A phase III trial to study Esophageal Adenocarcinoma

This study is being done to compare the effects, good and/or bad, of the addition of trastuzumab to standard chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery for patients with HER2 positive esophageal cancer.
Cancer - Esophogus, Cancer
Seth Kaufman, MD
D’Amour Center for Cancer Care, 3350 Main Street, Springfield, MA
This randomized phase III trial studies how well radiation therapy, paclitaxel, and carboplatin with or without trastuzumab work in treating patients with esophageal cancer. Radiation therapy uses high-energy x-rays to kill tumor cells. Drugs used in chemotherapy, such as paclitaxel and carboplatin, work in different ways to stop the growth of tumor cells, either by killing the cells, by stopping them from dividing, or by stopping them from spreading. Monoclonal antibodies, such as trastuzumab, may interfere with the ability of tumor cells to grow and spread. It is not yet known whether giving radiation therapy and combination chemotherapy together with or without trastuzumab is more effective in treating esophageal cancer.

Participants must have confirmed esophageal cancer, HER2 positive, and no prior chemotherapy or radiation.

Interventional (Clinical Trial), Randomized
Dawn DeMarinis