NEOSCOPE: A randomised phase II study of induction chemotherapy followed by oxaliplatin/capecitabine or carboplatin/paclitaxel based pre-operative chemoradiation for resectable oesophageal adenocarcinoma

Somnath Mukherjee, Christopher Nicholas Hurt*, Sarah Gwynne, David Sebag-Montefiore, Ganesh Radhakrishna, Simon Gollins, Maria Hawkins, Heike I. Grabsch, Gareth Jones, Stephen Falk, Ricky Sharma, Andrew Bateman, Rajarshi Roy, Ruby Ray, Jo Canham, Gareth Griffiths, Tim Maughan, Tom Crosby

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Background: Oxaliplatin-capecitabine (OxCap) and carboplatin-paclitaxel (CarPac) based neo-adjuvant chemoradiotherapy (nCRT) have shown promising activity in localised, resectable oesophageal cancer.

Patients and methods: A non-blinded, randomised (1:1 via a centralised computer system), 'pick a winner' phase II trial. Patients with resectable oesophageal adenocarcinoma >= cT3 and/or >= cN1 were randomised to OxCapRT (oxaliplatin 85 mg/m(2) day 1, 15, 29; capecitabine 625 mg/m(2) bd on days of radiotherapy) or CarPacRT (carboplatin AUC2; paclitaxel 50 mg/m(2) day 1, 8, 15, 22, 29). Radiotherapy dose was 45 Gy/25 fractions/5 weeks. Both arms received induction OxCap chemotherapy (2 x 3 week cycles of oxaliplatin 130 mg/m(2) day 1, capecitabine 625 mg/m(2) bd days 1-21). Surgery was performed 6-8 weeks after nCRT. Primary end-point was pathological complete response (pCR). Secondary end-points included toxicity, surgical morbidity/mortality, resection rate and overall survival. Statistics: Based on pCR = 35% would, 76 patients (38/arm) gave 90% power (one-sided alpha 10%), implying that arm(s) having >= 10 pCR out of first 38 patients could be considered for phase III trials. NCT01843829. Funder: Cancer Research UK (C44694/A14614).

Results: Eighty five patients were randomised between October 2013 and February 2015 from 17 UK centres. Three of 85 (3.5%) died during induction chemotherapy. Seventy-seven patients (OxCapRT = 36; CarPacRT = 41) underwent surgery. The 30-d post-operative mortality was 2/77 (2.6%). Grade III/IV toxicity was comparable between arms, although neutropenia was higher in the CarPacRT arm (21.4% versus 2.6%, p = 0.01). Twelve of 41 (29.3%) (10 of first 38 patients) and 4/36 (11.1%) achieved pCR in the CarPacRT and OxcapRT arms, respectively. Corresponding RO resection rates were 33/41 (80.5%) and 26/36 (72.2%), respectively.

Conclusion: Both regimens were well tolerated. Only CarPacRT passed the predefined pCR criteria for further investigation. (C) 2017 The Author(s). Published by Elsevier Ltd.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)38-46
Number of pages9
JournalEuropean Journal of Cancer
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2017


  • Oesophageal
  • Chemotherapy
  • Radiotherapy
  • Surgery
  • Neo-adjuvant
  • Randomised phase II

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