Study of Unilateral Neck Irradiation in Patients With SCC of the Head and Neck

Therapuetic Areas:Oncology
Age Range:18 - Any
Start Date:August 2004
End Date:February 2023
Contact:Kenneth Hu, MD

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A Randomized Prospective Evaluation of Unilateral/Ipsilateral Neck Irradiation in Selected Patients With Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Head and Neck Who Are Managed by Radiation Therapy

The purpose of this study is to assess the feasibility of avoiding opposite side neck
radiation therapy in patients with clearly one side squamous cell cancer of the head and
neck. We aim to assess the reduction in treatment volume (amount of radiation therapy
required), and the resultant xerostomia and mucositis, with the delivery of unilateral neck
radiation therapy.

Patients will be treated with definitive external beam radiation plus/minus chemotherapy
plus/minus neck dissection in the ipsilateral neck (post radiation). The primary site will
be treated with definitive radiation therapy, or definitive surgery plus post-operative
radiation therapy. Primary endpoints are loco-regional control, as well as quality of life,
xerostomia, mucositis, and neck fibrosis.

Salivary evaluations shall be performed prior to the initiation of radiation therapy, during
the second week of EBRT, and at the completion of radiation. Evaluations will also be
conducted at 3, 6, and 12 months after the completion of EBRT.

Oral mucositis will be assessed prior to the initiation of EBRT and weekly during EBRT.
Evaluations will also be conducted at 3 and 6 months after the completion of EBRT. Two
standardized mucositis scales will be used: the RTOG scale and the WHO scale.

Clinical response will be evaluated by physical exam and PET/CT. PET/CT scans will be done
at 3, 6, 12, 18, and 24 months, and then when clinically indicated during follow-up.

Inclusion Criteria:

- Squamous cell carcinoma of the oral cavity or oropharynx, with the primary lesion >1
cm from the midline.

- Patient has no clinical or radiologic evidence of contralateral neck node metastases.

- No evidence of distant metastasis.

- No previous history of radiation therapy or chemotherapy

- performance status 0-2

- Age >= 18

- Signed informed consent

- Patients must be accessible for treatment and follow-up

Exclusion Criteria:

- HIV positive patients

- Pregnancy or any patients not practicing contraception

- Active tobacco or alcohol addiction (as assessed by medical caregiver)

- Serious comorbid disease which prevents delivery of full treatment including
psychiatric disorders, cardiopulmonary disease, etc.

- Concomitant use of any trial anticancer therapeutic within 30 days of entry

- Uncontrolled hypertension

- Known hypersensitivity to mammalian cell-derived products
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