Purpose

This phase II trial studies how well lower-dose chemotherapy plus radiation (chemoradiation) therapy works in comparison to standard-dose chemoradiation in treating patients with early-stage anal cancer. Drugs used in chemotherapy, such as mitomycin, fluorouracil, and capecitabine, work in different ways to stop the growth of tumor cells, either by killing the cells, by stopping them from dividing, or by stopping them from spreading. Radiation therapy uses high-energy x-rays to kill tumor cells and shrink tumors. Giving chemotherapy with radiation therapy may kill more tumor cells. This study may help doctors find out if lower-dose chemoradiation is as effective and has fewer side effects than standard-dose chemoradiation, which is the usual approach for treatment of this cancer type.

Conditions

Eligibility

Eligible Ages
Over 18 Years
Eligible Genders
All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers
No

Criteria


Inclusion Criteria:

- Patient must have histologically proven T1-2N0M0 invasive anal canal or anal margin
squamous cell carcinoma with tumors measuring =< 4 cm within 4 weeks prior to
randomization. This may include tumors of non-keratinizing histology such as basaloid,
transitional cell or cloacogenic histology. Patients with T1N0M0 anal margin squamous
cell carcinoma who underwent surgical excision with negative margins are not eligible

- Patients who are human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-negative must not have lymph nodes
that are radiographically-concerning for cancer involvement using computed tomography
(CT) and positron emission tomography (PET)/CT-based criteria. Measurable disease is
not required

- Patients who are HIV-negative and do not have lymph nodes classified as lymph
node positive, but are felt to be borderline for cancer involvement must undergo
central imaging review

- NOTE: Patients requiring central imaging review will be pre-registered to
Arm S. Upon central confirmation of no lymph node involvement, eligible
patients may proceed to randomization on Step 1

- Patients will be considered to be lymph node (LN) positive and thereby not
eligible in this study if the lymph nodes meet any of the following criteria:

- Mesorectal, presacral, internal iliac or obturator LN with:

- Short axis measuring > 5 mm based on CT / magnetic resonance imaging
(MRI) OR

- Morphologic features of irregular border or central necrosis if
assessed on MRI and LN measures > 3 mm OR

- Fludeoxyglucose F-18 (FDG) uptake > blood pool (Deauville 3-5) based on
PET/CT

- External Iliac and common Iliac:

- Short-axis measuring > 1 cm based on CT / MRI OR

- Morphologic features of irregular border or central necrosis based on
CT / MRI OR

- FDG uptake > blood pool (Deauville 3-5) based on PET/CT

- Inguinal LN (superficial and deep) meeting any of the following criteria will be
ineligible unless an FNA is performed and resulting cytology is negative.

- Morphologic features of irregular border or central necrosis based on CT /
MRI

- FDG uptake > liver (Deauville 4) based on PET/CT.

- Patients who are HIV-negative and have inguinal lymph nodes that do not meet
the above criteria must undergo fine needle aspiration and have negative
histology to be eligible.

- Patients who are HIV-positive must have

- A CD4 count >= 300

- Confirmation of no lymph node involvement by central real-time review of imaging

- NOTE: Patients will be pre-registered to Arm S. Upon central confirmation of
no lymph node involvement, eligible patients may proceed to randomization on
Step 1

- Patient must have Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG) - American College of
Radiology Imaging Network (ACRIN) performance status of 0-2

- Patient must have no history of prior radiation or chemotherapy for this malignancy

- Patient must not have had prior potentially curative surgery (i.e. abdominal-perineal
resection) for carcinoma of the anus

- Patients with excisional biopsy procedure are eligible provided there was tumor
involvement of the anal canal and/or anal verge prior to resection

- Patient must not be receiving any other standard anti-cancer therapy or experimental
agent concurrently with the study drugs

- Patient must not have intercurrent illness including, but not limited to, ongoing or
active infection or psychiatric/social situations that, in the judgement of the
investigator, would limit compliance with study requirements

- Patient must not have had significant cardiovascular disease including myocardial
infarction, unstable angina, stroke, transient ischemic attack, symptomatic coronary
artery disease, symptomatic congestive heart failure, or uncontrolled cardiac
arrhythmia within 6 months of randomization

- Patient must not have a history of a different malignancy unless they have been
disease-free for at least 2 years and are deemed by the investigator to be at low risk
of recurrence

- Individuals with the following cancers are eligible if diagnosed and treated
within the past 5 years: cervical cancer in situ and basal cell or squamous cell
carcinoma of the skin

- Patient must not have active autoimmune or connective disease

- Patients who are on anti-coagulation with warfarin within 2 weeks prior to
registration and are considering the use of capecitabine, must use an alternative
anti-coagulant

- NOTE: Low molecular weight heparin is permitted provided the patient's
prothrombin time (PT)/international normalized ratio (INR) is < 1.5

- Patients who will receive capecitabine and are on Dilantin for a seizure disorder must
have Dilantin levels checked weekly

