Carboplatin and Paclitaxel in Treating Patients With Locally Recurrent or Metastatic Nasopharyngeal Cancer


Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group

Status and phase

Phase 2


Head and Neck Cancer


Drug: carboplatin
Drug: paclitaxel

Study type


Funder types




Details and patient eligibility


RATIONALE: Drugs used in chemotherapy use different ways to stop tumor cells from dividing so they stop growing or die. PURPOSE: Phase II trial to study the effectiveness of carboplatin and paclitaxel in treating patients with locally recurrent or metastatic nasopharyngeal cancer.

Full description

OBJECTIVES: I. Estimate the response and toxicity of carboplatin in combination with paclitaxel in patients with locally recurrent or metastatic nasopharyngeal carcinoma. OUTLINE: Patients receive paclitaxel IV over 3 hours followed by carboplatin IV over 30 minutes. This cycle is repeated every 3 weeks. Patients may receive 6-8 cycles of therapy in the absence of toxicity and disease progression. Patients are followed every 3 months for the first 2 years, every 6 months for the next 3 years, and yearly thereafter. PROJECTED ACCRUAL: 30 eligible patients will be accrued in approximately 18 months.




18 to 120 years old


No Healthy Volunteers

Inclusion and exclusion criteria

DISEASE CHARACTERISTICS: Histologically confirmed locally recurrent or metastatic nasopharyngeal carcinoma that is not curable with resection or radiation therapy Bidimensionally measurable disease

PATIENT CHARACTERISTICS: Age: 18 and over Performance status: ECOG 0-1 Life expectancy: Not specified Hematopoietic: Absolute neutrophil count greater than 1500/mm3 Platelet count greater than 100,000/mm3 Hepatic: Bilirubin less than 1.5 mg/dL Renal: Creatinine less than 3.0 mg/dL Other: No active infections Serum calcium within institutional normal range No history of hypercalcemia Prior malignancy other than nasopharyngeal carcinoma allowed No concurrent malignancy Not pregnant or lactating Fertile patients must use effective contraception

PRIOR CONCURRENT THERAPY: Biologic therapy: Prior biologic therapy allowed Chemotherapy: No prior chemotherapy for metastatic or recurrent disease Prior induction or adjuvant chemotherapy concurrent with radiation therapy allowed No prior treatment with paclitaxel Endocrine therapy: Not specified Radiotherapy: See Chemotherapy Surgery: Not specified

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