Induction Paclitaxel Followed by Concurrent Paclitaxel and Radiation Therapy for Cutaneous Angiosarcoma

  • End date
    May 31, 2025
  • participants needed
  • sponsor
    Washington University School of Medicine
Updated on 4 October 2022


Angiosarcoma is a rare and aggressive form of soft tissue sarcoma. Prior work demonstrates very poor outcomes, with most patients developing metastatic disease and less than 50% surviving greater than 5 years. In other soft tissue sarcomas, the use of radiotherapy and/or chemotherapy have improved progression-free survival in patients undergoing limited, organ-sparing surgeries. Taxane chemotherapy has shown efficacy in patients with metastatic angiosarcoma, but this has not been tested in patients with localized disease. This study examines the efficacy of induction paclitaxel followed by concurrent chemoradiation therapy with paclitaxel prior to curative surgical resection.

Condition Cutaneous Angiosarcoma
Treatment radiation therapy, Paclitaxel, Research blood draw
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT03921008
SponsorWashington University School of Medicine
Last Modified on4 October 2022


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Inclusion Criteria

Histologically or cytologically confirmed cutaneous angiosarcoma
Measurable disease defined as lesions that can be accurately measured in at least one dimension (longest diameter to be recorded) as ≥ 5 mm with CT scan or ≥ 5 mm by clinical exam at the time of diagnosis
Currently receiving or planning to receive weekly paclitaxel for 12 weeks at 80 mg/m^2 weekly. The patient must be able to begin radiotherapy within the first 7 weeks of paclitaxel treatment
At least 18 years of age
ECOG performance status ≤ 1
Women of childbearing potential and men must agree to use adequate contraception (hormonal or barrier method of birth control, abstinence) prior to study entry and for the duration of study participation. Should a woman become pregnant or suspect she is pregnant while participating in this study, she must inform her treating physician immediately. Men treated or enrolled on this protocol must also agree to use adequate contraception prior to the study, for the duration of the study, and one month after completion of the study
Ability to understand and willingness to sign an IRB approved written informed consent document (or that of legally authorized representative, if applicable)

Exclusion Criteria

Patients deemed ineligible for curative therapy by the treating medical oncologist, radiation oncologist, or surgeon
A history of other malignancy ≤ 3 years previous with the exception of basal cell or squamous cell carcinoma of the skin which were treated with local resection only or carcinoma in situ of the cervix
Currently receiving any investigational agents
Current central nervous system disease or distant metastatic disease not including local-regional lymph nodes or satellite lesions. Patients with known brain metastases must be excluded from this clinical trial because of their poor prognosis and because they often develop progressive neurologic dysfunction that would confound the evaluation of neurologic and other adverse events
Grade 2 or greater neuropathy
A history of allergic reactions attributed to compounds of similar chemical or biologic composition to paclitaxel or other agents used in the study
Uncontrolled intercurrent illness including, but not limited to, ongoing or active infection, symptomatic congestive heart failure, unstable angina pectoris, or cardiac arrhythmia
Pregnant and/or breastfeeding. Women of childbearing potential must have a negative pregnancy test within 14 days of study entry
HIV-positive patients whose CD4+ T-cell count is < 350 cells/mcL
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