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Clinical Trials (PDQ®)

Chemotherapy With or Without Bevacizumab in Treating Patients With Recurrent or Metastatic Head and Neck Cancer

Basic Trial Information
Trial Description
     Further Trial Information
     Eligibility Criteria
Trial Contact Information

Basic Trial Information

PhaseTypeStatusAgeSponsorProtocol IDs
Phase IIITreatmentClosed18 and overNCINCI-2009-00507
CDR0000582533, E1305, U10CA180820, U10CA021115, ECOG-E1305, NCT00588770

Trial Description


This randomized phase III trial studies chemotherapy to see how well it works with or without bevacizumab in treating patients with head and neck cancer that has come back (recurrent) or that has spread to other parts of the body (metastatic). Drugs used in chemotherapy, such as docetaxel, cisplatin, carboplatin, and fluorouracil, work in different ways to stop the growth of tumor cells, either by killing the cells or by stopping them from dividing. Monoclonal antibodies, such as bevacizumab, may interfere with the ability of tumor cells to grow and spread. Bevacizumab may also make tumor cells more sensitive to chemotherapy and stop the growth of head and neck cancer by blocking blood flow to the tumor. It is not yet known whether combination chemotherapy is more effective when given with or without bevacizumab in treating patients with head and neck cancer.

Further Study Information


I. To compare the overall survival of patients with recurrent or metastatic head and neck cancer treated with standard platinum-based chemotherapy with or without bevacizumab.


I. To assess toxicities with the addition of bevacizumab to each platinum-doublet (cisplatin/docetaxel, carboplatin/docetaxel, cisplatin/fluorouracil [5-FU], carboplatin/5-FU).

II. To compare the objective response rates and the progression-free survival achieved with the above therapies.

III. To collect blood samples before and after therapy for future correlative studies.

IV. To collect tumor tissue samples available at baseline from prior diagnostic procedures for future correlative studies.

OUTLINE: After the physician decides which chemotherapy doublet to use, patients are randomized to 1 of 2 treatment arms for that chemotherapy combination.

ARM IA: Patients receive chemotherapy comprising docetaxel intravenously (IV) over 1 hour and cisplatin IV over 1-2 hours on day 1. Courses repeat every 21 days in the absence of disease progression or unacceptable toxicity.

ARM IB: Patients receive bevacizumab IV over 30-90 minutes on day 1 and docetaxel and cisplatin as in Arm IA.

ARM IIA: Patients receive docetaxel IV over 1 hour and carboplatin IV over 30 minutes on day 1. Courses repeat every 21 days in the absence of disease progression or unacceptable toxicity.

ARM IIB: Patients receive bevacizumab as in arm IB and docetaxel and carboplatin as in Arm IIA.

ARM IIIA: Patients receive cisplatin IV over 1-2 hours on day 1 and fluorouracil IV continuously on days 1-4. Courses repeat every 21 days in the absence of disease progression or unacceptable toxicity.

ARM IIIB: Patients receive bevacizumab as in Arm IB and cisplatin and fluorouracil as in Arm IIIA.

ARM IVA: Patients receive carboplatin IV over 30 minutes on day 1 and fluorouracil IV continuously on days 1-4. Courses repeat every 21 days in the absence of disease progression or unacceptable toxicity.

ARM IVB: Patients receive bevacizumab as in Arm IB and carboplatin and fluorouracil as in Arm IVA.

After completion of study treatment, patients are followed up every 3 months for 2 years and then every 6 months for 3 years.

