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Ann Oncol. 2008 Feb;19(2):340-7. Epub 2007 Oct 24.

Capecitabine plus oxaliplatin (CapOx) versus capecitabine plus gemcitabine (CapGem) versus gemcitabine plus oxaliplatin (mGemOx): final results of a multicenter randomized phase II trial in advanced pancreatic cancer.

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Medizinische Klinik und Poliklinik III, Klinikum Grosshadern, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universit√§t M√ľnchen, Germany.



To compare the efficacy and safety of three different chemotherapy doublets in the treatment of advanced pancreatic cancer (PC).


At total of 190 patients were randomly assigned to receive capecitabine 1000 mg/m(2) twice daily on days 1-14 plus oxaliplatin 130 mg/m(2) on day 1 (CapOx), capecitabine 825 mg/m(2) twice daily on days 1-14 plus gemcitabine 1000 mg/m(2) on days 1 and 8 (CapGem) or gemcitabine 1000 mg/m(2) on days 1 and 8 plus oxaliplatin 130 mg/m(2) on day 8 (mGemOx). Treatment cycles were repeated every three weeks. The primary end point was progression-free survival (PFS) rate at 3 months; secondary end points included objective response rate, carbohydrate antigen 19-9 response, clinical benefit response, overall survival and toxicity.


The PFS rate after 3 months was 51% in the CapOx arm, 64% in the CapGem arm and 60% in the mGemOx arm. Median PFS was estimated with 4.2 months, 5.7 months and 3.9 months, respectively (P = 0.67). Corresponding median survival times were: 8.1 months (CapOx), 9.0 months (CapGem) and 6.9 months (mGemOx) (P = 0.56). Grade 3/4 hematological toxicities were more frequent in the two Gem-containing arms; grade 3/4 non-hematological toxicity rates did not exceed 15% in any arm.


CapOx, CapGem and mGemOx have similar clinical efficacy in advanced PC. Each regimen has a distinct but manageable tolerability profile.

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