- Hemoglobin > 10 g/dL (within 2 weeks prior to registration)

- Platelets >= 100,000/mm^3 (within 2 weeks prior to registration)

- Absolute neutrophil count >= 1500/mm^3 (within 2 weeks prior to registration)

- Serum creatinine must be < 1.5 X upper limit of normal (ULN), or calculated creatinine
clearance must be > 60 ml/min (within 2 weeks prior to registration)

- Total bilirubin must be < 2 X ULN (within 2 weeks prior to registration)

- Aspartate aminotransferase (AST)/alanine aminotransferase (ALT) =< 2.5 X institutional
ULN (within 2 weeks prior to registration)

- Albumin >= 3.0 g/dL (within 2 weeks prior to registration)

- Women must not be pregnant or breast-feeding because the study treatment administered
may cause harm to an unborn fetus or breastfeeding child. All females of childbearing
potential must have a blood test or urine study within 2 weeks prior to registration
to rule out pregnancy. A female of childbearing potential is any woman, regardless of
sexual orientation or whether they have undergone tubal ligation, who meets the
following criteria: 1) has achieved menarche at some point, 2) has not undergone a
hysterectomy or bilateral oophorectomy; or 2) has not been naturally postmenopausal
(amenorrhea following cancer therapy does not rule out childbearing potential) for at
least 24 consecutive months (i.e., has had menses at any time in the preceding 24
consecutive months)

- Women of childbearing potential and sexually active males must be strongly advised to
use accepted and effective method(s) of contraception or to abstain from sexual
intercourse for the duration of their participation in the study and for at least 6
months after the completion of treatment

Study Design

Phase
Phase 2
Study Type
Interventional
Allocation
Randomized
Intervention Model
Parallel Assignment
Primary Purpose
Treatment
Masking
None (Open Label)

Arm Groups

ArmDescriptionAssigned Intervention
Active Comparator
Arm A (standard-dose chemoradiation)
Patients undergo 28 fractions of intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT). Within 24 hours, patients also receive mitomycin IV over 30 minutes or less on day 1 and either fluorouracil IV over 24 hours on days 1-4 and 29-32 or capecitabine PO BID 5 days per week (Monday - Friday) until completion of IMRT in the absence of disease progression or unacceptable toxicity.
  • Drug: Capecitabine
    Given PO
    Other names:
    • Ro 09-1978/000
    • Xeloda
  • Drug: Fluorouracil
    Given IV
    Other names:
    • 5 Fluorouracil
    • 5 Fluorouracilum
    • 5 FU
    • 5-Fluoro-2,4(1H, 3H)-pyrimidinedione
    • 5-Fluorouracil
    • 5-Fluracil
    • 5-FU
    • 5FU
    • AccuSite
    • Carac
    • Fluoro Uracil
    • Fluouracil
    • Flurablastin
    • Fluracedyl
    • Fluracil
    • Fluril
    • Fluroblastin
    • Ribofluor
    • Ro 2-9757
    • Ro-2-9757
  • Radiation: Intensity-Modulated Radiation Therapy
    Undergo IMRT
    Other names:
    • IMRT
    • Intensity Modulated RT
    • Intensity-Modulated Radiotherapy
  • Drug: Mitomycin
    Given IV
    Other names:
    • Ametycine
    • MITO
    • MITO-C
    • Mito-Medac
    • Mitocin
    • Mitocin-C
    • Mitolem
    • Mitomycin C
    • Mitomycin-C
    • Mitomycin-X
    • Mitomycine C
    • Mitosol
    • Mitozytrex
    • Mutamycin
    • Mutamycine
    • NCI-C04706
  • Other: Quality-of-Life Assessment
    Ancillary studies
    Other names:
    • Quality of Life Assessment
  • Other: Questionnaire Administration
    Ancillary studies
Experimental
Arm B (de-intensified chemoradiation)
Patients undergo 20 or 23 fractions of IMRT. Within 24 hours, patients also receive mitomycin IV over 30 minutes or less on day 1 and either fluorouracil IV over 24 hours on days 1-4 or capecitabine PO BID 5 days per week (Monday - Friday) until completion of IMRT in the absence of disease progression or unacceptable toxicity.
  • Drug: Capecitabine
    Given PO
    Other names:
    • Ro 09-1978/000
    • Xeloda
  • Drug: Fluorouracil
    Given IV
    Other names:
    • 5 Fluorouracil
    • 5 Fluorouracilum
    • 5 FU
    • 5-Fluoro-2,4(1H, 3H)-pyrimidinedione
    • 5-Fluorouracil
    • 5-Fluracil
    • 5-FU
    • 5FU
    • AccuSite
    • Carac
    • Fluoro Uracil
    • Fluouracil
    • Flurablastin
    • Fluracedyl
    • Fluracil
    • Fluril
    • Fluroblastin
    • Ribofluor
    • Ro 2-9757
    • Ro-2-9757
  • Radiation: Intensity-Modulated Radiation Therapy
    Undergo IMRT
    Other names:
    • IMRT
    • Intensity Modulated RT
    • Intensity-Modulated Radiotherapy
  • Drug: Mitomycin
    Given IV
    Other names:
    • Ametycine
    • MITO
    • MITO-C
    • Mito-Medac
    • Mitocin
    • Mitocin-C
    • Mitolem
    • Mitomycin C
    • Mitomycin-C
    • Mitomycin-X
    • Mitomycine C
    • Mitosol
    • Mitozytrex
    • Mutamycin
    • Mutamycine
    • NCI-C04706
  • Other: Quality-of-Life Assessment
    Ancillary studies
    Other names:
    • Quality of Life Assessment
  • Other: Questionnaire Administration
    Ancillary studies

