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ZD 1839 in Treating Patients With Metastatic or Recurrent Cancer of the Head and Neck

2014-07-23 21:55:59 | BioPortfolio

Summary

RATIONALE: Biological therapies such as ZD 1839 may interfere with the growth of tumor cells and slow the growth of head and neck cancer.

PURPOSE: Phase II trial to study the effectiveness of ZD1839 in treating patients who have metastatic or recurrent cancer of the head and neck.

Description

OBJECTIVES: I. Determine the activity of ZD 1839 in patients with metastatic or recurrent squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck. II. Determine the effectiveness of this regimen in these patients. III. Determine the toxicity of this regimen in these patients.

OUTLINE: This is a multicenter study. Patients receive oral ZD 1839 once daily on days 1-28. Treatment repeats every 28 days in the absence of disease progression or unacceptable toxicity. Patients are followed every 3 months.

PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A total of 22-46 patients will be accrued for this study within 1-2 years.

Study Design

Primary Purpose: Treatment

Conditions

Head and Neck Cancer

Intervention

gefitinib

Location

Louis A. Weiss Memorial Hospital
Chicago
Illinois
United States
60640

Status

Completed

Source

National Cancer Institute (NCI)

Results (where available)

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Published on BioPortfolio: 2014-07-23T21:55:59-0400

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