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PORTEC-2: Postoperative Radiation Therapy for Endometrial Carcinoma – a multicenter randomised phase III trial comparing external beam radiation and vaginal brachytherapy.


- candidate number1526
- NTR NumberNTR332
- ISRCTNISRCTN16228756
- Date ISRCTN created20-dec-2005
- date ISRCTN requested18-okt-2005
- Date Registered NTR9-sep-2005
- Secondary IDsCKTO 2001-04; LUMC P01.146 
- Public TitlePORTEC-2: Postoperative Radiation Therapy for Endometrial Carcinoma – a multicenter randomised phase III trial comparing external beam radiation and vaginal brachytherapy.
- Scientific TitlePostoperative Radiation Therapy for Endometrial Carcinoma – a multicenter randomised phase III trial comparing external beam radiation and vaginal brachytherapy.
- ACRONYMPORTEC-2
- hypothesisVaginal brachytherapy, as compared to external beam pelvic radiotherapy, will provide equal 5-year vaginal control and overall survival, with less treatment related morbidity and better quality of life.
- Healt Condition(s) or Problem(s) studiedEndometrial carcinoma
- Inclusion criteria1. Endometrial carcinoma, with one of the following combinations of postoperative FIGO stage and age:
a. Stage 1C grade 1 or 2 and age 60 or over;
b. Stage 1B grade 3 and age 60 or over;
c. Stage 2A, any age, grade 1 or 2;
d. Stage 2A, any age, grade 3 with < ½ myometrial invasion;
2. Surgery consisted of a total abdominal hysterectomy and bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy (TAH-BSO);
3. Histologically proven adenocarcinoma; grade of differentiation determined according to the FIGO/AFIP criteria; depth of myometrial invasion documented;
4. WHO-performance status 0-2;
5. Written informed consent.
- Exclusion criteria1. One of the following combinations of FIGO stage and age:
a. Stage 2B, 3 or 4;
b. Stage 2A and grade 3 with 50% or greater myometrial invasion;
c. Stage IA or IB grade 1 or 2;
d. Stage 1B grade 3 and age below 60;
e. Stage 1C grade 1 or 2 and age below 60;
f. Stage IC grade 3, any age;
2. Histological subtypes papillary serous carcinoma or clear cell carcinoma;
3. Routine staging lymphadenectomy;
4. Interval between the operation and start of radiotherapy exceeding 8 weeks;
5. History of any previous malignancy, except for basal cell carcinoma of the skin;
6. Previous pelvic radiotherapy;
7. Hormonal therapy or chemotherapy for this tumour;
8. Prior diagnosis of Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis.
- mec approval receivedyes
- multicenter trialyes
- randomisedyes
- masking/blindingNone
- controlActive
- groupParallel
- Type2 or more arms, randomized
- Studytypeintervention
- planned startdate 1-jun-2002
- planned closingdate1-sep-2006
- Target number of participants400
- InterventionsPatients are randomized to receive external beam pelvic radiotherapy (standard arm: 46 Gy in 2 Gy fractions in 5 weeks) or vaginal brachytherapy (study arm: HDR 21 Gy in 3 fractions of 7 Gy, each 1 week apart; or MDR 28 Gy in one session; or LDR 30 Gy in one session).
- Primary outcome5-year actuarial vaginal relapse.
- Secondary outcome1. 5-year overall survival and cancer-specific survival;
2. quality of life and treatment related morbidity;
3. 5-year rates of pelvic and distant relapse;
4. Local control and survival after relapse.
- TimepointsN/A
- Trial web sitehttp://www.clinicalresearch.nl/portec2
- statusstopped: trial finished
- CONTACT FOR PUBLIC QUERIESDr. C.L. Creutzberg
- CONTACT for SCIENTIFIC QUERIESDr. C.L. Creutzberg
- Sponsor/Initiator Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC), Department of Clinical Oncology
- Funding
(Source(s) of Monetary or Material Support)
Dutch Cancer Society, CKTO, Koningin Wilhelmina Fonds (KWF)
- Publications1. Nout RA, Smit VTHB, Putter H, et al: Vaginal brachytherapy versus pelvic external beam radiotherapy for patients with endometrial carcinoma of high-intermediate risk (PORTEC-2): an open-label, non-inferiority, randomised trial. Lancet 375:816-823, 2010.
2. Nout RA, Putter H, Jurgenliemk-Schulz IM, et al: Quality of life after pelvic radiotherapy or vaginal brachytherapy for endometrial cancer: first results of the randomized PORTEC-2 trial. J Clin Oncol 27:3547-3556, 2009.
3. Nout RA, Putter H, Jurgenliemk-Schulz IM, et al: Five-year quality of life of endometrial cancer patients treated in the randomised Post Operative Radiation Therapy in Endometrial Cancer (PORTEC-2) trial and comparison with norm data. Eur J Cancer 2011, Epub.
- Brief summaryBackground and aim of the study:
The PORTEC-1 trial has demonstrated that postoperative external beam radiotherapy for stage 1 endometrial cancer significantly increases local control (from 85 to 96%), but has no impact on survival. Salvage therapy for isolated vaginal recurrence, the main site of recurrence in the control group, was effective with a complete remission rate of 89% and actuarial 5-year survival of 65% in the control group. The use of postoperative RT should therefore be limited to the group of patients at sufficiently high risk of locoregional recurrence (15% or over) to warrant the risk of treatment associated morbidity in order to maximize initial local control and relapse-free survival.
It was concluded that RT should be limited to those subgroups of stage 1 endometrial cancer with at least 2 of the following 3 major risk factors: grade 3, age 60 and over, outer 50% myometrial invasion.
For these subgroups (2 of the 3 risk factors) combined, the rate of locoregional relapse in the control arm of the PORTEC trial was 19%. Omitting RT in these subgroups would leave these patients at a significant risk of vaginal and pelvic relapse.
Recent studies have reported that vaginal brachytherapy provides high vaginal control rates (95% and over), comparable to external beam pelvic radiotherapy, with very low morbidity rates. These studies included, however, mainly low-risk patients. The PORTEC –2 trial was designed to investigate whether vaginal brachytherapy may be used in intermediate-risk endometrial carcinoma patients to obtain equally high vaginal control and 5-year survival rates with less side effects and better quality of life.


