New York, New York 10021

  • Gastric Cancer


RATIONALE: Drugs used in chemotherapy use different ways to stop tumor cells from dividing so they stop growing or die. Combining more than one drug may kill more tumor cells. PURPOSE: Phase II trial to study the effectiveness of combination chemotherapy in treating patients with locally advanced or metastatic esophageal or gastric cancer.

Study summary:

OBJECTIVES: I. Evaluate the response rate of combined cisplatin and irinotecan in patients with metastatic or locally advanced (inoperable or recurrent) esophageal or gastric cancer. II. Evaluate the toxic effects both qualitatively and quantitatively of cisplatin and irinotecan in these patients. III. Estimate the disease free and overall survival of these patients. IV. Assess whether the response proportion differs between squamous cell and adenocarcinoma of the esophagus. V. Evaluate quality of life issues using the Memorial Symptom Assessment Scale, the FACT-G questionnaire, and the dysphagia scale. OUTLINE: Patients receive cisplatin and irinotecan on days 1, 8, 15, and 22 for 4 weeks, followed by a 2 week rest period. Each treatment course lasts 6 weeks. Patients receive at least 3 courses of therapy if the treatment is well tolerated and no disease progression is documented. Patients attaining a complete response receive additional courses of therapy at the discretion of the investigator. Tumor status is reassessed at 6 weeks and every 12 weeks thereafter. Patients are followed until death. PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A total of 28-50 patients will be accrued within 12-18 months. Accrual for adenocarcinoma of the esophagus is complete.


DISEASE CHARACTERISTICS: Histologically proven locally advanced (surgically unresectable) or metastatic squamous cell of the esophagus or carcinoma of the stomach Patients with tumor extension below the GE junction into the proximal stomach must have the bulk of the tumor involve the esophagus or GE junction Bidimensionally measurable or evaluable disease No CNS metastases or carcinomatous meningitis No bone metastases (Closed to adenocarcinoma of the esophagus as of 05/1998) PATIENT CHARACTERISTICS: Age: 18 and over Performance Status: Karnofsky 60-100% Life Expectancy: Not specified Hematopoietic: Absolute neutrophil count at least 1,500/mm3 Platelet count at least 100,000/mm3 Hepatic: Bilirubin no greater than 1.5 mg/dL SGOT no greater than 3 times upper limit of normal (ULN)(no greater than 5 times ULN if liver metastases present) Renal: Creatinine no greater than 1.5 mg/dL Cardiovascular: No unstable angina No New York Heart Association class III or IV cardiac disease Pulmonary: No interstitial pulmonary fibrosis Other: Not pregnant or nursing Negative pregnancy test No active or uncontrolled infection No prior malignancy for at least 5 years, except: Nonmelanoma skin cancer Carcinoma in situ of the cervix PRIOR CONCURRENT THERAPY: Biologic therapy: No prior immunotherapy Chemotherapy: No prior chemotherapy Endocrine therapy: Not specified Radiotherapy: At least 4 weeks since prior radiotherapy and recovered No prior radiation to the pelvis Surgery: Not specified



Primary Contact:

Study Chair
David H. Ilson, MD, PhD
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

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Location Contact:

New York, New York 10021
United States

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Date Processed: March 30, 2020

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