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Oncology. 2004;67(2):93-7.

Combined irinotecan and oxaliplatin in patients with advanced pre-treated pancreatic cancer.

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  • 1Department of Oncology, ASL 1, Massa-Carrara, Italy.



This study evaluated the clinical activity and toxicity of combination chemotherapy with irinotecan and oxaliplatin in patients with advanced pancreatic cancer that had progressed despite > or =1 course of a gemcitabine-containing regimen.


Thirty patients with metastatic pancreatic cancer and Karnofsky performance status > or =70 received oxaliplatin 60 mg/m2 on days 1 + 15 and irinotecan 60 mg/m2 on days 1 + 8 + 15 every 4 weeks. Patients were assessed on the basis of clinical benefit response, changes in serum tumour marker CA 19-9, objective tumour response, time to progressive disease (TTP), and survival.


Six patients (20%) had clinical benefit response (median duration of 7.2 months). CA 19-9 levels were reduced > or =50% from baseline in 8 patients (26%) and remained stable in 8 patients. CT scans revealed that 3 patients (10%) had a partial response and 7 (23%) had stable disease. Two patients (7%) were down-staged and underwent surgery. Median TTP was 4.1 months, median survival was 5.9 months and the 1-year survival rate was 23.3%. The most serious adverse events were grade 3-4 leukopenia in 2 patients (6%), grade 3 neuropathy in 2 (6%) and grade 3 diarrhoea in 1 (3%).


Chemotherapy with irinotecan and oxaliplatin is an active and well-tolerated combination in patients with advanced pre-treated pancreatic cancer.

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