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    Keywords: CANCER ; IRRADIATION ; radiotherapy ; SURVIVAL ; Germany ; LUNG ; THERAPY ; TOXICITY ; lung cancer ; LUNG-CANCER ; SURGERY ; radiation ; PATIENT ; CYCLE ; treatment ; antibodies ; antibody ; STAGE ; TRIAL ; RADIATION-THERAPY ; RATES ; metastases ; chemotherapy ; RESECTION ; CARCINOMAS ; OVEREXPRESSION ; IMRT ; FEASIBILITY ; PHASE-II ; NECK-CANCER ; SUBSET ; CONCURRENT ; ADVANCED HEAD ; INFUSION ; PHASE ; REMISSION ; prospective ; NSCLC ; C225 ; FACTOR RECEPTOR BLOCKADE ; stage III ; surgical resection
    Abstract: Background: Even today, treatment of Stage III NSCLC still poses a serious challenge. So far, surgical resection is the treatment of choice. Patients whose tumour is not resectable or who are unfit to undergo surgery are usually referred to a combined radio-chemotherapy. However, combined radio-chemotherapeutic treatment is also associated with sometimes marked side effects but has been shown to be more efficient than radiation therapy alone. Nevertheless, there is a significant subset of patients whose overall condition does not permit administration of chemotherapy in a combined-modality treatment. It could be demonstrated though, that NSCLCs often exhibit over-expression of EGF-receptors hence providing an excellent target for the monoclonal EGFR-antagonist cetuximab (Erbitux(R)) which has already been shown to be effective in colorectal as well as head-and-neck tumours with comparatively mild side-effects. Methods/design: The NEAR trial is a prospective phase II feasibility study combining a monoclonal EGF-receptor antibody with loco-regional irradiation in patients with stage III NSCLC. This trial aims at testing the combination's efficacy and rate of development of distant metastases with an accrual of 30 patients. Patients receive weekly infusions of cetuximab (Erbitux(R)) plus loco-regional radiation therapy as intensity-modulated radiation therapy. After conclusion of radiation treatment patients continue to receive weekly cetuximab for 13 more cycles. Discussion: The primary objective of the NEAR trial is to evaluate toxicities and feasibility of the combined treatment with cetuximab (Erbitux(R)) and IMRT loco-regional irradiation. Secondary objectives are remission rates, 3-year-survival and local/systemic progression-free survival
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 16681848
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