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South Asian J Cancer. 2019 Apr-Jun;8(2):108-111. doi: 10.4103/sajc.sajc_38_18.

Efficacy and safety of concurrent chemoradiotherapy with or without Nimotuzumab in unresectable locally advanced squamous cell carcinoma of head and neck: Prospective comparative study - ESCORT-N study.

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Department of Radiation Oncology, Command Hospital (CC), Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India.
Department of Radiation Oncology, Army Hospital (R and R), Delhi Cantt, New Delhi, India.
Department of Medical Oncologist, INHS Ashwini, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India.



Nimotuzumab is an anti-epidermal growth factor receptor monoclonal antibody which can be added to chemoradiotherapy (CRT) to improve efficacy for management of locally advanced squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck (LASCCHN). We prospectively evaluated the efficacy and safety of nimotuzumab with CRT for LASCCHN and compared with CRT alone.

Materials and Methods:

In this prospective study, 29 LASCCHN (Stage III-IVb) patients received Nimotuzumab plus CRT or CRT alone. Treatment included six cycles of cisplatin (40-50 mg/week) or carboplatin (area under the curve-based), nimotuzumab (200 mg/week), and radiotherapy (60-70 Gy). Tumor response was evaluated as per response evaluation criteria in solid tumors criteria. MoS was estimated using the Kaplan-Meier method. Toxicity and adverse events (AE's) were assessed as per CTCAE v 4.0.


At 24 weeks after completion of treatment, the tumor response rate (complete response, partial response, stable disease) was 53.3% and 35.7% favoring nimotuzumab arm while progression of disease was 40% and 35.7% in Nimotuzumab plus CRT and CRT groups, respectively. However, the objective response rate was 57% and 30% in favor of nimotuzumab arm. At median follow-up of 45.5 months, MoS was 33 months in Nimotuzumab plus CRT and 27 months in CRT group. The 5-year survival rate was 33.3% in Nimotuzumab plus CRT versus 7.1% in CRT group. Nimotuzumab was observed to be safe with no additional AE's such as hypersensitivity, hypomagnesemia, and allergic reaction was reported.


Addition of Nimotuzumab to standard CRT showed improved survival rate in unresectable, LASCCHN patients without producing additional toxicity.


Locally advanced head-and-neck carcinoma; monoclonal antibody; nimotuzumab

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