Eligibility Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Patients must have histologically or cytologically confirmed squamous cell cancer of the head and neck (SCCHN), from any primary site, including unknown primary cancers of the head and neck; patient must not have nasopharyngeal carcinoma of histologic types World Health Organization (WHO) 2 or 3 or squamous cell carcinoma that originated in the skin
  • Patients must have SCCHN that is either (a) recurrent, judged incurable by surgery or radiation or (b) metastatic; NOTE: Patients who refuse radical resection for recurrent disease are eligible; NOTE: A second primary squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck is allowed if eligibility is based on a recurrent or metastatic first primary squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck
  • No prior chemotherapy or biologic/molecular targeted therapy for recurrent or metastatic SCCHN
  • Patients may have received one regimen of induction, concomitant chemoradiotherapy and/or adjuvant chemotherapy as part of initial potential curative therapy but must not have received prior chemotherapy for recurrent or metastatic disease
  • A minimum of 4 months is required between last dose of chemotherapy or chemoradiotherapy and study treatment; in addition patients must be progression-free for at least 4 months after completion of chemotherapy or chemoradiotherapy or radiation plus cetuximab given with a curative intent; (cetuximab therapy: 4 months is required between last dose of chemotherapy or chemoradiotherapy and study treatment if part of concurrent regimen, 8 weeks if part of adjuvant regimen post radiation)
  • Patients having progression after 2 cycles of induction chemotherapy are not eligible for the study
  • No prior bevacizumab is allowed
  • A maximum of one prior radiotherapy regimen, curative or palliative, to the head and neck is allowed; if the radiation is combined with chemotherapy and/or cetuximab, a minimum of 4 months must elapse between the end of radiotherapy and registration; if the radiation is given alone, a minimum of 8 weeks must elapse between the end of radiotherapy and registration; a minimum of 3 weeks must elapse between prior radiation to other areas and registration
  • Patients must not be receiving any other investigational agent while on the study
  • Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG) performance status of 0-1
  • Patients must have recovered to grade 1 or better from any acute effects of prior surgery, chemotherapy, or radiation therapy, and should be > 4 weeks post surgery; chronic late xerostomia, speech and swallowing abnormalities resulting from prior radiation or surgery are permitted if nutritional status is stable
  • Patients must have measurable disease based on Response Evaluation Criteria in Solid Tumors (RECIST); baseline measurements and evaluations of all sites of disease must be obtained =< 4 weeks prior to randomization; disease in previously irradiated sites is considered measurable if there has been unequivocal disease progression or biopsy-proven residual carcinoma following radiation therapy; persistent disease after radiotherapy must be biopsy proven at least 8 weeks after completion of radiation therapy; (radiographic findings are acceptable providing that clear-cut measurements can be made)
  • Absolute neutrophil count (ANC) >= 1500/mm^3
  • Hemoglobin (Hgb) >= 8.0 g/dL
  • Platelet count >= 100,000/mm^3
  • Creatinine clearance of >= 60 ml/min; creatinine clearance may be measured or calculated; if calculating, creatinine clearance, use the Cockroft-Gault formula
  • Total bilirubin within normal limits (must be obtained =< 2 weeks prior to randomization)
  • Aspartate aminotransferase (AST) or alanine aminotransferase (ALT) must be within the range allowing for eligibility
  • Alkaline phosphatase normal AND AST or ALT =< 5 x upper limit of normal (ULN)
  • Alkaline phosphatase > 1 but =< 2.5 x ULN AND AST or ALT > 1 but =< 1.5 x ULN
  • Alkaline phosphatase > 2.5 but =< 5 x ULN AND AST or ALT normal
  • Alkaline phosphatase must be within the range allowing for eligibility
  • Urine dipstick must be =< 0-1+ within 2 weeks (14 days) of randomization; if urine dipstick result is > 1+, a calculation of urine protein creatinine (UPC) ratio is required; patients must have a UPC ratio < 1.0 to participate in the study; NOTE: UPC ratio of spot urine is an estimation of the 24 urine protein excretion - a UPC ratio of 1 is roughly equivalent to a 24-hour urine protein of 1 gm
