Schéma : Study Arms:
- Experimental: A (MAGIC)
MAGIC regimen: Arm A consists of 3 cycles of chemotherapy pre-surgery and a further 3 cycles of chemotherapy post-surgery. Each cycle of chemotherapy lasts 21 days/3 weeks. The drugs used in the MAGIC regimen include Epirubicin, Cisplatin and 5-Flourouracil/ Capecitabine
- Drug: Epirubicin
- Drug: Cisplatin
- Drug: 5 Flourouracil/ Capecitabine
- Experimental: B (CROSS)
Arm B consists of the CROSS protocol, which includes a combination of chemotherapy and radiotherapy prior to surgery. The patient will receive 5 weeks of radiation therapy and 5 weekly cycles of chemotherapy. The radiation will generally commence on the 1st day of treatment and will run for 5 weeks as follows: days 1-5, days 8-12, days 15-19, days 22-26 and days 29-31 inclusive. The chemotherapy and radiotherapy will run concurrently over a 5-week period. Chemotherapy is given by intravenous infusion on days 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29.
- Radiation: (41.4 Gy/23 fractions)
- Drug: Paclitaxel
- Drug: Carboplatin
Primary Objective: To evaluate one, two and three year survival of patients treated with resection plus neoadjuvant and adjuvant chemotherapy versus resection plus neoadjuvant chemo radiotherapy.
Secondary Objective(s): To evaluate the effect of both neoadjuvant regimens on clinical and pathological response rate (in particular relief of dysphagia, improvement in health related quality of life (HRQL), endoscopic regression, and CT-PET evidence of tumour response), tumour regression grade, node-positivity, post-operative pathology, disease-free survival, time to treatment failure, toxicity, post-operative complications and Health Related Quality of Life (HRQL).
Exploratory Objective(s): Translational Research: The collection of blood and tissue samples for storage in the bio bank for future research.
Phase : III
Stade : Localisé