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Cetuximab Compared to Mitomycin-C and 5-Fluorouracil for Locally Advanced Squamous Cell Carcinomas of the Head and Neck

Information source: Medical University Innsbruck
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Condition(s) targeted: Head and Neck Neoplasms

Intervention: Cetuximab (Drug); Mitomycin-C/ 5-Fluorouracil (Drug)

Phase: Phase 4

Status: Recruiting

Sponsored by: Medical University Innsbruck

Overall contact:
Peter Lukas, Prof. MD, Phone: +43 512 504 22800, Email: Peter.Lukas@i-med.ac.at


Concomitant radio-chemotherapy has become a standard therapy for advanced squamous cell carcinomas of head and neck. Local side effects caused by chemotherapy, like mucositis, increase in combination with radiotherapy. Mucositis, as a painful inflammation and ulceration of the oral mucosa, limits patients treatment plan. Studies showed that one third of the patients discontinued Chemotherapy because of the side effects. Accordingly to these side effects, patients eating habits get limited. This requires an increase of pain medication, mostly an opioid derivate, which causes side effects too, which requires other symptomatic medication. This requires a change of nutrition from hard to pappy food and at further impairing, liquid food is needed. A central vein catheter has to be done for parental nutrition and a gastrostomy for enteral nutrition, which means risk of haemorrhage and increased risk of bacteraemias and sepsis for the patient. This would mean a decrease of general condition and a dose reduction or treatment stop is needed. Accordingly, the results are treatment delay and prolongation of hospital stay. Risk of the study will be the known side effects of the products: Mitomycin-C, 5-Fluorouracile, Cetuximab and radiation therapy. These are listed in the particular product description and the description of radiation thera-py. Another risk would be that the primary objective cannot be fulfilled. So the patients would have a lower quality of life than expected. Following benefits are expected. Benefit for patient:

- Decrease of mucositis and side effects caused by mucositis, also xerostomia, taste

disturbances, dietary restrictions, dysphagia

- Decrease of pain medication and side effects caused by pain medication

- Decrease of surgical intervention (gastric tube, central venous catheter) and risks

caused by the interventions (sepsis, bacteraemia, bleeding, injury of heart and stomach, etc.)

- Improving of patients social functioning, social eating, social contact

- No interruptions of therapy

- Increase of life quality

- Weight stabilization

Benefit for clinical practice:

- Increase of compliance

- Fulfilling of complete therapy

- Hospital stays as planned

Clinical Details

Official title: Randomized Phase IV Trial to Compare Cetuximab With Concomitant Radiation Therapy With Concomitant Mitomycin-C and 5-Fluorouracil With Radiation Therapy for Locally Advanced Squamous Cell Carcinomas of the Head and Neck

Study design: Allocation: Randomized, Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Open Label, Primary Purpose: Treatment

Primary outcome: Quality of Life

Secondary outcome:

Efficacy of Cetuximab plus radiation therapy

Equality in therapy of Cetuximab plus radiation therapy versus Mitomycin C/5-Fluorouracil plus radiation therapy.


Minimum age: 18 Years. Maximum age: 80 Years. Gender(s): Both.


Inclusion Criteria:

- must have a non-resectable cancer of head and neck

- must have a pathologically proven squamous cell carcinoma arising in the oropharynx,

oral cavity, hypopharynx, or larynx or cancer of unknown primary site

- must have a stage III or IV disease with an expected survival time of ≥ 12 months

with node status of N0-N2

- must be medically suitable to withstand a course of definitive radiation therapy and

concomitant chemotherapy or antibody-therapy

- must have a Karnofsky performance status (KPS) of ≥ 70 at the time of screening

- must be between ≥18 and ≤80 years of age

- must have the following laboratory values:

Analysis/International System of Units (SI units) Neutrophil count/≥ 1. 5 G/l Platelet count/≥ 100 G/l Serum glutamate oxaloacetate transaminase (SGOT)/≤ 2 x the upper limit of normal Serum glutamate pyruvate transaminase (SGPT)/≤ 2 x the upper limit of normal Serum creatinine or estimated creatinine clearance/≤ 1. 5mg/dl or Epidermal growth factor receptor (eGFR)≥ 50 ml/min/1. 73m² Serum calcium/Within normal limits

- must be disease free from a previously treated malignancy for more than three years

- must provide a signed and dated written informed consent

- Female subject of childbearing potential must:

- Understand that the study medication could have an expected teratogenic risk

- Agree to use, and be able to comply with, effective contraception without

interruption, 4 weeks before starting study drug, throughout study drug therapy (including dose interruptions) and for 3 months after the end of study drug therapy, even if she has amenorrhoea. This applies unless the subject commits to absolute and continued abstinence confirmed on a monthly basis. The following are effective methods of contraception* Implant Levonorgestrel-releasing intrauterine system (IUS) Medroxyprogesterone acetate depot Tubal sterilisation Sexual intercourse with a vasectomised male partner only; vasectomy must be confirmed by two negative semen analyses Ovulation inhibitory progesterone-only pills (i. e., desogestrel) * Combined oral contraceptive pills are not recommended. If a subject was using combined oral contraception, she must switch to one of the methods above. The increased risk of venous thromboembolism (VTE) continues for 4 to 6 weeks after stopping combined oral contraception.

- Agree to have a medically supervised pregnancy test with a minimum sensitivity

of 25 milli-International units (mIU)/ml not more than 3 days before the start of study medication once the subject has been on effective contraception for at least 4 weeks. This requirement also applies to women of childbearing potential who practice complete and continued abstinence.

- Agree to have a medically supervised pregnancy test every 4 weeks including 3

months after the end of study treatment, except in the case of confirmed tubal sterilization. These tests should be performed not more than 3 days before the start of next treatment. This requirement also applies to women of childbearing potential who practice complete and continued abstinence

- Male subject must:

- Agree to use condoms throughout study drug therapy, during any dose interruption

and for up to 3 months after cessation of study therapy if his partner is of childbearing potential and has no contraception.

- Agree not to donate semen during study drug therapy and for one week after end

of study drug therapy. Exclusion Criteria:

- Evidence of distant metastatic disease

- Prior systemic chemotherapy within the last three years

- Previous surgery for the tumor under study, other than biopsy and debulking of

squamous cell carcinoma arising in the larynx

- Prior radiation therapy to the head and neck

- Receiving radiation therapy as part of a postoperative regimen following primary

surgical resection

- Pregnancy or breastfeeding

- Patient received prior Cetuximab or murine monoclonal antibody therapy

- Patient received prior Mitomycin-C and 5-Fluorouracil

- Actual hemorrhages

- Stomatitis, ulcerations in the mouth and the gastrointestinal tract

- Actual severe diarrhea

- Severe infectious diseases (Hepatitis A, B, C, D HIV)

- Coagulation disorders

- Active vaccination

- Patient has a medical or psychological condition that would not permit the patient to

complete the trial or sign the informed consent

- Active participation in another clinical trial

Locations and Contacts

Peter Lukas, Prof. MD, Phone: +43 512 504 22800, Email: Peter.Lukas@i-med.ac.at

Medical University Innsbruck, Department for Radiooncology and Therapeutic Oncology, Innsbruck, Tyrol 6020, Austria; Recruiting
Peter Lukas, Prof. MD, Phone: +43-512-504-22800, Email: peter.lukas@i-med.ac.at
Peter Lukas, Prof. MD, Principal Investigator
Additional Information

Starting date: April 2014
Last updated: April 29, 2015

Page last updated: August 23, 2015

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