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2012.015.N - Oropharynx Cancer and the Effects of Radiotherapy Plus Cetuximab vs. Chemoradiotherapy (RTOG 1016) 

Radiation therapy uses high-energy x-rays to kill tumor cells and shrink tumors. Drugs used in chemotherapy, such as cisplatin, work in different ways to stop the growth of tumor cells, either by killing the cells or by stopping them from dividing. Monoclonal antibodies, such as cetuximab, can block tumor growth in different ways. Some block the ability of tumor cells to grow and spread. Others find tumor cells and help kill them or carry tumor-killing substances to them. It is not yet known whether radiation therapy is more effective with cisplatin or cetuximab in treating oropharyngeal cancer. This phase III trial is studying radiation therapy with cisplatin or cetuximab to see how well it works in treating patients with oropharyngeal cancer.

2012.093.N - Esophageal Cancer and the Effects of Traztuxumab to treatment for HER2-Overexpressing Tmors 
This randomized phase III trial is studying how well giving radiation therapy, paclitaxel, and carboplatin together with or without trastuzumab works in treating patients with esophageal cancer.
2013.146.B - Carcinoid Tumors and the Effects of Pazopanib vs. Placebo 

This randomized phase II trial studies how well pazopanib hydrochloride works in treating patients with progressive carcinoid tumors. Pazopanib hydrochloride may stop the growth of tumor cells by blocking some of the enzymes needed for cell growth.

2013.157.C - Preventing Recurrence of High Risk Adenomas and the Effects of Eflornithine and Sulindac 

The purpose of this study is to assess whether eflornithine 500 mg or sulindac 150 mg are effective in reducing the 3-year event rate of high risk adenoma or second primary colorectal cancer in Stage 0, I II and III colon cancer patients. The primary hypothesis will test the main effect of each agent, as well as the comparison of placebo alone to the combination of sulindac and eflornithine.


2013.166.N - Stage III-IV Squamous Cell Head and Neck Cancer and the Effects of Radiation Therapy With Cisplatin, Docetaxel, or Cetuximab After Surgery 

Randomized Phase II/III Trial of Surgery and Postoperative Radiation Delivered With Concurrent Cisplatin Versus Docetaxel Versus Docetaxel and Cetuximab for High-Risk Squamous Cell Cancer of the Head and Neck Troy Scroggins, MD 2013.166.N Open to new patients 3 This randomized phase II/III trial studie

2013.175.B - Advanced/Metastatic Esophageal, Gastric, or GEJ Cancer and the Effects of Treatment Based on ERCC1 (S1201) 
Drugs used in chemotherapy, such as oxaliplatin, leucovorin calcium, fluorouracil, irinotecan hydrochloride, and docetaxel, work in different ways to stop the growth of tumor cells, either by killing the cells or by stopping them from dividing. Combining more than one drug may kill more tumor cells. It is not yet known which regimen of combination chemotherapy is more effective in treating tumor cells.  This randomized phase II trial studies how well oxaliplatin, leucovorin calcium, and fluorouracil work compared to irinotecan hydrochloride and docetaxel in treating patients with esophageal cancer, gastric cancer, or gastroesophageal junction cancer.
2013.274.C - Esophageal Cancer and the effects of PET Scan-Directed Combined Modality Therapy 

PET scans done during chemotherapy may help doctors assess a patient's response to treatment and help plan the best treatment.

This randomized phase II trial is studying PET scan imaging in assessing response in patients with esophageal cancer receiving combination chemotherapy.


2014.103.B - Unresectable Advanced Perihilar Cholangiocarcinoma (OPUS) and the Effects of Photodynamic Therapy 

Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is a combination of a drug, porfimer sodium (Photofrin), which is activated by a light from a laser that emits no heat. This technique works to allow the medical doctor to specifically target and destroy abnormal or cancer cells while limiting damage to surrounding healthy tissue. The activation of the drug is done by lighting the abnormal areas using a fiber optic device (very fine fiber like a fishing line that permits light transmission) inserted into a flexible tube with a light called cholangioscope for the bile duct. The light will activate the porfimer sodium concentrated in the abnormal tissue, leading to its destruction.

This research study will evaluate the efficacy and safety of PDT with porfimer sodium administered with Standard Medical Care (SMC) compared to SMC alone on the overall survival time of patients with non-operable advanced cholangiocarcinoma, a rare cancer of the bile ducts. It will involve 200 patients across North America and Europe. Other countries may participate if needed. Participation will last at least 18 months.

2014.163.A - Gastric and Gastro-Esophageal Junction Cancer and the Effects of BBI608 Plus Weekly Paclitaxel vs. Paclitaxel Alone 

The purpose of this study is to find out whether it is better to receive a new drug, BBI608, in addition to paclitaxel chemotherapy or better to receive paclitaxel chemotherapy alone as second line treatment for gastric and gastroesophageal junction cancer after prior first line platinum and fluoropyrimidine based chemotherapy.

2014.176.A - Metastatic Cholangiocarcinoma and the Effects of Nab-Paclitaxel and Gemcitabine 

Patients with advanced or metastatic cholangiocarcinoma (CCA) who are not eligible for curative surgery, transplantation, or ablative therapies will receive nab-paclitaxel and gemcitabine chemotherapy.

The purpose of this study is to evaluate the effectiveness and safety of the combination of nab-paclitaxel and gemcitabine. The effectiveness will be determined by improvement in the length of time during and after treatment, that the CCA does not get worse.

SIGNITURE Module 5: PTCH1 or SMO Mutated Tumors and the Effect of LDE225 

The purpose of this signal seeking study is to determine whether treatment with LDE225 demonstrates sufficient efficacy in hedgehog pathway-mutated solid tumors and/or hematologic malignancies to warrant further study



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