Testing Docetaxel-Cetuximab or the Addition of an Immunotherapy Drug, Atezolizumab, to the Usual Chemotherapy and Radiation Therapy in High-Risk Head and Neck Cancer

Clinical Trial Title

RTOG-1216: Randomized Phase II/III Trial of Adjuvant Radiation Therapy with Cisplatin, Docetaxel-Cetuximab, or Cisplatin-Atezolizumab in Pathologic High-Risk Squamous Cell Cancer of the Head and Neck

National Clinical Trial Number:

NCT01810913

Contact Information

Rush Cancer Center Clinical Trials Office

Clinical Trial Protocol Description:

This phase II/III trial studies how well radiation therapy works when given together with cisplatin, docetaxel, cetuximab, and/or atezolizumab after surgery in treating patients with high-risk stage III-IV head and neck cancer that begins in the thin, flat cells (squamous cell).

Specialized radiation therapy that delivers a high dose of radiation directly to the tumor may kill more tumor cells and cause less damage to normal tissue. Drugs used in chemotherapy, such as cisplatin and docetaxel, work in different ways to stop the growth of tumor cells, either by killing the cells or by stopping them from dividing. Cetuximab is a monoclonal antibody that may interfere with the ability of tumor cells to grow and spread. Immunotherapy with monoclonal antibodies, such as atezolizumab, may help the body's immune system attack the cancer, and may interfere with the ability of tumor cells to grow and spread.

The purpose of this study is to compare the usual treatment (radiation therapy with cisplatin chemotherapy) to using radiation therapy with docetaxel and cetuximab chemotherapy, and using the usual treatment plus an immunotherapy drug, atezolizumab.

Clinical Trial Eligibility Criteria:

In order to participate you must meet the following criteria:

  • Have pathologically proven diagnosis of head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) involving the oral cavity, oropharynx, larynx, or hypopharynx.
  • Have at least one of the following high-risk pathologic features: extracapsular nodal extension or invasive cancer at the primary tumor resection margin (tumor on ink).
  • Have undergone gross total surgical resection of high risk oral cavity, oropharynx, larynx, or hypopharynx within 63 days of registration.
  • Have not received prior radiotherapy to the region of the study cancer that would result in overlap of radiation therapy fields.

This is a partial list of eligibility requirements. To inquire about your eligibility, please call the contact number provided. If you wish to inquire via email, please include the title of the study in your message.

Study Details

Clinical Trial Investigator

Nikhil Joshi, MD

Contact Information

Rush Cancer Center Clinical Trials Office

Location

Rush University Medical Center

1620 W Harrison St
Chicago, IL 60612

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