Randomized Phase II Trial of Neoadjuvant Docetaxel Plus Cisplatin and 5-fluorouracil Followed by Concomitant Chemoradiotherapy and Chemoradiotherapy Alone in Patients With Locally Advanced Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Head and Neck.
- Histologically or cytologically proven squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck.
- Primary tumor sites eligible: oral cavity, oropharynx, hypopharynx. Although they are
admittedly of squamous cell types, the following tumors will be excluded because of
theY responsiveness to chemotherapy: tumors of the nasal and paranasal cavities,
larynx and of the nasopharynx.
- Stage III or IV disease without evidence of distant metastases verified by chest X
Ray and/or lung CT scan, abdominal ultrasound, or CT (liver function test
abnormalities); bone scan in case of local symptoms.
- At least one measurable lesion.
- Tumor considered inoperable after evaluation by a multidisciplinary team (i.e. a
surgeon, a medical oncologist and a radiation oncologist).
- No previous chemotherapy or radiotherapy for any reason and no previous surgery for
squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck patients (other than biopsy) are allowed
at time of study entry.
- Karnofsky performance status ≥ 70.
- No active alcohol addiction.
- Adequate bone marrow, hepatic and renal functions
- Patients must be available for treatment and follow-up.
- Pregnant or lactating women or women of childbearing potential not using adequate
- Previous or current malignancies at other sites, with the exception of adequately
treated in situ carcinoma of the cervix uteri, basal or squamous cell carcinoma of
the skin, or other cancer curatively treated by surgery and with no evidence of
disease for at least 5 years.
- Symptomatic peripheral neuropathy ≥ grade 2
- Symptomatic altered hearing ≥ grade 2
- Other serious illnesses or medical conditions including:a) Unstable cardiac disease
despite treatment, myocardial infarction within 6 months prior to study entry.b)
History of significant neurologic or psychiatric disorders including dementia or
seizures.c) Active uncontrolled infection.d) Active peptic ulcer.e) Hypercalcemia.f)
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease requiring hospitalization during the year
preceding study entry
- History of hypersensitivity reaction to polysorbate 80
- Patients requiring intravenous alimentation.
- Patients who experienced a weight loss of more than 20% of their body weight in the 3
months preceding study entry.
- Concomitant treatment with any other anticancer therapy.
- Participation in a therapeutic clinical trial within 30 days of study entry
The above information is not intended to contain all considerations relevant to a
patient's potential participation in a clinical trial.