Combination Treatment of S-1 With Paclitaxel in Advanced Esophageal Cancer
Conditions
Esophageal Cancer
Conditions: official terms
Esophageal Neoplasms
Conditions: Keywords
Esophageal cancer, Chemotherapy, Efficacy, Toxicity
Study Type
Interventional
Study Phase
Phase 2/Phase 3
Study Design
Allocation: Randomized, Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Open Label, Primary Purpose: Treatment
Intervention
Name: S-1 and Paclitaxel Type: Drug
Name: Paclitaxel and Cisplatin Type: Drug
Name: 5-FU and Cisplatin Type: Drug
Overall Status
Recruiting
Summary
Esophageal cancer is one of the common malignant disease, especially in China. The annual incidence of esophageal squamous cell carcinoma is 260,000 with the motility of 210,000. The prognosis of esophageal cancer is very poor. About 50% of patients have advanced disease at diagnosis and the natural course is only 6-8 months with a 5-year survival rate of 5-7%. Though some patients received surgical treatment, disease will recurrent and metastasis in nearly 90% of the patients.

In past decades, there isn't much improvement of the outcome and survival of advanced esophageal cancer due to the lack of effective chemotherapy agents. The traditional chemotherapy drugs include 5-fluorouracil and cisplatin and the combination of them results in a 25-35% response rate in both first-line and palliative treatment. Paclitaxel plus cisplatin regiment is another promising treatment of esophageal cancer and have been proved effective in many studies. One of our previous study showed paclitaxel and cisplatin treatment resulted in encouraging response rate with manageable side-effects in 131 patients of advanced esophageal cancer.

However, the toxicities of paclitaxel and cisplatin limit their combination in clinic. For example, the polyoxyethylene castor oil paclitaxel could induce acute hypersensitivity reactions and neurotoxicity. Cisplatin could result in dysfunction of kidney and neurotoxicity. In addition, most of esophageal cancer patients are age 65 to 70. Many of them have simultaneously other diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, and chronic kidney disease which cause varying damages of renal function and limit the use of cisplatin in these patients. Therefore, it is urgent for doctors to seek an alternative of cisplatin in the combination chemotherapy treatment.

Therefore, the investigators designed this randomized clinical trial in which a novel combination of S-1 with paclitaxel is used to treat advanced esophageal cancer patients in compare with paclitaxel/cisplatin and 5-FU/cisplatin treatment to explore its efficacy and toxicity. The investigators hope this study will provide some clues for the treatment of esophageal cancer patients.
Detailed Description
Esophageal cancer is one of the common malignant tumors, especially in China and the annual incidence of esophageal squamous cell carcinoma is 260,000 with the motility of 210,000. In western countries, the incidence of esophageal adenocarcinoma (esophageal - gastric junction carcinoma) now dramatically increased than in the past. The pathological types of highest incidences are changing from esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (Esophageal Squamous Cell Carcinoma, ESCC) to esophageal adenocarcinoma (Esophageal adenocarcinoma, EAC) whose incidence is about 60-70%. But in Asia, esophageal squamous cell carcinoma is still the dominant pathological type, accounting for more than 95%. The prognosis of esophageal cancer is very poor. About 50% of patients have advanced disease at diagnosis and the natural course is only 6-8 months with a 5-year survival rate of 5-7%. In addition, though some patients received surgical treatment, disease will recurrent and metastasis in nearly 90% of the patients. For those patients in early stage (T1), there are still nearly 50% of patients relapse within 5 years. Therefore, in recent years, doctors and researchers in different countries are continued to seek effective treatment to improve the quality of life of patients with esophageal cancer and prolong survival.

In past decades, there isn't much improvement of the outcome and survival of advanced esophageal cancer due to the lack of effective chemotherapy agents. The traditional chemotherapy drugs to treat esophageal cancer include 5 - fluorouracil and cisplatin and the combination of them results in a 25-35% response rate in both first-line and palliative treatment. And this combing is still the traditional chemotherapy regimens and wildly used in clinical studies to treat both esophageal gland, squamous cell carcinoma of the clinical study.

Paclitaxel plus cisplatin regiment is another promising treatment of esophageal cancer and have been proved effective in a lot of studies. This combination has become a standard treatment of esophageal cancer, especially the esophageal squamous cell carcinoma. In one of our previous study, paclitaxel and cisplatin treatment showed encouraging clinical results with manageable side-effects in 131 patients of advanced esophageal cancer. These investigations have fully proved the efficacy and feasibility of the combination of paclitaxel with cisplatin regiment in the treatment of esophageal cancer. However, the lower solubility of paclitaxel limited its direct intravenous use. To solve this problem, the paclitaxel must inject with an addition of the surfactant polyoxyethylene castor oil. Polyoxyethylene castor oil paclitaxel could induce high incidence of acute hypersensitivity reactions, ie. severe allergic reactions, kidney damage, and neurotoxicity and cardiovascular toxicity which is characterized by axonal degeneration and demyelination. Though proper preventive treatment will greatly reduce the incidence of allergy, there are still a small number of patients have allergy reaction.

