Intensity-Modulated Radiation Therapy and Gemcitabine in Treating Patients With Locally Advanced Pancreatic Cancer
RATIONALE: Specialized radiation therapy that delivers a high dose of radiation directly to the tumor may kill more tumor cells and cause less damage to normal tissue. Drugs used in chemotherapy, such as gemcitabine, work in different ways to stop the growth of tumor cells, either by killing the cells or by stopping them from dividing. Giving intensity-modulated radiation therapy together with gemcitabine may kill more tumor cells.
PURPOSE: This phase I/II trial is studying the side effects and best dose of intensity-modulated radiation therapy and to see how well it works when given together with gemcitabine in treating patients with locally advanced pancreatic cancer.
Drug: gemcitabine hydrochloride
Radiation: intensity-modulated radiation therapy
|Study Design:||Allocation: Non-Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
|Official Title:||Phase I/II Radiotherapy Dose Escalation Study in Locally Advanced Pancreatic Cancer, Using a Simultaneous Intensity Modulated Boost With Concurrent Gemcitabine|
- Maximum tolerated dose of intensity-modulated radiotherapy (Phase I) [ Time Frame: 4 years ] [ Designated as safety issue: Yes ]
- Overall survival (Phase II) [ Time Frame: 4 years ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
- Disease-free survival (Phase II) [ Time Frame: 4 years ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
|Study Start Date:||April 2009|
|Estimated Study Completion Date:||March 2013|
|Estimated Primary Completion Date:||March 2013 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
Drug: gemcitabine hydrochloride
Dose escalation levels (cohorts) for this study:
Dose Level 1: GTV plus drainage areas 45 Gy, Boost GTV 50.4 Gy Dose Level 2: GTV plus drainage areas 45 Gy, Boost GTV 54.0 Gy Dose Level 3: GTV plus drainage areas 45 Gy, Boost GTV 59.4 Gy Dose Level 4: GTV plus drainage areas 45 Gy, Boost GTV 64.8 Gy Dose Level 5: GTV plus drainage areas 45 Gy, Boost GTV 70.2 Gy
- To determine the maximum tolerated dose (MTD) of intensity-modulated radiotherapy delivered to the gross tumor volume when administered with gemcitabine hydrochloride in patients with locally advanced pancreatic carcinoma. (Phase I)
- To define the dose-limiting toxicities of this regimen in these patients. (Phase I)
- To determine the local control in patients treated at the MTD (determined in phase I). (Phase II)
- To compare the disease-free survival and time to progression in these patients with that of historical controls. (Phase II)
OUTLINE: This is a multicenter phase I, dose-escalation study of intensity-modulated radiotherapy, followed by a phase II study.
- Induction chemotherapy: Patients receive gemcitabine hydrochloride IV on days 1, 8, and 15. Treatment repeats every 28 days for 2 courses in the absence of disease progression or unacceptable toxicity. Patients then undergo CT scan. Patients with no evidence of metastatic disease proceed to chemoradiotherapy.
- Chemoradiotherapy: Beginning 1-2 weeks after completion of induction chemotherapy, patients undergo intensity-modulated radiotherapy once daily 5 days a week and gemcitabine hydrochloride IV over 30 minutes once weekly for 5 weeks in the absence of disease progression or unacceptable toxicity. Patients whose disease remains unresectable proceed to adjuvant chemotherapy.
- Adjuvant chemotherapy: Beginning 4-6 weeks after completion of chemoradiotherapy, patients receive gemcitabine hydrochloride as in induction chemotherapy.
After completion of study treatment, patients are followed every 3 months for 1 year, every 6 months for 2 years, and then annually thereafter.
|United States, New Jersey|
|Cancer Institute of New Jersey at UMDNJ - Robert Wood Johnson Medical School|
|New Brunswick, New Jersey, United States, 08903|
|Principal Investigator:||Salma Jabbour, MD||Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey|