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RAD001 (Everolimus) + Docetaxel + Cisplatin as Induction Chemotherapy in Patients With Local-Regional Advanced Head and Neck Cancer

Information source: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
ClinicalTrials.gov processed this data on August 23, 2015
Link to the current ClinicalTrials.gov record.

Condition(s) targeted: HEAD & NECK Cancer

Intervention: RAD001 + docetaxel + cisplatin (Drug)

Phase: Phase 1

Status: Completed

Sponsored by: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Official(s) and/or principal investigator(s):
Matthew Fury, MD PhD, Principal Investigator, Affiliation: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center


The purpose of this study is to test the safety of RAD001 (everolimus) tablets at different dose levels, when added to docetaxel and cisplatin. The investigators want to find out what effects, good and/or bad, that everolimus has when added to docetaxel and cisplatin as treatment for head and neck cancer.

Clinical Details

Official title: A Phase I Study of RAD001 (Everolimus) + Docetaxel + Cisplatin as Induction Chemotherapy in Patients With Local-Regional Advanced Head and Neck Cancer

Study design: Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment, Masking: Open Label, Primary Purpose: Treatment

Primary outcome: To determine the phase II recommended dose of RAD001 (everolimus) + docetaxel + cisplatin as induction chemotherapy for patients with head and neck cancer

Secondary outcome:

To establish the safety and tolerability of RAD001 (everolimus) + docetaxel + cisplatin

To determine the objective response rate of all patients treated with RAD001 (everolimus) + docetaxel + cisplatin using RECIST criteria


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


Inclusion Criteria:

- Stage III-IVB head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) or nasopharyngeal cancer

(WHO type I, II or III),, previously untreated. Patients with stage II hypopharynx HNSCC will also be eligible. Pathology must be confirmed at MSKCC

- Age ≥ 18 years

- Karnofsky performance status ≥ 70%

- Adequate bone marrow function: Absolute neutrophil count ≥ 1. 5 X 109/L, Platelets ≥

100 x 109/L, Hemoglobin > 10 g/dL.

- Adequate liver function Serum bilirubin must be within the upper limit of normal.

(ULN). AST and ALT and Alkaline Phosphatase must be within the range allowing for eligibility

- Adequate renal function: serum creatinine within institutional normal limits, or

calculated creatinine clearance (by Cockcroft and Gault method) ≥ 55 mL/min for patients with creatinine limits above institutional normal

- INR < 1. 5 or aPTT < 1. 5 X upper limits of normal

- Negative urine or serum pregnancy test within 14 days prior to administration of


- Men and women of childbearing potential must be willing to consent to using effective

contraception while on treatment and for at least 3 months thereafter.

- Patients must have ability to understand and the willingness to sign a written

informed consent document Exclusion Criteria:

- Any prior treatment with RAD001, or other agents specifically targeting mTOR

- Any prior radiation therapy for head and neck cancer. Any prior radiation therapy to

>25% of the bone marrow. Any prior radiation to whole pelvis and/or brain

- Therapeutic anticoagulation with coumadin (warfarin)

- Hypertriglyceridemia ≥ grade 2 (CTCAE version 3. 0)

- Patients who require chronic treatment with steroids ( > prednisone 5 mg/day) or

other immunosuppressive agents are excluded. Both cisplatin and RAD001 are immunosuppressive, and chronic steroid use (> prednisone 5 mg/day) or use of other immunosuppressive agents might increase the risk of lethal infection in this setting. Patients on low- dose steroid replacement regimens (≤ prednisone 5 mg/day) are not excluded, because low dose steroids should not be immunosuppressive

- Impairment of gastrointestinal function or gastrointestinal disease that may

significantly alter the absorption of RAD001 (e. g., ulcerative disease, uncontrolled nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, malabsorption syndrome or small bowel resection)

- Active infection or serious underlying medical condition that would impair the

patient's ability to receive protocol treatment. Other concurrent severe and/or uncontrolled medical disease which would compromise participation in the study in the opinion of the investigator (e. g., uncontrolled diabetes, unstable angina, or

congestive heart failure - New York Heart Association Class III or IV)

- HIV-positive patients. These patients are at increased risk of lethal infections

when treated with marrow suppressive therapy. Additionally, pharmacokinetic interactions between antiretroviral therapy and the study regimen may be problematic for these patients

- Women who are pregnant or lactating

- Other active malignancy, other than indolent malignancies which the investigator

determines are unlikely to interfere with treatment and safety analysis. For example, patients with non-melanoma skin cancer, in situ carcinoma of the cervix, or prostate cancer with no current biochemical (PSA) or radiologic evidence of disease may enroll

- Patients with hearing loss requiring hearing aid or intervention (i. e. interfering in

a clinical significant way with activities of daily living).

- Patients with multifocal peripheral sensory alterations or paresthesias (including

tingling) interfering with function, per patient report (example: activities of daily living)

- Impaired lung function: O2 saturation 88% or less at rest on room air by Pulse

Oximetry. If O2 saturation is ≤ 88% at rest, further pulmonary function tests (PFTs) should be ordered to confirm normal pulmonary function and eligibility

- Patients should not receive immunization with attenuated live vaccines within one

week of study entry or during the study period. Close contact with those who have received attenuated live vaccines should be avoided during treatment with everolimus. Examples of live vaccines include intranasal influenza, measles, mumps, rubella, oral polio, BCG, yellow fever, varicella, and TY21a typhoid vaccines

- Liver disease such as cirrhosis or severe hepatic impairment (Childs-Pugh class C)

Locations and Contacts

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center at Basking Ridge, Basking Ridge, New Jersey 07939, United States

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center at Commack, Commack, New York 11725, United States

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, New York 10065, United States

Memorial Sloan-Kettering at Mercy Medical Center, Rockville Centre, New York, United States

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center at Phelps Memorial Hospital Center, Sleepy Hollow, New York 10591, United States

Additional Information

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

Starting date: July 2009
Last updated: August 7, 2013

Page last updated: August 23, 2015

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