This trial is active, not recruiting.

Condition head and neck cancer
Treatment temoporfin
Phase phase 2
Sponsor Quintiles
Start date October 1998
Trial size 75 participants
Trial identifier NCT00003856, CDR0000067019, NCI-V99-1539, QUINT-009.003.08b, SCOTIA-QUINT-009.003.08b


RATIONALE: Photodynamic therapy uses light and drugs that make cancer cells more sensitive to light to kill tumor cells. This may be an effective palliative treatment for head and neck cancer.

PURPOSE: Phase II trial to study the effectiveness of photodynamic therapy for palliative treatment in patients who have recurrent, refractory, or second primary head and neck cancer that cannot be treated with surgery or radiation therapy.

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 confirmed recurrent, refractory, or second primary squamous cell cancer of the head and neck that is incurable with surgery or radiotherapy Any N, Any M, single or multiple tumor(s) Locally accessible, discrete tumor(s) by CT or MRI scan Must be considered incurable with surgery or radiotherapy, for example: Distant disease (e.g., lung and/or liver metastases) OR Cervical disease fixed to surrounding structures (e.g., carotid artery or prevertebral fascia) OR Metastases in the site of prior radiotherapy OR Not suitable for anesthesia or reconstructive surgery OR Multiple cutaneous metastases PATIENT CHARACTERISTICS: Age: Over 18 Performance status: Karnofsky 60-100% Life expectancy: Not specified Hematopoietic: Not specified Hepatic: Not specified Renal: Not specified Other: No disease exacerbated by light, including systemic lupus erythematosus, psoriasis, porphyria, actinic reticuloid, or xeroderma pigmentosum Not pregnant or nursing Negative pregnancy test Fertile patients must use effective contraception PRIOR CONCURRENT THERAPY: Biologic therapy: Not specified Chemotherapy: At least 30 days since prior chemotherapy (6 weeks since nitrosoureas) Endocrine therapy: Concurrent steroid therapy allowed Radiotherapy: At least 30 days since prior radiotherapy to the head and neck Surgery: At least 30 days since prior surgery and recovered Other: At least 30 days since prior light activated therapy or medication (e.g.,PUVA or Accutane) No prior photodynamic therapy At least 30 days since prior experimental drugs

Additional Information

Official title A Multicenter, Multi-National, Open-Label, Single Group, Single and Multiple Dose Study of Foscan-Mediated Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) for the Palliative Treatment of Recurrent, Refractory or Second Primary Squamous Cell Carcinomas of the Head and Neck in Patients Considered to be Incurable With Surgery or Radiotherapy
Description OBJECTIVES: I. Determine the individual clinical benefit of temoporfin-mediated photodynamic therapy for palliative treatment in patients with recurrent, refractory, or second primary squamous cell cancer of the head and neck. II. Determine the improvement in global, functional, and symptomatic measures of quality of life in these patients. III. Determine the toxic effects, tolerability, and safety of this regimen in these patients. IV. Determine the population pharmacokinetics, objective tumor response (complete and partial), and the 1 year survival of these patients on this regimen. OUTLINE: This is a multicenter study. Patients receive IV temoporfin on day -4, followed by laser light therapy on day 0. Patients are treated every 4 to 16 weeks for a maximum of 3 courses. Patients are evaluated on days 1, 2, 7, and weeks 2, 4, 6, 8, 12, and 16 following laser light therapy. Quality of life is assessed at baseline through week 12 of follow-up. Patients are followed monthly for 4 months after the final treatment, then every 3 months for 1 year. PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A minimum of 50 prospective and 25 retrospective patients will be accrued for this study.
Trial information was received from ClinicalTrials.gov and was last updated in December 2013.
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