  • No known brain metastases
  • Patients who meet the following criteria will be excluded:
  • Tumors that invade major vessels (e.g. the carotid) as shown unequivocally by imaging studies
  • Central (i.e. within 2 cm from the hilum) lung metastases that are cavitary as shown unequivocally by imaging studies
  • Any prior history of bleeding related to the current head and neck cancer
  • History of gross hemoptysis (bright red blood of 1/2 teaspoon or more per episode of coughing) =< 3 months prior to enrollment
  • No history of coagulopathy or hemorrhagic disorders
  • Patients should not have a history of thrombosis (e.g. pulmonary embolism or deep venous thrombosis) currently requiring therapeutic anticoagulation (prophylactic use of warfarin 1 mg per day is allowed) and international normalized ratio (INR) should be < 1.5 at registration
  • Patients must not be receiving chronic daily treatment with aspirin (> 325 mg/day) or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agents (NSAID's) known to inhibit platelet function; the use of anti-platelet agents (e.g. dipyridamole [Persantine], ticlopidine [Ticlid], clopidogrel [Plavix]) is allowed only if patient is not receiving aspirin or NSAID's known to inhibit platelet function
  • No hypercalcemia related to head and neck cancer
  • Patients with a prior history of squamous cell or basal carcinoma of the skin or in situ cervical cancer must have been curatively treated; patients with a history of other prior malignancy must have been treated with curative intent and must have remained disease-free for 3 years post diagnosis
  • No current peripheral neuropathy >= grade 2 at time of randomization
  • Patients must not have any co-existing condition that would preclude full compliance with the study
  • No prior history of severe hypersensitivity reaction to docetaxel or other drugs formulated with polysorbate 80, if the physician's choice of chemotherapy regimen is docetaxel
  • All patients must have blood pressure =< 150/90 =< 2 weeks prior to randomization; patients with history of hypertension must be well-controlled upon study entry (=< 150/90) on a stable regimen of anti-hypertensive therapy
  • No major surgical procedure, open biopsy, or significant traumatic injury within 28 days prior to study enrollment, or anticipation of need for major surgical procedure during the course of the study
  • No unstable angina or myocardial infarction within the previous 6 months; no symptomatic congestive heart failure, New York Heart Association (NYHA) grade II or greater; no history of aortic dissection or presence of aneurysm > 6 cm (or at high risk for rupture); no serious cardiac arrhythmia requiring medication (history of chronic atrial fibrillation or other atrial arrhythmia with controlled rate on medication is allowed); no clinically significant peripheral vascular disease manifested by intermittent claudication or need for vascular intervention; no history of aortic dissection; no history of any central nervous system (CNS) cerebrovascular ischemia or stroke within the last 6 months; no active serious infection
  • Patients should not have prior history of a serious human anti-human antibody (HAHA) reaction; patients with known hypersensitivity to Chinese hamster ovary cell products or other recombinant human antibodies are not eligible
  • Women must not be pregnant or breast feeding; pregnant women are excluded from this study; women of child-bearing potential and men must agree to total abstinence or to use adequate hormonal or barrier method of birth control prior to study entry and for the duration of study participation; should a woman become pregnant or suspect she is pregnant while in this study, she should inform her treating physician immediately; all females of childbearing potential must have a blood test or urine study within 2 weeks prior to randomization to rule out pregnancy
  • Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-positive patients receiving combination anti-retroviral therapy are excluded from the study; appropriate studies will be undertaken in patients receiving combination anti-retroviral therapy when indicated
  • No history of abdominal fistula, gastrointestinal perforation, or intra-abdominal abscess within 6 months prior to registration

