This trial is active, not recruiting.

Condition head and neck cancer
Treatment paclitaxel
Phase phase 2
Sponsor Theradex
Start date September 1997
Trial size 60 participants
Trial identifier NCT00003327, BMS-TAX/MEN.05, CDR0000066279, NCI-V98-1415, THERADEX-B97-5250


RATIONALE: Drugs used in chemotherapy use different ways to stop tumor cells from dividing so they stop growing or die.

PURPOSE: Phase II trial to study the effectiveness of paclitaxel in treating patients with recurrent or refractory head and neck cancer.

United States No locations recruiting
Other Countries No locations recruiting

Study Design

Primary purpose treatment

Eligibility Criteria

Male or female participants at least 18 years old.

DISEASE CHARACTERISTICS: Histologically proven recurrent or refractory head and neck cancer Measurable or evaluable disease At least one prior chemotherapy regimen for recurrent or metastatic disease PATIENT CHARACTERISTICS: Age: 18 and over Performance status: ECOG 0-2 Life expectancy: At least 3 months Hematopoietic: Absolute granulocyte count at least 1,500/mm3 Platelet count at least 100,000/mm3 Hepatic: Bilirubin no greater than 2 mg/dL AST or ALT no greater than 2 times upper limit of normal (ULN) Renal: Creatinine no greater than 2 times ULN Calcium within normal limits Cardiovascular: No New York Heart Association class III-IV heart disease No myocardial infarction within 6 months No congestive heart failure No unstable angina No clinically significant pericardial effusions or arrhythmias Neurologic: No peripheral neuropathy greater than grade 1 Other: Not pregnant or nursing Fertile patients must use effective contraceptive method Negative pregnancy test No active infection or serious underlying medical condition No history of hypersensitivity to drugs containing Cremophor (teniposide, cyclosporine, or vitamin K) No prior invasive malignancies within the past 2 years, except: Curatively treated basal or squamous cell carcinoma of the skin Carcinoma in situ of the cervix PRIOR CONCURRENT THERAPY: Biologic therapy: At least 3 weeks since prior immunotherapy No concurrent immunotherapy Chemotherapy: See Disease Characteristics At least 5 weeks since prior nitrosoureas, melphalan, or mitomycin At least 3 weeks since other prior chemotherapy Prior taxane therapy allowed only if administered on a 3 week or greater schedule No concurrent chemotherapy Endocrine therapy: At least 3 weeks since prior hormonal therapy Concurrent megestrol (Megace) allowed No other concurrent hormonal therapy Radiotherapy: At least 3 weeks since prior radiotherapy No prior radiotherapy to greater than 30% of bone marrow No concurrent radiotherapy Surgery: At least 3 weeks since major surgery Other: At least 1 week since prior parenteral antibiotics

Additional Information

Official title A Phase II Trial of Paclitaxel (TAXOL) Administered as a Weekly One Hour Infusion in Previously Treated Patients With Advanced Head and Neck Cancer
Description OBJECTIVES: I. Determine the objective response rate of paclitaxel as salvage therapy in patients with recurrent or refractory head and neck cancer. II. Evaluate the safety of paclitaxel in this patient population. III. Assess the overall survival and quality of life in these patients. OUTLINE: This is an open label, multicenter, nonrandomized study. Patients receive intravenous paclitaxel over 1 hour weekly. Each course consists of four weeks. Patients receive treatment until disease progression or unacceptable toxic effects are observed. Patients are followed every 2 months for the first year, then every 4 months until completion of treatment, and then every 3 months until death. Patients complete a quality of life questionnaire prior to each of the first 6 courses, then every 2 courses thereafter. PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A total of 60 patients will be accrued for this study.
Trial information was received from ClinicalTrials.gov and was last updated in July 2008.
Information provided to ClinicalTrials.gov by National Cancer Institute (NCI).