As the investigators all know, the main adverse of cisplatin is the renal toxicity. The peak age of esophageal cancer patients are age 65 to 70 and many of them have simultaneously other diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, and chronic kidney disease which cause varying damages of renal function and limit the use of cisplatin in these patients. Therefore, it is urgent and crucial for doctors to seek an alternative of cisplatin in the combination chemotherapy treatment. There haven't well designed large scale clinical trials to evidence the non-platinum treatment in esophageal cancer. Therefore, the investigators designed this randomized clinical trial in which a novel combination of S-1 with paclitaxel is used to treat advanced esophageal cancer patients in compare with paclitaxel/cisplatin and 5-FU/cisplatin treatment to explore its efficacy and toxicity. The investigators hope this study will provide some clues for the treatment of esophageal cancer patients.
Criteria for eligibility
Healthy Volunteers: No
Maximum Age: 75 Years
Minimum Age: 18 Years
Gender: Both
Criteria: Inclusion Criteria:

- Patients who have histologically confirmed diagnosis of esophageal cancer without prior palliative treatment or an interval of at least 6 months from the last operation, adjuvant radiation therapy and adjuvant chemotherapy. If patients received adjuvant chemotherapy, paclitaxel and cisplatin must be excluded from the regiment or the total dosage of cisplatin must be less than 300mg/m2.

- - Patients must be 18 to 75 years old and both genders are eligible.

- - Patients must have measurable or evaluable disease with at least one tumor mass maximum diameter ≥10mm by multi-slice spiral CT or MR scan. If ordinary CT scan is used the tumor mass maximum diameter must ≥ 2cm. Imaging exam must be performed within 15 days from enrollment.

- - Patients must have an expected life expectancy of ≥ 3 months

- - Patients must have a performance status of ≥ 80 on the Karnofsky scale

- - Patients must have normal marrow function and the blood tests must be collected within 7 days from enrollment with a hemoglobin (HGB) of ≥90g/L, an white blood cell (WBC) counts of ≥4.0×109/L,a neutrophil count of ≥2.0×109/L, , a platelet count of ≥100×109/L, a total bilirubin (TBil) of ≤1.0 upper normal limitation (UNL), a creatinine (Cr) of ≤ 1.0 UNL, alanine aminotransferase (ALAT) and aspartate aminotransferase (ASAT) of ≤2.5 UNL, Alkaline phosphatase (AKP) ≤5.0 UNL. For patients with liver metastasis, the ASAT/ALAT must be ≤5.0 UNL.

- - Patients must have normal electrocardiogram results and no history of congestive heart failure.

- - Patients must be with good compliance and agree to accept follow-up of disease progression and adverse events.

- - Patients must give written informed consent signed voluntarily by patients themselves or their supervisors witted by doctors

Exclusion Criteria:

- Patients who have received prior palliative treatment or less than 6 months from the last operation, adjuvant radiotherapy, adjuvant chemotherapy.

- Previous treatment regiment involve paclitaxel and S-1

- Tumor mass >10mm by CT or MR scan. The total area of metastatic tumor lesions in liver is over 50% of whole liver or the total area of metastatic tumor lesions in lung is over 25% of whole lung.

- Patients without measurable or evaluable disease, for example cavity effusion or diffusive metastasis of organs.

- Patients with history of other tumors except for those of cervical carcinoma in situ or skin basal cell carcinoma who had been completely treated and without relapse in last 5 years.

- Patients with serious diseases such as congestive heart failure, uncontrolled myocardial infarction and arrhythmia, liver failure and renal failure.

- Patients with only brain metastasis or bone metastasis

- Patients with chronic diarrhea

- Patients with neurological or psychiatric abnormalities including metastasis of the central nervous system that affect cognitive.

- Pregnant or lactated women (premenopausal women must give urine pregnancy test before enrollment).
Location
Beijing Cancer Hospital, Peking University Cancer Hospital
Beijing, China
Status: Recruiting
Contact: Xiaodong Zhang, MD - +86-10-88196956 - vm26@netease.com
Start Date
August 2012
Completion Date
December 2015
Sponsors
Peking University
Source
Peking University
Record processing date
ClinicalTrials.gov processed this data on July 28, 2015
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