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Phase I Trial of Metabolic Reprogramming Therapy for Treatment of Recurrent Head and Neck Cancers

The purpose of this study is to study the effect of the drug DCA (dichloroacetate) on recurrent head and neck cancers. Part of this study will also use EF5 PET scan to study tumor hypoxia.

Stanford is not currently accepting new patients for this trial. You may want to check to see if other locations are recruiting.



  • device : EF5
  • drug : Dichloroacetate

Phase: Phase 1


Ages Eligible For Study:

18 Years - N/A

Inclusion Criteria

- Pathologically confirmed head and neck squamous cell carcinoma - Age > 18 years old - Patients must have unresectable disease in which there is no accepted potentially curative treatment option - Patients must have acceptable organ and marrow function as defined below: - leukocytes >3,000/uL - absolute neutrophil count >1,500/uL - platelets >90,000/uL - total bilirubin <=1.5X normal institutional limits - AST(SGOT)/ALT(SGPT) <=2.5 X normal institutional limits with the following exceptions: 1. Patients with documented tumors involving the liver who have Grade <2 elevations in AST, ALT, and/or alkaline phosphatase are eligible if <5X ULN. 2. Patients with documented tumors involving bone who have a Grade <2 elevation in alkaline phosphatase are eligible if <5X ULN. - creatinine <=1.5X normal institutional limits OR creatinine clearance >50 mL/min on the basis of the Cockcroft-Gault glomerular filtration rate estimation - Patients must have non-cranial gross disease that is greater than 1 cm on CT scan prior to enrollment - Disease must be FDG-avid on PET scanning - Creatinine within normal institutional limits - Eastern Clinical Oncology Group performance status 0, 1 or 2 (Appendix 1) - Life expectancy > 12 weeks - Both men and women and members of all races and ethnic groups are eligible for this trial.

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Stanford University
School of Medicine
300 Pasteur Drive
Stanford, CA 94305
Not Recruiting

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