Upstate Active Clinical Trials

Study Title:

A Phase I / II Study in Radiation Therapy, Pazlitaxel Poliglumex and Cetuximab in Advanced Head and Neck Cancer.

What is the purpose of the study?

1) To determine the maximum tolerated dose of the study drug, paclitaxel poliglumex, when given in combination with radiotherapy and cetuximab for locally advanced head and neck squamous cell carcinoma. (Phase I).
2)To determine the rate of cancer control in the head and neck region at one year following treatment. (PhaseII).

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Principal Investigator:

Seung Shin Hahn, MD

Who is eligible?

1)Squamous cell carcinoma of the oral cavity, oropharynx, hypopharynx, or larynx.
2) Stage III of IV disease, with no distant metastases.
3) Lab values showing adequate blood counts and liver function

What is involved if I participate?

  • How long is the study?
    The planned study treatment for each subject will take approximately 8 weeks; each subject will receive standard-of-care post-treatment followup and their progress will be recorded for 5 years. We expect to be able to enroll two subjects per month in this study; therefore, it should take approximately two years to enroll the required 40 subjects for this study.
  • Is transportation provided or reimbursed?
  • Is parking provided or reimbursed?
  • What tests and procedures are involved?
    Pre-Treatment Evaluations:
    complete medical history and physical exam
    blood tests
    CT scan or MRI of the head and neck
    chest X-ray or CT scan of the chest
    PET scan - optional
    bone scan (if clinically indicated)
    pregnancy test (for women with potential of pregnancy)
    All of these evaluations are part of standard cancer care.

Where will the study take place?

The radiationtherapy component of this study will take place at either University Hospital or Hill Radiation Oncology. The chemotherapy component of this study will take place at either the Regional Oncology Center (ROC) 1000 East Genesee St, the Oneida Clinic, or the Oswego Clinic.

Who can I contact for more information?

Name: Dena R Martin
Phone: 315-464-5262

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