Trial of Radiotherapy and Panitumumab in Salivary Gland Malignancies

2014-07-23 21:12:40 | BioPortfolio


Standard therapy for high-risk or locally advanced salivary gland malignancies is surgery followed by postoperative radiation therapy. Retrospective studies have shown the superiority of combined modality therapy compared to surgery alone for patients with advanced T or N stage. Despite the addition of postoperative radiation therapy, the five-year survival for locally advanced salivary gland malignancies is poor (less than 60%). In salivary gland malignancies, the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) is expressed in 25-85%; in certain histological types, like salivary duct carcinomas, the expression is higher. EGFR is a promising target of anticancer therapy. In squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck, a phase III trial utilizing cetuximab added to radiation therapy improved both locoregional control and overall survival compared to radiation alone. Panitumumab is a novel, human, IgG2 EGFR monoclonal antibody that may be better tolerated and more efficacious than cetuximab. Here, the investigators suggest that the addition of panitumumab to standard radiotherapy in locally-advanced salivary gland malignancies will improve recurrence-free survival (RFS).

Study Design

Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment, Masking: Open Label, Primary Purpose: Treatment


High-risk Salivary Gland Malignancies


Radiation, Panitumumab


UPMC Cancer Center - Teramana Cancer Center - Steubenville
United States


Not yet recruiting


University of Pittsburgh

Results (where available)

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Published on BioPortfolio: 2014-07-23T21:12:40-0400

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Medical and Biotech [MESH] Definitions

Calculi occurring in a salivary gland. Most salivary gland calculi occur in the submandibular gland, but can also occur in the parotid gland and in the sublingual and minor salivary glands.

Glands that secrete SALIVA in the MOUTH. There are three pairs of salivary glands (PAROTID GLAND; SUBLINGUAL GLAND; SUBMANDIBULAR GLAND).

A fistula between a salivary duct or gland and the cutaneous surface of the oral cavity.

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