Phase II/III Study Compare Adjuvant Chemoradiotherapy, Radiotherapy and Surgery Alone for Esophageal Carcinoma
Esophageal Neoplasms - Esophageal Cancer
Conditions: official terms
Esophageal Neoplasms
Conditions: Keywords
StageⅡB-Ⅲ esophageal cancer, adjuvant radiotherapy, adjuvant chemoradiotherapy
Study Type
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
Name: Adjuvant Chemoradiation Type: Radiation
Name: Adjuvant Radiation Type: Radiation
Name: Paclitaxel Type: Drug
Name: Cisplatin Type: Drug
Overall Status
This phase III trial is studying how well the combination of chemoradiation or radiation works in resected locally advanced cancer of the esophagus or gastroesophageal junction.
Detailed Description
Although preoperative chemoradiation therapy followed by surgery is the most common approach for patients with resectable esophageal cancer, considerable number of esophageal cancer patients received operation as the first treatment modality. Accordingly, postoperative treatments have always been playing an important role because of the poor survival rates of the patients in stage ⅡB[UICC 7th edition] -Ⅲ[UICC 7th edition] who have been treated with resection alone. The existing data shows that the 5-yeal survival rate of stageⅡB-Ⅲ of thoracic esophageal squamous cell carcinoma(TESCC) after surgery is merely about 28.4% ,and locoregional lymph nodes metastases is responsible for the main cause of failure. While we have proved the value of prophylactic radiation therapy after radical esophagectomy for esophageal carcinoma with positive lymph node metastases and stage Ⅲ disease (UICC 6th edition) under the conventional 2-dimensional radiotherapy methods in subset analysis of prospective randomized clinical trial. For patients with positive lymph nodes, 5 year survival after surgery alone was 28.4%, median overall survival was 24 months, recurrence patterns were 34.6% in mediastinal lymph nodes,13.3% in supraclavicular lymph nodes,10% in abdominal lymph nodes. Distant metastases occurred in 21% patients. Adjuvant radiotherapy significantly reduced the recurrence in mediastinal lymph nodes(13.4%), supraclavicular lymph nodes (6.1%). However distant metastases rate increased to 30.7%. Chemotherapy may be vital for these patients. Chen reported that 5 year overall survival rates for the chemoradiotherapy group and radiotherapy group were 47.4% and 38.6% (P=0.03). Based on our studies, treatment failure occurred in 8% patients because of celiac metastases. Small radiation field by omitting celiac drainage region may ensure patients to accept 2 cycles of concurrent chemotherapy for lower toxicity.
Criteria for eligibility
Healthy Volunteers: No
Maximum Age: 68 Years
Minimum Age: 18 Years
Gender: Both
Criteria: Inclusion Criteria:

1. KPS≥70

2. Diagnosis of stage ⅡB or Ⅲ thoracic esophageal cancer

3. Complete resection

4. Adequate organ function:

Hematopoietic Absolute granulocyte count at least 1,500/mm^3 Platelet count at least 150,000/mm^3 Hemoglobin at least 10 g/dL Hepatic Not specified Renal Creatinine no greater than 1.5 mg/dL AND/OR Creatinine clearance at least 65 mL/min Calcium no greater than 11 mg/dL Cardiovascular No uncontrolled heart disease No uncontrolled hypertension

Exclusion Criteria:

1. Uncontrolled diabetes

2. Interval between surgery and adjuvant therapy more than 3 months

3. Sign of recurrence on CT scan or ultrasound or PET-CT No palpable subclavicular lymph nodes or involvement after cytology needle aspiration No lymph nodes greater than 1 cm on CT scan

4. With Weight loss greater than 10% from baseline

5. With other prior or concurrent malignancy except basal cell skin cancer or carcinoma in situ of the cervix

6. Be pregnant
Cancer Institute and Hospital, Chinese Academy of Medical Science
Beijing, Beijing, China
Status: Recruiting
Contact: Zefen Xiao, MD - 8610-87787463 -
Start Date
October 2014
Completion Date
October 2022
Zefen Xiao
Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences
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