Recurrent Skin Cancer | Cetuximab Before Surgery in Treating Patients With Aggressive Locally Advanced Skin Cancer

Recurrent Skin Cancer research study

What is the primary objective of this study?

This pilot clinical trial studies the side effects and how well cetuximab before surgery works in treating patients with skin cancer that forms, grows, and spreads quickly and has spread from where it started to nearby tissue or lymph nodes. Monoclonal antibodies, such as cetuximab, may block tumor growth in different ways be targeting certain cells. Giving cetuximab before surgery may make the tumor smaller and reduce the amount of normal tissue that needs to be removed.

Who is eligible to participate?

Inclusion Criteria: - Patients must have untreated or relapsed SCCS that is considered to be aggressive and locally advanced by the following criteria: tumors 2 cm or more, tumors invading deep tissues such as muscle, cartilage or bone; tumors showing perineural invasion, and/or tumors metastatic to loco-regional lymph nodes; patients may have had prior surgical interventions or been treated with investigational agents with residual or recurrent disease - Patients must give informed consent - Patients must agree to pre- and post-treatment biopsies - Patients must have an Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG) performance status =< 2 - Estimated life expectancy of at least 12 weeks - Negative pregnancy test Exclusion Criteria: - Second primary malignancy only if treatment would interfere with the patient's participation in this trial in the opinion of the treating physician; clear exceptions are 1) patient had a second primary malignancy but has been treated and disease free for at least 3 years, 2) in situ carcinoma (e.g. in situ carcinoma of the cervix) and, 3) additional skin cancers that have been definitively treated by surgery and/or radiation; patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia will be allowed if their blood counts are within acceptable hematologic parameters and if they are not currently requiring cytotoxic or biologic anticancer treatment (supportive treatment such as intravenous immunoglobulin [IVIG] is permitted) - Patients with distant organ metastases will not be included in this study - Serious concomitant systemic disorders (including active infections) that would compromise the safety of the patient or compromise the patient's ability to complete the study, at the discretion of the investigator - History of allergic reactions attributed to compounds of similar chemical or biologic composition to cetuximab or other agents used in the study - Women who are pregnant; women of childbearing age must agree to undergo a pregnancy test prior to therapy and to use adequate contraception (hormonal or barrier method of birth control; abstinence) prior to study entry, for the duration of study participation and for 6 months after; should a woman become pregnant or suspect she is pregnant while participating in this study, she should inform her treating physician immediately - Serum calcium (ionized or adjusted for albumin) < 8 mg/dl (1.75 mmol/L) or > 12.5 mg/dl (> 3.1 mmol/L) despite intervention to normalize levels - Magnesium < 1.4 mg/dl (< 0.4 mmol/L) or > 3 mg/dl (> 1.23 mmol/L) despite intervention to normalize levels - Potassium < 3.5 mmol/L or > 6 mmol/L despite intervention to normalize levels - Prior radiation therapy is not an exclusion however, patient must have documented progression at the radiation site

Which medical condition, disease, disorder, syndrome, illness, or injury is researched?

Recurrent Skin Cancer

Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Skin

Study Interventions

Interventions can include giving participants drugs, medical devices, procedures, vaccines, and other products that are either investigational or already available or noninvasive approaches such as surveys, education, and interviews.

Biological:cetuximabGiven IV

Other:laboratory biomarker analysisCorrelative studies

Study Arms

Research studies and clinical trials typically have two or more research arms. An arm is a group of people who receive the same treatment in the study.

Treatment (cetuximab)Patients receive cetuximab IV over 60-120 minutes once weekly for 8 weeks.

Study Status


Start Date: January 2015

Completed Date: November 2020

Phase: N/A

Type: Interventional


Primary Outcome: Response rate of cetuximab by RECIST criteria

Secondary Outcome: Progression-free survival

Study sponsors, principal investigator, and references

Principal Investigator: Janice Mehnert

Lead Sponsor: Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Collaborator: National Cancer Institute (NCI)

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