A Phase I/II Trial of the Combination of Cisplatin, Cetuximab, and Temsirolimus in Recurrent or Metastatic Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Head and Neck
This study will accrue in two phases. During the first phase of the study, the optimal dose of temsirolimus in combination with cisplatin and cetuximab will be determined. It is expected that between 9-12 patients will be needed for this dose finding phase. Once the optimal dose has been determined, an additional 41 patients will be enrolled in the second phase of the study. The primary purpose of second phase of the study is to learn what effects, good and/or bad, temsirolimus in combination with cisplatin and cetuximab has on recurrent or metastatic head and neck cancer. Collection of additional blood and tissue specimens will make it possible to do special tests, which will provide us information about how tumors respond to the chemotherapy, how your body breaks down and processes the drug, how differences in the genetic makeup of each person affects how the drug may work and is processed in the body, and how the drug affects proteins and cells in the body. We hope to determine if results of the specialized tests done on blood will help to predict which patients are more likely to benefit from the use of the drugs used in this study.
• Patients must be ≥ 18 years of age and have a histologically confirmed diagnosis of R/M SCCHN which is no longer amenable to curative surgical or radiation therapy.
• Patients must sign a written informed consent form and HIPAA statement.
• Patients must undergo biopsy for confirmation of R/M disease within 6 weeks (42 days) of study entry and be willing and able to comply with peripheral blood collections for the purpose of correlative studies. Biopsy of primary or metastatic site(s) is allowed, provided the site has not been previously irradiated.
• Patients must have measurable disease as defined by RECIST.
• Patients must have ECOG PS 0 or 1.
• Patients must have adequate hematologic function as defined by an ANC ≥ 1,500, hemoglobin ≥ 10 g/dL, and a platelet count ≥ 75,000 obtained within 14 days prior to treatment.
• Patients must have adequate hepatic function as defined by a total bilirubin ≤ 1.5 mg/dL and AST (SGOT) and ALT (SGPT) ≤ 2 times the ULN obtained within 14 days prior to treatment.
• Patients must have adequate renal function defined as a serum creatinine ≤ 1.5 mg/dL or calculated CrCl ≥ 55 mL/minute (calculations should be conducted using the Cockroft-Gault equation).
• Patients must have adequate lipid control defined as a serum cholesterol ≤ 350 mg/dL and serum triglycerides ≤ 300 mg/dL obtained within 14 days prior to treatment.
• Patients must not have received previous chemotherapy for the treatment of R/M SCCHN. Previous curative-intent treatment with chemotherapy, radiation therapy, chemoradiotherapy, or surgery for locoregional disease is allowed provided at least 3 months have elapsed since the completion of previous therapies and the patient has recovered from all treatment related toxicities.
• Patients may have received prior radiation therapy for symptomatic sites of disease progression provided that ≥ 21 days have elapsed since treatment and the patient has recovered from any treatment related toxicities.
• Males and females of reproductive potential must agree to use effective contraception for the duration of study participation.