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PET Scan Imaging for Patients with Esophageal Cancer (RTOG 1175)
Randomized Phase II Trial of PET Scan-Directed Combined Modality Therapy in Esophageal Cancer
Status Conditions Phase Study ID
Closed Esophageal Cancer Phase II RTOG 1175

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

George Laramore, MD, PhD
Seattle Cancer Care Alliance 800-804-8824  
Eligibility Criteria (must meet the following to participate in this study)


  • Surgically resectable, histologically confirmed esophageal adenocarcinoma, including Siewert gastroesophageal (GE) junction adenocarcinomas Types 1 and 2
  • T1 N1-3 M0 or T2-4 N any M0 as determined by endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) and PET/CT (histologic confirmation of lymph involvement is not required)

    • All patients must have locoregional staging determined by EUS if technically feasible
    • All disease (tumor and nodes) must be both surgically resectable and capable of containment in a radiotherapy field
    • Endoscopy reports should clearly state both the T and N stage
    • No T4 tumor with clear evidence of invasion of the vertebral column, heart, great vessels, or tracheobronchial tree
  • No evidence of distant metastases (as determined by EUS or PET/CT)
  • Patients with cervical, supraclavicular, or other nodal disease that is either not included in the radiation field or is not able to be resected at the time of esophagectomy are not eligible
  • Patient must have pre-resection tissue available for central pathology review
  • Patients must have detectable fluorine-18-labeled deoxyglucose (FDG) uptake on baseline PET/CT scan of primary tumor


  • ECOG performance status 0-1
  • ANC ≥ 1,500/μL
  • Platelet count ≥ 100,000/μL
  • Hemoglobin ≥ 9 g/dL
  • Bilirubin ≤ 1.5 times upper limit of normal (ULN)
  • Creatinine clearance ≥ 60 mL/min
  • AST/ALT ≤ 2.5 times ULN
  • Not pregnant or nursing
  • Negative pregnancy test
  • No prior malignancy within 5 years, with the exception of basal or squamous cell skin cancers, or in situ bladder or cervical cancer

    • Patients with prior malignancy treated with surgery only and disease-free for more than 5 years are eligible
  • No history of severe hypersensitivity reaction to Cremaphor® EL
  • No known contraindication to the use of fluorouracil, taxanes, or platinum compounds


  • See Disease Characteristics
  • No prior thoracic radiotherapy (RT), abdominal RT, or chemotherapy
  • No concurrent epoetin
Last Updated
August 25, 2015
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