Neoadjuvant Chemotherapy in Cervical Cancer


Cervical cancer represents the second commonest cancer in women worldwide, with 500,000 new cases and 300,000 deaths reported yearly. Among cervical cancer cases, 80% occur in developing countries and about 70% are identified as advanced cancer. According to the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO) staging system, a locally advanced cervical cancer includes stage IB2 to IIB. Treatment modalities include radical surgery with or without adjuvant radiotherapy (RT), Neoadjuvant Chemotherapy (NAC) plus radical hysterectomy with or without adjuvant RT, and concomitant chemo radiation. Currently, platinum based concurrent chemoradiotherapy is the gold standard for locally advanced cervical carcinoma. Neoadjuvant chemotherapy has many advantages: decreasing tumor size making surgery easier with improved rate of complete resection, decreased pelvic recurrence rate significantly, decreasing rate of parametrial invasion and lymph node metastasis, better brachytherapy distribution, minimal radiation toxicity, and 15% absolute increase of 5-year survival. This study will evaluate various factors i.e. patient related (Age, Menopausal status, HPV, HIV, Comorbidities), Tumor related pathological stages (TNM), grade, lymphovascular perineural invasion, lymph nodes, extranodal extension, tumor margins including radial margin, type of tumor i.e. Adeno vs squamous, mutation profile and Treatment related factors (type of NAC, duration of NAC, no of cycles of NAC).

Full Title of Study: “To Study the Factors Affecting Treatment Responses in Patients With Uterine Cervical Carcinoma Undergoing Neoadjuvant Chemotherapy”

Study Type

  • Study Type: Interventional
  • Study Design
    • Allocation: N/A
    • Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
    • Primary Purpose: Treatment
    • Masking: None (Open Label)
  • Study Primary Completion Date: March 31, 2022

Detailed Description

This is a single group prospective study to evaluate factors affecting treatment responses in uterine cervical carcinoma. All patients who will be receiving NAC followed by surgery will be included and assessed for various defined factors influencing response. Responses will be assessed by RECIST 1.1 criteria. 1. All patients of cervical growth will be evaluated. Initial clinical evaluation, biopsy and if positive, HPV DNA status will be done. On confirmation of malignancy further staging will be done by FIGO Classification. Imaging will include contrast enhanced computed tomography (CECT) abdomen or Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) pelvis and ultrasound (USG) abdomen. Routine blood investigations, chest X-ray (CXR) and Electrocardiography (ECG) will be done. 2. In recruited patients, 3 cycles of NAC consisting of Paclitaxel (175 mg/m2) and Carboplatin (AUC5) at 21 day intervals were given. 3. Adverse reactions if any were recorded as WHO toxicity grades. 4. Evaluation of response was done after end of 2nd cycle of chemotherapy with clinical examination and Imaging (CT/MRI) by RECIST 1.1 criteria. 5. Response was divided into two groups- 1) Complete/ Partial response 2) Poor response/ Stable disease/ Progressive disease. Patients with Poor response/ stable disease/ progressive disease will undergo concurrent chemoradiation (CCRT) while patients with partial/complete response will undergo Wertheim's hysterectomy. 6. After surgery Pathological evaluation will include T, N, M, histological type, Lymphovascular invasion (LVI), Perineural invasion (PNI), Depth of Tumor Invasion, Extra nodal extension (ENE), Grade, (next generation sequencing (NGS)- Mutation Analysis. 7. Post operative external pelvic irradiation was given according to Sedlis criteria in node negative, margin negative, parametria negative cases. 8. Follow up Evaluation was done at 1, 3 & 6 months by clinical examination, Biopsy for any recurrence and Imaging (CECT or MRI pelvis) at 6 months. Follow up was continued every 3 months thereof.


  • Drug: Neoadjuvant chemotherapy
    • doublet of taxane and carboplatin

Arms, Groups and Cohorts

  • Other: Neoadjuvant chemotherapy
    • Patients receiving neoadjuvant paclitaxel 175mg/m2 and carboplatin (AUC5) at three weekly interval by intravenous route

Clinical Trial Outcome Measures

Primary Measures

  • Clinical Response
    • Time Frame: 21 days after completion of third cycles
    • Response to intervention by RACIST criteria 1.1
  • Pathological response
    • Time Frame: 6 months
    • Pathological response after evaluation of surgical specimen and pathological staging

Participating in This Clinical Trial

Inclusion Criteria

  • • All patients receiving NACT followed by Surgery/RT and willing to give consent will be included in study – FIGO Stage Ib/ IIa/ IIb – Age more than 18 yrs Exclusion Criteria:

  • • FIGO Stage Ia/ III/ IV – Patients who received treatment earlier – Pregnant/ lactating women – Second primary cancer

Gender Eligibility: Female

The disease occurs only in females

Minimum Age: 18 Years

Maximum Age: 100 Years

Are Healthy Volunteers Accepted: No

Investigator Details

  • Lead Sponsor
    • Banaras Hindu University
  • Provider of Information About this Clinical Study
    • Principal Investigator: Manoj Pandey, Professor – Banaras Hindu University
  • Overall Official(s)
    • Manoj Pandey, MS, PhD, Principal Investigator, Banaras Hindu University


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