A Phase I Evaluation of Extended Field Radiation Therapy With Concomitant Cisplatin Chemotherapy Followed by Paclitaxel and Carboplatin Chemotherapy in Women With Cervical Carcinoma Metastatic to the Para-aortic Lymph Nodes: An NRG Oncology/Gynecologic Oncology Group Study

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      • Phase I study of sequential extended field ChemoRT and combination chemotherapy
      • Phase I study for primary therapy of para-aortic node positive cervical cancer
      • Adjuvant chemotherapy in the primary management of advanced cervical cancer
      • Safety and feasibility of paclitaxel and carboplatin after extended field RT



      Chemo-radiation (chemoRT) has improved the overall survival for locally advanced cervical cancer (LACC) though women whose disease involves the para-aortic nodes (PAN) experience recurrence rates and worse survival outcomes compared to those without PAN involvement. This Phase I study determined if additional cycles of systemic chemotherapy could be safely added to extended field chemoRT in this population of patients.


      Women with LACC and documented positive PAN were eligible for treatment. All women were treated with extended field radiation and brachytherapy and concurrent cisplatin 40 mg/m2 weekly for six weeks. Four to six weeks after completion of chemoRT, patients were treated with four cycles of paclitaxel 135 mg/m2 and escalating doses of carboplatin (Dose Level (DL) 1 = AUC 4, DL2 = AUC 5).


      Eleven women were entered on study and 9 were evaluable for dose limiting toxicities (DLT). Two women (1 in each of 2 DLs) did not complete chemoRT and so were not evaluable for DLT. Three women completed all 10 cycles at DL 1 with no DLTs. Six women were then treated at DL 2. For the 10 patients evaluable for response, the ORR was 60% (CR + PR). PFS and OS at 12 months were 60% and 90%, respectively. The predominant grade 3 or 4 acute toxicities were hematologic. There were no grade 5 events.


      Extended field chemoRT followed by paclitaxel 135 mg/m2 and carboplatin AUC 5 is feasible in women with LACC and positive PAN.


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