Clinical Trial: Radiation Therapy and Chemotherapy in Treating Patients With Locally Advanced Cervical Cancer

This study is not yet open for patient recruitment.

Sponsors and Collaborators: Gynecologic Oncology Group
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Information provided by: National Cancer Institute (NCI)


RATIONALE: Radiation therapy uses high-energy x-rays to damage tumor cells. Drugs used in chemotherapy use different ways to stop tumor cells from dividing so they stop growing or die. Combining radiation therapy with chemotherapy may kill more tumor cells.

PURPOSE: Phase I trial to study the effectiveness of combining radiation therapy with chemotherapy in treating patients who have locally advanced cervical cancer.

Condition Treatment or Intervention Phase
cervical adenocarcinoma
Cervical Cancer
cervical squamous cell carcinoma
 Drug: cisplatin
 Drug: topotecan
 Procedure: chemotherapy
 Procedure: radiation therapy
Phase I

MedlinePlus related topics:  Cancer;   Cancer Alternative Therapy;   Cervical Cancer;   Soft Tissue Sarcoma

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Treatment

Official Title: Phase I Study of Extended Field Radiotherapy, Cisplatin, and Topotecan in Patients With Locally Advanced Cervical Cancer

Further Study Details: 


  • Determine the toxicity of pelvic or extended field radiotherapy, cisplatin, and topotecan in patients with locally advanced cervical cancer.
  • Determine the maximum tolerated dose (MTD) of topotecan when administered in this regimen in this patient population.
  • Determine the progression-free survival of patients treated at the MTD.
  • Determine the overall survival of patients treated at the MTD.
  • Determine the site of recurrence (local vs distant) in patients treated with this regimen.

OUTLINE: This is a multicenter, dose-escalation study of topotecan.

Patients undergo radiotherapy to the pelvic or pelvic and para-aortic fields 5 days a week for 5-6 weeks. Patients receive cisplatin IV and oral topotecan once weekly for a total of 6 weeks in the absence of disease progression or unacceptable toxicity.

Cohorts of 3-6 patients receive escalating doses of topotecan until the maximum tolerated dose (MTD) is determined. The MTD is defined as the dose at which 1 of 6 patients experiences dose-limiting toxicity. Once the MTD is determined, an additional cohort of 20 patients receives treatment as above at the MTD.

Patients are followed every 3 months for 2 years, every 6 months for 3 years, and then annually thereafter.

PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A total of 20-30 patients will be accrued for this study within 4-6 years.


Genders Eligible for Study:  Both



  • Histologically confirmed primary invasive carcinoma of the uterine cervix
  • Stage IB-IVA disease
  • Any cell type
  • Histologically or cytologically confirmed metastasis to the para-aortic lymph nodes or candidates for pelvic and para-aortic field radiation (with a negative CT scan of the chest)
  • No known metastasis to scalene nodes or organs outside the radiation field
  • No known intraperitoneal metastases
  • Must enroll within 8 weeks of diagnosis


  • Not specified

Performance status

  • GOG 0-2

Life expectancy

  • Not specified


  • Absolute neutrophil count ≥ 1,500/mm^3
  • Platelet count ≥ 100,000/mm^3


  • Bilirubin ≤ 1.5 times normal
  • SGOT ≤ 3 times normal


  • Creatinine < 2.0 mg/dL
  • Prior ureteral obstruction allowed provided stent or nephrostomy tube has been placed
  • No renal abnormalities, such as pelvic kidney, horseshoe kidney, or prior renal transplantation that would require modification of radiation fields


  • Not pregnant
  • No other malignancy within the past 5 years except nonmelanoma skin cancer
  • No septicemia or severe infection
  • No other medical or psychiatric condition that would preclude study compliance


  • Not specified


Endocrine therapy

  • Not specified



  • See Patient Characteristics- Renal


  • No prior therapy for this malignancy

Location Information

Study chairs or principal investigators

Peter Graham Rose, MD,  Study Chair,  Cleveland Clinic Cancer Center   

More Information

Clinical trial summary from the National Cancer Institute's PDQ® database

Study ID Numbers:  CDR0000270680; GOG-9913; NCT00054444
Record last reviewed:  December 2004
Last Updated:  January 6, 2005
Record first received:  February 5, 2003 Identifier:  NCT00054444
Health Authority: United States: Federal Government processed this record on 2005-04-08

Cache Date: April 9, 2005