Population, study design, intervention:
Patients with endometrial carcinoma stages IB-2A will after surgery be randomized to receive postoperative external beam pelvic radiotherapy (46 Gy in 2 Gy fractions in 5 weeks; standard arm) or vaginal brachytherapy (HDR 21 Gy in 3 fractions of 7 Gy, each 1 week apart; or MDR 28 Gy or LDR 30 Gy in one session; study arm). Patients are stratified by FIGO stage (IB, IC or 2A), RT center, brachytherapy dose rate (LDR or HDR), and patient age (below 60 or 60 and over) using a minimisation procedure.


Endpoints and statistics:
The primary study endpoint is 5-year actuarial vaginal relapse. Secondary endpoints are 5-year overall survival and cancer-specific survival; quality of life and treatment related morbidity; 5-year rates of pelvic and distant relapse; and local control and survival after relapse.
To estimate the difference in vaginal relapse rate (competing risk) with sufficient precision (based on a rate of vaginal relapse of 2% in the ERT group) 200 patients will be recruited in each treatment arm.
The study has sufficient power (>80%) for detecting a difference of 6% (8% vs 2%) or more in vaginal relapse between the study arms.
The repeated measures of the QLQ-C30 functional and symptom scales and of the global health index will be analysed to evaluate the differences between the treatment groups with respect to quality of life during treatment and up to 5 years thereafter.


Side studies:
Tumour samples will be collected and saved in a dedicated tissue bank for immunohistochemical studies and/or molecular genetic studies studies of new prognostic factors and factors predicting response to radiotherapy.
- Main changes (audit trail)
- RECORD9-sep-2005 - 30-jan-2012


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