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Trial record 8 of 125 for:    colon cancer AND Rectal | ( Map: New Jersey, United States )

Radiation Therapy and Chemotherapy Followed by Surgery and Combination Chemotherapy in Treating Patients With Rectal Cancer

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: NCT00021398
Recruitment Status : Unknown
Verified November 2016 by Fox Chase Cancer Center.
Recruitment status was:  Active, not recruiting
First Posted : April 13, 2004
Last Update Posted : November 23, 2016
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Fox Chase Cancer Center

Brief Summary:

RATIONALE: Radiation therapy uses high-energy x-rays to damage tumor cells. Drugs used in chemotherapy use different ways to stop tumor cells from dividing so they stop growing or die. Combining radiation therapy and chemotherapy may shrink the tumor so that it can be removed during surgery.

PURPOSE: Phase II trial to study the effectiveness of radiation therapy and chemotherapy followed by surgery and combination chemotherapy in treating patients who have stage II or stage III rectal cancer.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Colorectal Cancer Drug: fluorouracil Drug: leucovorin calcium Procedure: conventional surgery Radiation: radiation therapy Phase 2

Detailed Description:

OBJECTIVES: I. Determine the local recurrence rate, disease-free survival, and overall survival of patients with stage II or III rectal cancer treated with neoadjuvant radiotherapy and fluorouracil followed by surgical resection and adjuvant fluorouracil and leucovorin calcium. II. Determine the toxicity rate in patients treated with this regimen. III. Correlate failure-free survival with ultrasound-determined preoperative staging in patients treated with this regimen. IV. Determine the quality of life of patients treated with this regimen. V. Determine if toxicity due to treatment, daily stool frequency, sexual dysfunction, and disease-free survival correlates with quality of life parameters in patients treated with this regimen. VI. Correlate clinical selection criteria with ability to perform sphincter-sparing surgery in patients treated with this regimen. VII. Determine post-chemoradiotherapy pathological response, margin status, and lymph node status and correlate these factors with initial clinico-pathologic findings in patients treated with this regimen.

OUTLINE: Patients undergo pelvic radiotherapy once daily five days a week for 5 weeks followed by boost radiotherapy twice daily for 7 days. Patients also receive neoadjuvant fluorouracil IV continuously over days 1-4 and 36-40. Patients undergo surgical resection 4-6 weeks after completion of radiotherapy. At 4 weeks after surgery, patients receive adjuvant leucovorin calcium IV and fluorouracil IV once daily five days a week. Treatment continues every 4 weeks for 4 courses in the absence of disease progression or unacceptable toxicity. Quality of life is assessed at baseline, at the completion of pelvic and boost radiotherapy, at 4 weeks after completion of chemoradiotherapy (prior to surgery), and then at 3, 6, and 12 months after completion of study therapy. Patients are followed every 3 months for 2 years, every 4 months for 3 years, and then annually thereafter.

PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A total of 23-41 patients will be accrued for this study.

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 23 participants
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Phase II Study: Hyperfractionated Pre-Op Chemo-Radiation for Locally Advanced Rectal Cancer
Study Start Date : July 1996
Actual Primary Completion Date : July 2001

Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: Radiation Therapy, Chemotherapy and Surgery Drug: fluorouracil
Drug: leucovorin calcium
Procedure: conventional surgery
Radiation: radiation therapy

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Frequency of toxicity [ Time Frame: weekly during treatment ]
  2. tolerated dose of preoperative hyperfractionated radiation and concurrent chemotherapy [ Time Frame: during radiation therapy and chemotherapy ]

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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 adenocarcinoma of the rectum
  • Tumor extending through bowel wall (T3) OR
  • Fixation to surrounding structures (T4) OR
  • Nodal involvement by endorectal ultrasound (N1-2)
  • Tumor extending through bowel wall, but not fixed (T3) must be:

