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RATIONALE: Drugs used in chemotherapy, such as capecitabine, work in different ways to stop tumor cells from dividing so they stop growing or die. Giving capecitabine after surgery may kill any remaining tumor cells.
- Determine 2-year disease-free survival of patients treated with surgical salvage followed by adjuvant low-dose capecitabine for locally recurrent or persistent squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck .
- Determine the toxic effects of this drug in these patients.
- Determine 2-year overall survival of patients treated with this drug.
- Determine patterns of disease relapse in patients treated with this drug.
OUTLINE: This is a multicenter study.
Patients receive oral capecitabine once daily for 12 months in the absence of disease progression or unacceptable toxicity.
After completion of study treatment, patients are followed periodically.
PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A total of 70 patients will be accrued for this study within 2 years.
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Recurrent Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Lip and Oral Cavity
capecitabine, adjuvant therapy, chemotherapy
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Published on BioPortfolio: 2014-08-27T03:53:57-0400
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