Recruiting Locations

University of Kansas Clinical Research Center
Fairway, Kansas 66205
Contact:
Site Public Contact
913-588-3671
KUCC_Navigation@kumc.edu

University of Kansas Hospital-Westwood Cancer Center
Westwood, Kansas 66205
Contact:
Site Public Contact
913-588-3671
KUCC_Navigation@kumc.edu

University of Kansas Cancer Center
Kansas City, Kansas 66160
Contact:
Site Public Contact
913-588-3671
KUCC_Navigation@kumc.edu

University of Kansas Cancer Center at North Kansas City Hospital
North Kansas City, Missouri 64116
Contact:
Site Public Contact
913-588-3671
KUCC_Navigation@kumc.edu

University of Kansas Cancer Center - North
Kansas City, Missouri 64154
Contact:
Site Public Contact
913-588-3671
KUCC_Navigation@kumc.edu

University of Kansas Cancer Center - Lee's Summit
Lee's Summit, Missouri 64064
Contact:
Site Public Contact
913-588-3671
KUCC_Navigation@kumc.edu

University of Kansas Cancer Center-Overland Park
Overland Park, Kansas 66210
Contact:
Site Public Contact
913-588-3671
KUCC_Navigation@kumc.edu

University of Kansas Health System Saint Francis Campus
Topeka, Kansas 66606
Contact:
Site Public Contact
785-295-8000

More Details

Status
Recruiting
Sponsor
ECOG-ACRIN Cancer Research Group

Study Contact

Detailed Description

PRIMARY OBJECTIVES: I. To determine whether de-intensified chemoradiation for early stage squamous cell carcinoma of the anal canal (SCCA) is able to maintain excellent 2-year disease control of 85% or higher while improving anorectal health-related quality of life (HRQL), compared to standard-dose chemoradiation therapy (CRT), as measured by the change in the Fecal Incontinence Quality of Life scale (FIQoL) instrument coping/behavior domain from baseline to 1 year. SECONDARY OBJECTIVES: I. To compare changes in patient-reported outcomes (as per Fecal Incontinence Severity Index [FISI], Patient Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System [PROMIS], International Index of Erectile Function [IIEF], Sexual Function-Vaginal Changes Questionnaire [SVQ], and Vaginal Assessment Scale [VAS]/Vulvar Assessment Scale [VuAS] instruments) between the experimental and control arm. II. To compare patterns of failure (local and regional relapse versus distant; in-field versus out-of-field of radiation), disease control, and overall survival between experimental and control arm. III. To correlate vaginal dilator use during radiation delivery with sexual function. IV. To measure changes in serum total testosterone from baseline to up to 12 months after radiation. V. To validate the utility of image features of inguinal and pelvic lymph nodes obtained prior to treatment as a prognostic indicator that can identify patients with early-stage anal squamous cell carcinoma for whom treatment with de-intensified chemoradiation is appropriate. VI. To determine whether an online, interactive educational tool (eContour) may improve the quality of radiation target delineation for anal cancer. VII. To determine the incidence of and predictors for cardiovascular toxicity in patients receiving fluorouracil (5-FU) or capecitabine. OUTLINE: Patients are randomized to 1 of 2 arms. ARM A (STANDARD-DOSE CHEMORADIATION): Patients undergo 28 fractions of intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT). Within 24 hours, patients also receive mitomycin intravenously (IV) over 30 minutes or less on day 1 and either fluorouracil IV over 24 hours on days 1-4 and 29-32 or capecitabine orally (PO) twice daily (BID) 5 days per week (Monday - Friday) until completion of IMRT in the absence of disease progression or unacceptable toxicity. ARM B (DE-INTENSIFIED CHEMORADIATION): Patients undergo 20 or 23 fractions of IMRT. Within 24 hours, patients also receive mitomycin IV over 30 minutes or less on day 1 and either fluorouracil IV over 24 hours on days 1-4 or capecitabine PO BID 5 days per week (Monday - Friday) until completion of IMRT in the absence of disease progression or unacceptable toxicity. After completion of study treatment, patients are followed up at 6 weeks, every 3 months for years 1-2, every 6 months for year 3, then annually for years 4-5.

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