    • At least 4 cm or at least 40% of bowel circumference OR
    • Accompanied by nodal involvement
  • Evidence of transmural penetration confirmed by 2 of the following:

    • CT scan
    • Pelvic MRI
    • Transrectal ultrasound
    • Physical exam
  • Proximal extent of tumor must not extend higher than 12 cm above dentate line and must be below pelvic peritoneal reflexion or sacral promontory
  • Regional lymph node involvement allowed
  • No distant metastases by CT scan of abdomen and pelvis or chest x-ray


  • Age: Over 18
  • Performance status: ECOG 0-1
  • Life expectancy: At least 2 years
  • Hematopoietic:

    • Leukocyte count greater than 4,000/mm3
    • Platelet count at least 100,000/mm3
    • Hemoglobin greater than 10 g/dL
  • Hepatic:

    • SGOT and SGPT less than 1.5 times normal
    • Bilirubin less than 1.5 mg/dL
  • Renal: Creatinine less than 1.8 mg/dL
  • Other:

    • Not pregnant or nursing
    • Negative pregnancy test
    • No other prior or concurrent malignancy within the past 5 years except inactive non-melanoma skin cancer or carcinoma in situ of the cervix
    • No psychiatric condition that would preclude informed consent
    • No other serious medical illness that would limit survival


  • Biologic therapy: Not specified
  • Chemotherapy: No prior chemotherapy for rectal cancer
  • Endocrine therapy: Not specified
  • Radiotherapy: No prior radiotherapy for rectal cancer
  • Surgery: No prior surgery for rectal cancer, except diagnostic biopsy

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00021398

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United States, New Jersey
Hunterdon Regional Cancer Center
Flemington, New Jersey, United States, 08822
Kimball Medical Center
Lakewood, New Jersey, United States, 08701
Fox Chase Cancer Center at Virtua Memorial Hospital Burlington County
Mount Holly, New Jersey, United States, 08060
Riverview Medical Center
Red Bank, New Jersey, United States, 07701
Community Medical Center
Toms River, New Jersey, United States, 08755
St. Francis Medical Center
Trenton, New Jersey, United States, 08629
United States, Pennsylvania
Bon Secours-Holy Family Health System
Altoona, Pennsylvania, United States, 16602
Delaware County Memorial Hospital
Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania, United States, 19026
Pinnacle Health Hospitals
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, United States, 17105-8700
Conemaugh Memorial Hospital
Johnstown, Pennsylvania, United States, 15905
Saint Mary Regional Center
Langhorne, Pennsylvania, United States, 19047
North Penn Hospital
Lansdale, Pennsylvania, United States, 19446
Paoli Memorial Hospital
Paoli, Pennsylvania, United States, 19301-1792
Fox Chase Cancer Center
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, 19111
Pottstown Memorial Regional Cancer Center
Pottstown, Pennsylvania, United States, 19464
Reading Hospital and Medical Center
Reading, Pennsylvania, United States, 19612-6052
Southern Chester County Medical Center
West Grove, Pennsylvania, United States, 19390
Sponsors and Collaborators
Fox Chase Cancer Center
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
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Principal Investigator: Joshua Meyer, MD Fox Chase Cancer Center

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Responsible Party: Fox Chase Cancer Center Identifier: NCT00021398     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: CDR0000068776
P30CA006927 ( U.S. NIH Grant/Contract )
First Posted: April 13, 2004    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: November 23, 2016
Last Verified: November 2016
Keywords provided by Fox Chase Cancer Center:
stage II rectal cancer
stage III rectal cancer
adenocarcinoma of the rectum
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Rectal Neoplasms
Colorectal Neoplasms
Intestinal Neoplasms
Gastrointestinal Neoplasms
Digestive System Neoplasms
Neoplasms by Site
Rectal Diseases
Digestive System Diseases
Gastrointestinal Diseases
Intestinal Diseases
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Antimetabolites, Antineoplastic
Antineoplastic Agents
Immunosuppressive Agents
Immunologic Factors