Combination of Radiation Therapy and Peptide Specific CTL Therapy in Treating Patients With Esophageal Cancer
Phase II Study of Radiation Therapy With Peptide Specific CTL Therapy in Treating Patients With Unresectable, Advanced or Recurrent Esophageal Cancer
Immunotherapy is now considered to be one of promising approaches for treating cancer. Radiation therapy has been to be a cornerstone treatment for unresectable advanced esophageal cancer. Radiation-induced mutation genes were identified as new sources of tumor associated antigens using exon sequencing and peptide microarray technologies. Epitope peptides for these targets are able to induce peptide specific cytotoxic T lymphocytes (CTL). In this clinical trial, investigators evaluate the efficacy and safety of peptide specific CTL therapy in combination with radiation therapy in treating patients with unresectable, advanced or recurrent esophageal cancer.
Radiation: RT to 60 Gy, 5 x per week，for 6 weeks Biological: Peptide specific CTL Peptide specific CTL will be administered by intravenous injection on day 28 of radiation.
Inclusion Criteria: Patients must have unresectable, locally advanced, recurrent disease of esophageal cancer. Histologically confirmed cancer of the esophagus. measurable disease by CT scan ECOG performance status of 0 to 2 Expected survival of at least 3months Laboratory values as follow: Absolute neutrophil count (ANC) ≥ 1.5×109 White blood cell count ≥ 3×109/L Platelets ≥ 100×109/L Haemoglobin (Hb) ≥ 10g/dL (patients'Hb should be corrected to >10g/dL before treatment) Adequate liver function (within 1 week prior to randomization) Serum bilirubin ≤ 1.5× ULN Alanine aminotransferase/aspartate transaminase (ALT / AST) ≤ 2.5× ULN Alkaline phosphatase (ALP) ≤ 3× ULN Able and willing to give valid written informed consent Exclusion Criteria: Pregnancy (women of childbearing potential:Refusal or inability to use effective means of contraception) Breastfeeding Active or uncontrolled infection Prior chemotherapy, radiation therapy or immunotherapy Concurrent treatment with steroid or immunosuppressing agent Patient with peptic ulcer disease Other malignancy within 5 years prior to entry into the study, expect for treated non-melanoma skin cancer and cervical carcinoma in situ Disease to the central nervous system Decision of unsuitableness by principal investigator or physician-in-charge