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Radiation Therapy in Treating Patients With Head and Neck Cancer

2014-07-23 21:55:49 | BioPortfolio

Summary

RATIONALE: Radiation therapy uses high-energy x-rays to damage tumor cells. It is not yet known which regimen of radiation therapy is more effective for head and neck cancer.

PURPOSE: Randomized phase III trial to compare the effectiveness of different regimens of radiation therapy in treating patients who have head and neck cancer.

Description

OBJECTIVES:

- Compare adjuvant continuous hyperfractionated accelerated radiotherapy vs conventional radiotherapy, in terms of preventing disease recurrence, in patients with head and neck cancer.

- Compare the early and late toxic effects of these treatments in this patient population.

- Compare disease-free and overall survival of patients receiving these treatments.

- Assess quality of life in patients receiving these treatments.

OUTLINE: This is a randomized, multicenter study. Patients are randomized to one of two treatment arms.

- Arm I: Patients undergo radiotherapy 3 times daily, with an interval of at least 6 hours between any 2 treatments, 5 days a week, for just over 2 weeks, for a total of 13-14 treatment days.

- Arm II: Patients undergo radiotherapy daily, 5 days a week, for 6-6.5 weeks. Quality of life is assessed at baseline and then annually for 5 years.

Patients are followed every 3 months for 3 years, every 6 months for 2 years, and then annually thereafter.

PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A total of 460 patients (230 per arm) will be accrued for this study within 2-3 years.

Study Design

Primary Purpose: Treatment

Conditions

Head and Neck Cancer

Intervention

adjuvant therapy, radiation therapy

Location

Mount Vernon Cancer Centre at Mount Vernon Hospital
Northwood
England
United Kingdom
HA6 2RN

Status

Completed

Source

National Cancer Institute (NCI)

Results (where available)

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Published on BioPortfolio: 2014-07-23T21:55:49-0400

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