OBJECTIVES: Primary - To determine if administering adjuvant systemic chemotherapy after chemoradiotherapy will improve disease-free survival compared to chemoradiotherapy alone in patients with high-risk early-stage cervical carcinoma found to have positive nodes and/or positive parametria after radical hysterectomy. Secondary - To evaluate adverse events. - To evaluate overall survival. - To evaluate quality of life. - To evaluate chemotherapy-induced neuropathy. - To perform a post-hoc dose-volume evaluation between patients treated with standard radiotherapy and patients treated with intensity-modulated radiotherapy with respect to toxicity and local control. - To collect fixed tissue samples to identify tumor molecular signatures that may be associated with patient outcomes, such as adverse events, disease-free survival, and overall survival. - To collect blood samples to identify secreted factors from serum and plasma that may be associated with adverse events or outcome and to identify SNPs in genes from buffy coat that may be associated with a genetic predisposition to tumor formation itself or a response to cytotoxic therapy. OUTLINE: This is a multicenter study. Patients are stratified according to planned use of brachytherapy (no vs yes), radiotherapy modality (standard external beam radiotherapy [EBRT] vs intensity-modulated radiotherapy [IMRT]), and radiotherapy dose (45 Gy vs 50.4 Gy). Patients are randomized to 1 of 2 treatment arms. - Arm I: Patients undergo standard EBRT or IMRT to the pelvis once daily 5 days a week for 5-6 weeks. Patients also receive concurrent cisplatin IV over 1 hour once weekly for 6 weeks. NOTE: Some patients may also undergo brachytherapy beginning within 7 days after completion of radiotherapy. - Arm II: Patients receive chemoradiotherapy as in arm I. Beginning 4-6 weeks after completion of chemoradiotherapy, patients receive paclitaxel IV over 3 hours and carboplatin IV over 30 minutes on day 1. Treatment repeats every 21 days for 4 courses in the absence of disease progression or unacceptable toxicity. Quality of life is assessed by the FACT-GOG/NTX4, FACT-Cx, and FACIT-D questionnaires at baseline; at the completion of chemoradiotherapy; and then at 6, 12, and 24 months after completion of chemoradiotherapy. Blood and tissue samples may be collected for gene expression analysis by IHC and for biomarker and polymorphism studies. After completion of study treatment, patients are followed up very 3 months for 2 years, every 6 months for 3 years, and then annually thereafter.
Last updated: 09/16/2012