Radiation Therapy and Chemotherapy in Treating Patients With Stage I Bladder Cancer


RATIONALE: Radiation therapy uses high-energy x-rays to kill tumor cells. Specialized radiation therapy that delivers a high dose of radiation directly to the tumor may kill more tumor cells and cause less damage to normal tissue. Drugs used in chemotherapy, such as cisplatin, work in different ways to stop the growth of tumor cells, either by killing the cells or by stopping them from dividing. Giving radiation therapy together with cisplatin may kill more tumor cells. PURPOSE: This phase II trial is studying how well radiation therapy given together with cisplatin works in treating patients with stage I bladder cancer.

Study Start Date

November 2009

Estimated Completion Date

October 2018


  • Drug: cisplatin
  • Drug: fluorouracil
  • Drug: mitomycin C
  • Radiation: 3-dimensional conformal radiation therapy


  • Urology: Bladder,Oncology
  • Oncology: Pharmacology/Therapy,Radiation Oncology,Renal/Urologic

MeSH Terms

  • Antineoplastic Combined Chemotherapy Protocols
  • Radiotherapy
  • Urinary Bladder Neoplasms

Study ID

National Cancer Institute (NCI) -- CDR0000654727



Trial ID


Study Type


Trial Phase

Phase 2

Enrollment Quota



National Cancer Institute (NCI)

  • Carcinoma of the bladder pathologically (histologically or cytologically) diagnosed within the past 10 weeks, meeting either of the following criteria:
  • Patients with operable tumors that are primary transitional cell carcinoma of the bladder exhibiting histologic evidence of invasion into the lamina propria (disease clinical stage T1) without evidence of muscularis propria invasion (muscularis propria must be present in the transurethral resection of the bladder tumor [TURBT] specimen) and are AJCC clinical stage T1, NX or N0, M0 without hydronephrosis
  • Patients with disease involvement of the prostatic urethra with transitional cell carcinoma and have no evidence of stromal invasion of the prostate
  • No pN+ or > T1 disease
  • No histologically or cytologically confirmed node metastases
  • If radiologic evaluation of a lymph node is interpreted as "positive", this must be evaluated further either by lymphadenectomy or by percutaneous needle biopsy
  • No evidence of distant metastases
  • Must have a T1G2 or T1G3 transitional cell carcinoma that has recurred within 18 months after initial treatment for <= T1 tumors (TURBT and intravesical BCG immunotherapy) or have presented to a participating urologist who judged BCG therapy is contraindicated because patient may be immunocompromised
  • Patients for whom radical cystectomy is the standard next therapy per urologic guidelines, in the judgement of the participating urologist, are eligible
  • Must have an adequately functioning bladder as judged by the participating urologist and radiation oncologist and have undergone a visibly complete re-staging TURBT by the participating urologist that shows (or is present on the outside pathology specimen) a T1G2 or T1G3 tumor with uninvolved muscularis propria in the specimen and, if on prostatic urethral biopsy mucosal carcinoma is present, there is no evidence on biopsy in the prostatic stroma of tumor invasion PATIENT CHARACTERISTICS:
  • Zubrod performance status 0-1
  • WBC >= 4,000/mm^3
  • ANC >= 1,800/mm^3
  • Platelet count >= 100,000/mm^3
  • Hemoglobin >= 10.0 g/dL (transfusion or other intervention allowed)
  • Serum creatinine <= 1.5 mg/dL
  • Serum bilirubin <= 2.0 mg/dL
  • Not pregnant
  • Negative pregnancy test
  • Fertile patients must use effective contraception
  • Able to tolerate systemic chemotherapy combined with radiotherapy and a radical cystectomy (if necessary), in the opinions of the urologist, radiation oncologist, and medical oncologist
  • No prior or concurrent malignancy of any other site or histology (except for nonmelanomatous skin cancer, T1a prostate cancer, or carcinoma in situ of the uterine cervix) unless the patient has been disease-free for >= 5 years
  • No severe, active co-morbidity including any of the following:
  • Unstable angina and/or congestive heart failure that required hospitalization within the past 6 months
  • Transmural myocardial infarction that occurred within the past 6 months
  • Acute bacterial or fungal infection requiring IV antibiotics at the time of registration
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease exacerbation or other respiratory illness requiring hospitalization or precluding any study therapy at the time of registration
  • Hepatic insufficiency resulting in clinical jaundice and/or coagulation defects
  • AIDS based upon the current Centers for Disease Control definition (HIV testing not required)
  • No prior allergic reaction to cisplatin PRIOR CONCURRENT THERAPY:
  • No prior systemic chemotherapy for bladder cancer
  • Prior chemotherapy for a different cancer allowed
  • No prior radiotherapy to the region of this cancer that would result in overlap of radiotherapy fields
  • No concurrent drugs that have potential nephrotoxicity or ototoxicity (e.g., aminoglycoside)
  • Gender



    18 Years and older

    Accepts Healthy Volunteers


    Study Locations and Contact Information (8)

    Study Location Distance Name Phone Email
    Hudner Oncology Center at Saint Annes Hospital Fall River - Fall River, Massachusetts 47.2 miles Clinical Trials Office Hudner Oncology Center at Saint Anne 508-674-5600 None
    Norris Cotton Cancer Center North - Saint Johnsbury, Vermont 150.9 miles Alan C Hartford MD PhD 603-650-6600 None
    St Agnes Hospital Cancer Center - Baltimore, Maryland 362.5 miles Richard S Hudes MD 410-368-2965 None
    Cancer Care Center Incorporated - Salem, Ohio 515.7 miles William F Demas MD 330-375-3557 None
    Barberton Citizens Hospital - Barberton, Ohio 551.6 miles William F Demas MD 330-375-3557 None
    Cancer Treatment Center - Wooster, Ohio 572.1 miles Clinical Trials Office Cancer Treatment Center 330-375-4221 None
    Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University - Atlanta, Georgia 932.0 miles Clinical Trials Office Winship Cancer Institute 404-778-1900 None
    Emory Crawford Long Hospital - Atlanta, Georgia 935.3 miles Peter J Rossi 404-686-4411 None

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