Radiation Therapy and Either Capecitabine or Fluorouracil With or Without Oxaliplatin Before Surgery in Treating Patients With Resectable Rectal Cancer

Not Recruiting

Trial ID: NCT00058474


RATIONALE: Drugs used in chemotherapy, such as capecitabine, fluorouracil, and oxaliplatin work in different ways to stop tumor cells from dividing so they stop growing or die. Radiation therapy uses high-energy x-rays to damage tumor cells. PURPOSE: This randomized phase III trial is studying radiation therapy and either capecitabine or fluorouracil with or without oxaliplatin and comparing them to see how well they work when given before surgery in treating patients with resectable rectal cancer. It is not yet known whether radiation therapy and either capecitabine or fluorouracil is more effective with or without oxaliplatin in treating rectal cancer.

Official Title

A Clinical Trial Comparing Preoperative Radiation Therapy And Capecitabine With or Without Oxaliplatin With Preoperative Radiation Therapy And Continuous Intravenous Infusion Of 5-Fluorouracil With or Without Oxaliplatin In The Treatment Of Patients With Operable Carcinoma Of The Rectum

Stanford Investigator(s)

Irene Wapnir, MD
Irene Wapnir, MD

Professor of Surgery (General Surgery)


Inclusion Criteria:

   - Patients must consent to participate in the study and must have signed and dated an
   IRB-approved consent form conforming to federal and institutional guidelines.

   - Patients must be > 18 years of age.

   - Patients must have a life expectancy of 5 years, excluding their diagnosis of cancer
   (as determined by the investigator), and must have an Eastern Cooperative Oncology
   Group (ECOG) (Zubrod) performance status of 0 or 1.

   - Patients must have a diagnosis of adenocarcinoma of the rectum obtained by a biopsy
   technique which leaves the major portion of the tumor intact.

   - The interval between the initial diagnosis of rectal adenocarcinoma and randomization
   must be no more than 42 days.

   - Prior to randomization, the investigator must specify the intent for sphincter saving
   or non-sphincter saving surgery.

   - The tumor must be either palpable by digital rectal exam or be accessible via a
   proctoscope or sigmoidoscope.

   - Distal border of the tumor must be located < 12 cm from the anal verge.

   - The tumor must be considered by the surgeon to be amenable to curative resection.
   (Note that curative resection can include pelvic exenteration.)

   - The tumor must be clinically Stage II (T3-4 N0 with N0 being defined as all imaged
   lymph nodes are < 1.0 cm) or Stage III (T1-4 N1-2 with the definition of a clinically
   positive node being any node > 1.0 cm). Stage of the primary tumor may be determined
   by ultrasound or Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). Computed Tomography (CT) scan is
   acceptable provided there is evidence of T4 and/or N1-2 disease.

   - At the time of randomization, all patients must have had the following within the
   previous 42 days: history and physical examination; if technically feasible, a
   complete colonoscopic examination; if not feasible, a proctoscopic or sigmoidoscopic
   exam; clinical staging of the tumor; CT or MRI of the abdomen and pelvis (combined
   PET/CT may be substituted), and a chest x-ray (PA and lateral) or CT scan of the chest
   to exclude patients with metastatic disease.

   - At the time of randomization: Absolute neutrophil count (ANC) must be > 1,200/mm3;
   Platelet count must be > 100,000/mm3; There must be evidence of adequate hepatic
   function as follows: total bilirubin must be < 1.5 x the upper limit of normal (ULN)
   for the lab; and alkaline phosphatase must be < 2.5 x Upper Limit of Normal (ULN) for
   the lab; and the Aspartate Amino Transferase (AST) must be < 2.5 x ULN for the lab;
   and If AST is > ULN, serologic testing for Hepatitis B and C must be performed and
   results must be negative; Calculated creatinine clearance must be > 50 mL/min.

   - Patients with prior malignancies, including invasive colon cancer, are eligible if
   they have been disease-free for > 5 years and are deemed by their physician to be at
   low risk for recurrence. Patients with squamous or basal cell carcinoma of the skin,
   melanoma in situ, carcinoma in situ of the cervix, or carcinoma in situ of the colon
   or rectum that have been effectively treated are eligible, even if these conditions
   were diagnosed within 5 years prior to randomization.

Exclusion Criteria:

   - Findings of metastatic disease.

   - On imaging, clear indication of involvement of the pelvic side wall(s).

   - Rectal cancers other than adenocarcinoma, i.e., sarcoma, lymphoma, carcinoid, squamous
   cell carcinoma, cloacogenic carcinoma, etc.

   - History of invasive rectal malignancy, regardless of disease-free interval.

   - Pregnancy or lactation at the time of proposed randomization. Eligible patients of
   reproductive potential (both sexes) must agree to use adequate contraceptive methods.

   - Any therapy for this cancer prior to randomization.

   - Synchronous colon cancer.

   - History of viral hepatitis or other chronic liver disease.

   - Nonmalignant systemic disease (cardiovascular, renal, hepatic, etc.) that would
   preclude the patient from receiving any chemotherapy treatment option or would prevent
   required follow-up. Specifically excluded are patients with active ischemic heart
   disease (class III* or class IV** myocardial disease as described by the New York
   Heart Association), a recent history (within 6 months) of myocardial infarction, or
   symptomatic arrhythmia at the time of randomization. *Class III: Patients with cardiac
   disease resulting in marked limitation of physical activity. Such patients are
   comfortable at rest. Less than ordinary physical activity that causes fatigue,
   palpitation, dyspnea, or anginal pain. **Class IV: Patients with cardiac disease
   resulting in inability to perform any physical activity without discomfort. Symptoms
   of cardiac insufficiency or anginal syndrome may be present even at rest.

   - Patients who, in the opinion of the investigator, have uncontrolled hypertension.

   - Active inflammatory bowel disease (i.e., patients requiring current medical
   interventions or who are symptomatic).

   - Prior pelvic radiation therapy for any reason.

   - Known hypersensitivity to 5-fluorouracil, capecitabine, or oxaliplatin.

   - Clinically significant peripheral neuropathy at the time of randomization (defined in
   the NCI Common Terminology Criteria for Adverse Events Version 3.0 [CTCAE v3.0] as
   grade 2 or greater neurosensory or neuromotor toxicity).

   - Existing uncontrolled coagulopathy.

   - Inability to take oral medications.

   - Participation in any investigational drug study within 4 weeks prior to randomization.

   - Psychiatric or addictive disorders or other conditions that, in the opinion of the
   investigator, would preclude the patient from meeting the study requirements.


radiation: radiation therapy

drug: capecitabine

drug: fluorouracil

drug: oxaliplatin

Not Recruiting

Contact Information

Stanford University
School of Medicine
300 Pasteur Drive
Stanford, CA 94305
Marilyn Florero

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