere), Cisplatin and cetuximab to patients with newly diagnosed locally advanced squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck. We will also be studying the toxicity of this regimen of 4 drugs and the tumor response.

Clinical Details

Official title: A Phase I Study of Cetuximab/Docetaxel(Taxotere)/Cisplatin/5-Fluorouracil (C-TPF) in Patients With Newly Diagnosed Locally Advanced Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Head and Neck

Study design: Allocation: Non-Randomized, Endpoint Classification: Safety Study, Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment, Masking: Open Label, Primary Purpose: Treatment

Primary outcome: Determine the maximum tolerated dose (MTD) of Docetaxel/Cisplatin/5-Fluorouracil (TPF) induction chemotherapy when combined with cetuximab in an induction chemotherapy setting for locally advanced squamous cell cancer of the head and neck.

Secondary outcome:

To asses toxicity of this combination

To determine the response rate in this patient population.

Detailed description:

- After the screening tests confirm the participants eligibility, study treatment will


- Prior to the start of study medication a port-a-cath will be inserted. This is done in

the operating room and will require a separate consent form. During treatment a needle will be inserted into the port-a-cath through which the chemotherapy will be given. If the participant chooses not to have a port-a-cath, they will need to be hospitalized at Brigham and Women's Hospital to receive chemotherapy (approximately 5 days).

- Participants will receive three cycles of chemotherapy. Each cycle of treatment will

last 21 days. On day 1 of each cycle, they will receive cetuximab intravenously for 2 hours, docetaxel (Taxotere) intravenously for 1 hour, cisplatin intravenously for 1 hour, and 5-FU over a period of 96 hours through an infusion pump. On days 8 and 15 of each cycle, participants will receive another dose of cetuximab intravenously for one hour.

- Not everyone who participates in this study will receive the same amount of 5-FU. A

small group of participants will be given a certain dose of 5-FU through a continuous 4 day infusion. If they tolerate that well, the next group of people will receive a higher dose of 5-FU. This will continue until we can find the highest dose of the drug that can be given safely.

- Participants will be seen once a week in the clinic for a physical exam. At this time

vital signs will be checked and participants will be asked general questions about their health and specific questions about any problems they might be experiencing. Blood tests will also be performed at this time.

- Within two weeks of completion of the third cycle of chemotherapy, participants will

return to the clinic for evaluation. The following exams and procedures will be performed: Physical exam; blood tests; imaging of tumor (CT, MRI or PET); exam under anesthesia (EUA).

- Once the participant has completed all treatment, we would like to follow-up with them

regarding the status of their cancer. Follow-up appointments will occur every 4-6 weeks for the first year, every 8-10 weeks up to the second year, every 3 months for the third year, and then every 6 months until the fifth year.


Minimum age: 18 Years. Maximum age: N/A. Gender(s): Both.


Inclusion Criteria:

- Histologically or cytologically proven squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck.

- Primary tumor sites eligible: oral cavity, oropharynx, nasopharynx, hypopharynx, or

larynx. Unknown primary SCC will also be eligible.

- Stage 3 or 4 disease without evidence of distant metastases verified by chest x-ray,

abdominal ultrasound or CAT scan.

- At lease one uni- or bi-dimensionally measurable lesion by RECIST criteria.

- 18 years of age or older

- ECOG performance status of 0-1

- Adequate bone marrow, hepatic and renal functions as outlined in the protocol.

Exclusion Criteria:

- Pregnant or breast feeding women

- Previous or current malignancies at other sites, with the exception of adequately

treated in situ carcinoma of the cervix, basal or squamous cell carcinoma of the skin or other cancer curatively treated by surgery and with no evidence of disease for at least 5 years.

- Symptomatic peripheral neuropathy greater or equal to grade 2

- Symptomatic altered hearing > grade 2 by CIT-CTC criteria

- Unstable cardiac disease despite treatment, myocardial infarction within 6 months

- History of significant neurologic or psychiatric disorders including dementia or


- Active clinically significant uncontrolled infection

- Active peptic ulcer disease defined as unhealed or clinically active

- Hypercalcemia

- Active drug addiction, including alcohol, cocaine or intravenous drugs use

- Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

- Autoimmune disease requiring therapy, prior organ transplant, or HIV infection

- Interstitial lung disease

- Involuntary weight loss of more than 25% of their body weight in the 2 months

preceding study entry

- Concurrent treatment with any other cancer drug

- Prior EGFR therapy

- Prior severe infusion reaction to antibody therapy

- Participation in an investigational trial within 30 days of study entry

Locations and Contacts

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, Massachusetts 02115, United States
Additional Information

Starting date: January 2007
Last updated: October 30, 2009

Page last updated: August 20, 2015

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