for people ages 16 years and up (full criteria)
at UC Davis
study started
estimated completion



Docetaxel and cetuximab are FDA approved for the treatment of squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck. Cisplatin and carboplatin, while not FDA approved for Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Head and Neck (SCCHN), have been used as standard of care in patients with SCCHN in combination with other drugs. This study will determine if weekly cisplatin and docetaxel, in combination with cetuximab, will be effective in palliative treatment of patients with squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck. These drugs will be given intravenously weekly, repeated 3 of every 4 weeks until evidence of disease progression or unacceptable adverse events.

Official Title

Weekly Docetaxel, Cisplatin, and Cetuximab (TPC) in Palliative Treatment of Patients With SCCHN


Head and Neck Cancer Quality of Life Head and Neck Neoplasms Squamous Cell Carcinoma of Head and Neck Cisplatin Carboplatin Docetaxel Cetuximab cisplatin/docetaxel/cetuximab


You can join if…

Open to people ages 16 years and up

  • Squamous cell carcinoma of head and neck sites, including all pharynx, larynx, oral cavity, skin and para-nasal sinus sites. Patients with SCC of unknown primary presenting in the neck clinically compatible with head and neck mucosal primary sites are eligible.
  • Patients who have received prior chemoradiation, radiation, and/ or surgery in the potentially curative setting are eligible as long as 3 months has elapsed since the end of the potentially curative treatment ended.
  • Patients must be greater than 16 years old.
  • ECOG Performance Status < 3 at enrollment is required.
  • Laboratory value requirements at enrollment:
  • Absolute neutrophil count > 1500/mm3
  • Platelet count >100K/mm3
  • Hemoglobin > 8 g/dL
  • AST and ALT < 2.5 x ULN unless liver metastases documented. In this latter case, AST and ALT < 5 x ULN required.
  • Total Bilirubin < 1.5 x ULN unless the patient has Gilbert's syndrome, in which case T. Bilirubin < 2.5 x ULN required
  • Serum Creatinine < 1.5 mg/dL OR an estimated creatinine clearance from 24 hour urine collection > 50 ml/min
  • Clinical requirements at enrollment:
  • Peripheral neuropathy < grade 2
  • Hearing loss in best ear < grade 2 per Chang criteria if audiogram performed. *24 Formal audiology is not required in patients with no clinical evidence of hearing loss at baseline.
  • Ability to understand and the willingness to sign a written informed consent document.

You CAN'T join if...

  • No prior palliative chemotherapy
  • Patients with active infections including HIV are not eligible. HIV positive patients on HAART with undetectable blood HIV levels are eligible. Patients with a history or serological evidence of exposure to Hepatitis B without active infection are eligible for this study.
  • Patients with prior grade 3 allergic or infusion reactions to docetaxel, cisplatin or cetuximab are not eligible. A history of well tolerated infusion reactions is NOT an exclusion.
  • Pregnant women and/or nursing patients will be excluded from the study because of potential harm to the fetus or nursing infant.
  • Because the primary endpoint of this study is response rate and not survival, patients with a history of other malignancies treated curatively greater than one year prior to enrollment and without evidence of relapse at the time of enrollment are eligible.
  • Patients with brain metastasis are eligible only if by CNS imaging there is no evidence of CNS progression at least 30 days following definitive CNS treatment (resection or radiation).


  • University of California Davis Medical Center
    Davis California 95616 United States
  • Stanford University, School of Medicine
    Stanford California 95305 United States


in progress, not accepting new patients
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Stanford University
Phase 2
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