Trial Contact Information

Trial Lead Organizations/Sponsors

National Cancer Institute

Athanassios (Ethan) ArgirisPrincipal Investigator

Trial Sites

  La Jolla
 Rebecca and John Moores UCSD Cancer Center
 Athanassios Argiris Ph: 210-616-5798
  Los Angeles
 Kaiser Permanente Medical Center - Los Angeles
 Han A Koh Ph: 626-564-3455
 CCOP - Colorado Cancer Research Program
 Keren Sturtz Ph: 888-785-6789
  Boca Raton
 Eugene M. and Christine E. Lynn Cancer Institute at Boca Raton Community Hospital - Main Campus
 Hilary I Gomolin Ph: 561-955-6400
 Sacred Heart Medical Oncology Group
 Ranjith B Dissanayake Ph: 850-416-6316
 Emory University Hospital Midtown
 Athanassios Argiris Ph: 210-450-3838
 Kapiolani Medical Center at Pali Momi
 Jonathan K Cho Ph: 808-586-2979
 Hawaii Medical Center - East
 Jonathan K Cho Ph: 808-586-2979
 Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children
 Jonathan K Cho Ph: 808-586-2979
 OnCare Hawaii, Incorporated - Kuakini
 Jonathan K Cho Ph: 808-586-2979
 OnCare Hawaii, Incorporated - Lusitana
 Jonathan K Cho Ph: 808-586-2979
 Queen's Cancer Institute at Queen's Medical Center
 Jonathan K Cho Ph: 808-586-2979
 Straub Clinic and Hospital, Incorporated
 Jonathan K Cho Ph: 808-586-2979
 Maui Memorial Medical Center
 Jonathan K Cho Ph: 808-586-2979
 Pacific Cancer Institute - Maui
 Jonathan K Cho Ph: 808-586-2979
  La Grange
 La Grange Memorial Hospital
 Renee H. Jacobs Ph: 630-856-7526
  South Bend
 CCOP - Northern Indiana CR Consortium
 Bilal Ansari Ph: 574-237-1328
  Des Moines
 CCOP - Iowa Oncology Research Association
 Robert J Behrens Ph: 515-282-2921
 Tufts Medical Center Cancer Center
 Athanassios Argiris Ph: 210-616-5798
 CCOP - Montana Cancer Consortium
 Benjamin Thomas Marchello Ph: 800-648-6274
 CCOP - Missouri Valley Cancer Consortium
 Gamini S. Soori Ph: 402-991-8070ext202
 Methodist Estabrook Cancer Center
 Yungpo B Su Ph: 402-354-5144
 Oncology Hematology West PC
 Gamini S. Soori Ph: 402-991-8070ext202
New Jersey
 CCOP - Northern New Jersey
 Donna T McNamara Ph: 201-996-2879
New Mexico
 Lovelace Medical Center - Downtown
 Athanassios Argiris Ph: 210-616-5798
 University of New Mexico Cancer Center
 Athanassios Argiris Ph: 210-616-5798
New York
 Veterans Affairs Medical Center - Brooklyn
 Andrea Nadine Wiesel Leaf Ph: 800-877-6976
North Dakota
 Bismarck Cancer Center
 Edward J. Wos Ph: 701-323-5760
 Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute at Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center
 Athanassios Argiris Ph: 210-616-5798
  Oklahoma City
 Cancer Care Associates - West
 Athanassios Argiris Ph: 210-616-5798
 Salem Hospital Regional Cancer Care Services
 Edward Peter Orlowski Ph: 503-561-2618
 Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania
 Athanassios Argiris Ph: 210-616-5798
  West Chester
 Cancer Center of Chester County
 William E. Luginbuhl Ph: 610-431-5297
  West Reading
 McGlinn Family Regional Cancer Center at Reading Hospital and Medical Center
 Terrence P. Cescon Ph: 610-988-9323
West Virginia
 Edwards Comprehensive Cancer Center at Cabell Huntington Hospital
 Maria-Rosalia B. Tria Tirona Ph: 304-399-6617
 Langlade Memorial Hospital
 Hamied R. Rezazadeh Ph: 877-405-6866
 Columbia Saint Mary's Hospital - Ozaukee
 Charles H. I. Tiber Ph: 414-326-2675
 Columbia-Saint Mary's Cancer Care Center
 Charles H. I. Tiber Ph: 414-326-2675
 All Saints Cancer Center at Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare
 Young M Choi Ph: 414-874-4541
 University of Wisconcin Cancer Center at Aspirus Wausau Hospital
 Hamied R. Rezazadeh Ph: 877-405-6866

Link to the current record.
NLM Identifer NCT00588770 processed this data on April 15, 2015

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