Last updated on October 2006

Cetuximab & Concomitant-Boost Accelerated RT in Patients With Locally Advanced Oropharynx Squamous Cell Carcinoma.


Are you eligible to participate in this study?

You may be eligible for this study if you meet the following criteria:

  • Conditions: Oropharyngeal Neoplasms
  • Age: Between 18 - 80 Years
  • Gender: Male or Female
  • Other:
    Written informed consent.
    Aged between 18 and 80, inclusive.
    Karnofsky functional status >= 70% at the time of enrolment in study.
    Life expectancy of more than 3 months.
    Histologically confirmed diagnosis of oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma: base of
    tongue, vallecula, tonsil and tonsillar fossa and pillars, glossotonsillar sulcus,
    inferior surface of the soft palate, uvula and lateral and posterior oropharyngeal
    wall.
    Stage III or IV with no evidence of distant metastasis (IVA or IV B)
    Patients in medical conditions to receive a radical concomitant-boost accelerated
    radiotherapy treatment.
    Neutrophils >= 1500/ mm3, platelet count >= 100 000/ mm3 and haemoglobin >= 10 g/ dL.
    Proper liver function: total bilirubin <= 1.5 x upper limit of normal (ULN);
    aspartate aminotransferase (AST) and alanine aminotransferase (ALT) <= 2.5 x ULN.
    Proper renal function: serum creatinine <= 1.5 x ULN; if the values are > 1.5 x ULN,
    creatinine clearance should be >= 55 ml/min.
    Serum calcium within normal limits.
    Adequate nutritional state: weight loss < 20% with respect to usual weight and serum
    albumin > 35 g/l.
    Effective birth control method if there is possibility of conception and/or
    pregnancy.
    Availability of tumour tissue for immunohistochemical analysis of EGFR expression.

You may not be eligible for this study if the following are true:

  • Metastatic disease.
    Previous surgical, radiotherapy and/or chemotherapy treatment for the disease in the
    tudy.
    Other non-oropharyngeal tumour sites in the head and neck area.
    Other previous and/or simultaneous squamous cell carcinoma.
    Diagnosis of any other cancer in the previous 5 years, except properly treated
    carcinoma in situ of the uterine cervix and/or basal cell skin carcinoma.
    Active infection (infection requiring intravenous antibiotics), including active
    tuberculosis and diagnosed HIV.
    Uncontrolled hypertension defined as systolic blood pressure >= 180 mm Hg and/or
    diastolic blood pressure >= 130 mm Hg at rest.
    Pregnancy (absence of pregnancy must be confirmed with the serum-HCG test) or
    breast-feeding women.
    Chronic, concomitant systemic immunotherapy, or hormonal treatment for the cancer.
    Other concomitant anti-cancer treatments.
    Clinically significant coronary artery disease, history of myocardial infarction in
    the previous 12 months or high risk of out of control arrhythmia or cardiac
    insufficiency.
    Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease which may have required > 3 hospitalisations in
    the previous 12 months.
    Out of control active peptic ulcer.
    Presence of a psychological or medical illness which might impede the patient from
    carrying out the study or giving his or her signature on the informed consent
    Known drug abuse (with the exception of excessive alcohol consumption)
    Known allergic reaction to any of the components of the treatment to be studied.
    Previous treatment with monoclonal antibodies or signal transduction inhibitors or
    other EGFR-targeted treatment.
    Any experimental treatment in the 30 days prior to enrolment in the study.

Recruitment Status: Open


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