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Pancreas. 2008 Jan;36(1):e26-32. doi: 10.1097/mpa.0b013e31814b229a.

Neoadjuvant chemoradiation in patients with potentially resectable pancreatic cancer.

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  • 1Department of Surgery, Kansai Medical University, Hirakata-City, Osaka, Japan. takai@hirakata.kmu.ac.jp

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

To retrospectively evaluate the efficacy and tolerability of 5-fluorouracil and low-dose cisplatin (FP)-based preoperative concurrent chemoradiotherapy (PCRT) and gemcitabine (GEM)-based PCRT in patients with potentially resectable pancreatic cancer.

METHODS:

Between December 2000 and December 2004, 32 patients with potentially resectable pancreatic cancer were treated with PCRT. All patients received external beam radiotherapy (total dose of 40 Gy) for 4 weeks. Concurrently, chemotherapy was performed intravenously with continuous 5-fluorouracil 200 mg/m2/d and intermittent cisplatin bolus 3 to 6 mg/m2/d for 4 weeks (Arm FP-PCRT, n = 14) or weekly GEM 400 mg/m2 for 3 weeks (Arm GEM-PCRT, n = 18). The patients were restaged 3 to 4 weeks after the end of PCRT and explored for resection in cases without distant metastases.

RESULTS:

The 3-year survival rates and median survival were 29.4% and 20.5 months for the resected patients (n = 24) and 0% and 5.5 months for unresected patients (n = 8), respectively (P < 0.0001). The 1-, 2-, 3-year survival rates and median survival were 87.5%, 62.5%, 33.3%, and 26 months for the resected patients treated with FP-PCRT and 75%, 40%, 26.7%, and 19.9 months for the resected patients treated with GEM-PCRT (respectively; P = not significant). Most of the toxicities of both regimens were slight and were in grade1 to 2. Grade 1 to 3 leukopenia (43% vs 100%) and thrombocytopenia (0% vs 39%) were significantly different between the FP-PCRT and GEM-PCRT patients.

CONCLUSIONS:

The PCRT regimens in this article enabled selection of 24 of 32 patients for surgery and resulted in encouraging survival results and acceptable toxicities.

PMID:
18192876
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