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Gemcitabine in Treating Patients With Recurrent or Metastatic Adenoid Cystic Cancer of the Head and Neck

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT00017498
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : January 27, 2003
Last Update Posted : September 24, 2012
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer - EORTC

Brief Summary:

RATIONALE: Drugs used in chemotherapy use different ways to stop tumor cells from dividing so they stop growing or die.

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

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Head and Neck Cancer Drug: gemcitabine hydrochloride Phase 2

Detailed Description:


  • Assess the therapeutic activity of gemcitabine, in terms of objective response and duration of response, in patients with recurrent or metastatic adenoid cystic carcinoma of the head and neck.
  • Determine the acute toxicity of this drug in these patients.

OUTLINE: This is a multicenter study.

Patients receive gemcitabine IV over 30-60 minutes on days 1 and 8. Treatment repeats every 21 days for a maximum of 12 courses in the absence of disease progression or unacceptable toxicity.

Patients are followed every 12 weeks until disease progression and then every 6 months thereafter.

PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A total of 16-29 patients will be accrued for this study.

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 21 participants
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Phase II Study On Gemcitabine In Recurrent Or Metastatic Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma Of The Head And Neck
Study Start Date : February 2001
Actual Primary Completion Date : April 2003

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No


  • Histologically confirmed metastatic or recurrent adenoid cystic carcinoma of the head and neck for which no curative options exist

    • Symptomatic and/or progressive disease
  • At least 1 unidimensionally measurable lesion

    • At least 20 mm by conventional techniques OR
    • At least 10 mm by spiral CT scan
    • No bone metastases as only lesion
    • Prior radiotherapy to only target lesion allowed if it has progressed or reappeared after radiotherapy
  • No CNS metastases



  • 18 and over

Performance status:

  • WHO 0-2

Life expectancy:

  • Not specified


  • WBC at least 3,500/mm^3
  • Absolute neutrophil count at least 1,500/mm^3
  • Platelet count at least 100,000/mm^3
  • Hemoglobin at least 10 g/dL


  • Bilirubin no greater than 1.25 times upper limit of normal (ULN) (2.5 times ULN if liver metastases present)
  • AST or ALT less than 3 times ULN (5 times ULN if liver metastases present)


  • Creatinine no greater than 1.7 mg/dL


  • No uncontrolled infection
  • No concurrent serious systemic disorders that would preclude study
  • No other prior or concurrent malignancy except:

    • Adequately treated carcinoma in situ of the cervix
    • Basal cell or squamous cell skin cancer
    • Any malignancy that occurred more than 5 years ago with no symptoms or signs of recurrence (except malignant melanoma, hypernephroma, or breast carcinoma)
  • No psychological, familial, sociological, or geographical condition that would preclude study compliance
  • Not pregnant or nursing
  • Fertile patients must use effective contraception


Biologic therapy:

  • No concurrent immunotherapy


  • No prior chemotherapy
  • No other concurrent chemotherapy

Endocrine therapy:

  • No concurrent anti-estrogen therapy
  • Concurrent steroid replacement or steroids as an antiemetic allowed


  • See Disease Characteristics
  • At least 3 months since prior radiotherapy except for palliative radiotherapy to bone lesions
  • No concurrent radiotherapy


  • Not specified


  • At least 1 month since prior investigational agents
  • No other concurrent experimental medications

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00017498

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Institut Jules Bordet
Brussels, Belgium, 1000
Universitair Ziekenhuis Antwerpen
Edegem, Belgium, B-2650
U.Z. Gasthuisberg
Leuven, Belgium, B-3000
Ospedale Santa Croce
Cuneo, Italy, 12100
Istituto Nazionale per lo Studio e la Cura dei Tumori
Milan, Italy, 20133
Vrije Universiteit Medisch Centrum
Amsterdam, Netherlands, 1007 MB
University Medical Center Nijmegen
Nijmegen, Netherlands, NL-6500 HB
Sponsors and Collaborators
European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer - EORTC
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Study Chair: Pieter H. M. de Mulder, MD, PhD Universitair Medisch Centrum St. Radboud - Nijmegen
Publications of Results:
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Responsible Party: European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer - EORTC Identifier: NCT00017498    
Other Study ID Numbers: EORTC-24982
First Posted: January 27, 2003    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: September 24, 2012
Last Verified: September 2012
Keywords provided by European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer - EORTC:
stage IV salivary gland cancer
recurrent salivary gland cancer
salivary gland adenoid cystic carcinoma
stage IV adenoid cystic carcinoma of the oral cavity
recurrent adenoid cystic carcinoma of the oral cavity
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Carcinoma, Adenoid Cystic
Neoplasms, Glandular and Epithelial
Neoplasms by Histologic Type
Antimetabolites, Antineoplastic
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Antineoplastic Agents
Antiviral Agents
Anti-Infective Agents
Enzyme Inhibitors
Immunosuppressive Agents
Immunologic Factors
Physiological Effects of Drugs