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Weekly Docetaxel, Cisplatin, and Cetuximab (TPC) in Palliative Treatment of Patients With Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Head and Neck (SCCHN)

Docetaxel and cetuximab are FDA approved for the treatment of squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck. Cisplatin and carboplatin, while not FDA approved for Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Head and Neck (SCCHN), have been used as standard of care in patients with SCCHN in combination with other drugs. This study will determine if weekly cisplatin and docetaxel, in combination with cetuximab, will be effective in palliative treatment of patients with squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck. These drugs will be given intravenously weekly, repeated 3 of every 4 weeks until evidence of disease progression or unacceptable adverse events.

Stanford is currently not accepting patients for this trial.

Lead Sponsor:

Stanford University


  • Drug: Docetaxel
  • Drug: Cisplatin
  • Drug: Cetuximab
  • Drug: Carboplatin


Phase 2


Inclusion Criteria:

   - Squamous cell carcinoma of head and neck sites, including all pharynx, larynx, oral
   cavity, skin and para-nasal sinus sites. Patients with SCC of unknown primary
   presenting in the neck clinically compatible with head and neck mucosal primary sites
   are eligible.

   - Patients who have received prior chemoradiation, radiation, and/ or surgery in the
   potentially curative setting are eligible as long as 3 months has elapsed since the
   end of the potentially curative treatment ended.

   - Patients must be greater than 16 years old.

   - ECOG Performance Status < 3 at enrollment is required.

   - Laboratory value requirements at enrollment:

      - Absolute neutrophil count > 1500/mm3

      - Platelet count >100K/mm3

      - Hemoglobin > 8 g/dL

      - AST and ALT < 2.5 x ULN unless liver metastases documented. In this latter case,
      AST and ALT < 5 x ULN required.

      - Total Bilirubin < 1.5 x ULN unless the patient has Gilbert's syndrome, in which
      case T. Bilirubin < 2.5 x ULN required

      - Serum Creatinine < 1.5 mg/dL OR an estimated creatinine clearance from 24 hour
      urine collection > 50 ml/min

   - Clinical requirements at enrollment:

      - Peripheral neuropathy < grade 2

      - Hearing loss in best ear < grade 2 per Chang criteria if audiogram performed. *24
      Formal audiology is not required in patients with no clinical evidence of hearing
      loss at baseline.

      - Ability to understand and the willingness to sign a written informed consent

Exclusion Criteria:

   - No prior palliative chemotherapy

   - Patients with active infections including HIV are not eligible. HIV positive patients
   on HAART with undetectable blood HIV levels are eligible. Patients with a history or
   serological evidence of exposure to Hepatitis B without active infection are eligible
   for this study.

   - Patients with prior grade 3 allergic or infusion reactions to docetaxel, cisplatin or
   cetuximab are not eligible. A history of well tolerated infusion reactions is NOT an

   - Pregnant women and/or nursing patients will be excluded from the study because of
   potential harm to the fetus or nursing infant.

   - Because the primary endpoint of this study is response rate and not survival, patients
   with a history of other malignancies treated curatively greater than one year prior to
   enrollment and without evidence of relapse at the time of enrollment are eligible.

   - Patients with brain metastasis are eligible only if by CNS imaging there is no
   evidence of CNS progression at least 30 days following definitive CNS treatment
   (resection or radiation).

Ages Eligible for Study

16 Years - N/A

Genders Eligible for Study


Not currently accepting new patients for this trial

Contact Information

Stanford University
School of Medicine
300 Pasteur Drive
Stanford, CA 94305
Not Recruiting