Combination Chemotherapy in Treating Patients With Esophageal Cancer

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Updated on 7 November 2020
combination chemotherapy
esophageal cancer
tumor cells
conventional surgery
surgery for esophageal cancer


RATIONALE: Drugs used in chemotherapy use different ways to stop tumor cells from dividing so they stop growing or die. Combining more than one drug may kill more tumor cells. It is not yet known which regimen of combination chemotherapy is more effective in treating esophageal cancer. PURPOSE: Randomized phase III trial to compare the effectiveness of two regimens of combination chemotherapy in treating patients who are undergoing surgery for esophageal cancer.


OBJECTIVES: - Compare survival and quality of life of patients with resectable adenocarcinoma of the esophagus treated prior to surgery with standard chemotherapy comprising cisplatin and fluorouracil versus prolonged infusional chemotherapy comprising cisplatin, epirubicin, and fluorouracil. OUTLINE: This is a randomized, multicenter study. Patients are randomized to one of two treatment arms. - Arm I (Standard chemotherapy): Patients receive cisplatin IV over 4 hours on days 1-4 and fluorouracil IV continuously on days 1-4. Treatment repeats every 21 days for 2 courses in the absence of disease progression or unacceptable toxicity. - Arm II (Infusional chemotherapy): Patients receive cisplatin IV over 4 hours on day 1, epirubicin IV on day 1, and fluorouracil IV continuously. Treatment repeats every 21 days for 4 courses in the absence of disease progression or unacceptable toxicity. Patients undergo surgery 4-6 weeks after the last dose of fluorouracil in arm I or anytime after the fluorouracil infusion is completed in arm II. Quality of life is assessed at baseline, immediately before starting the last course of chemotherapy, immediately before surgery, 6 weeks post-operatively, and at 6, 9, 12, 18, and 24 months after randomization. Patients are followed every 3 months for 1 year, every 6 months for 5 years, and then annually thereafter. Peer Reviewed and Funded or Endorsed by Cancer Research UK PROJECTED ACCRUAL: Approximately 1,300 patients (650 per treatment arm) will be accrued for this study.

Condition Esophageal Cancer
Treatment conventional surgery, neoadjuvant therapy, fluorouracil, cisplatin, epirubicin hydrochloride
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT00041262
SponsorMedical Research Council
Last Modified on7 November 2020


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