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Radiother Oncol. 2009 Aug;92(2):226-30. doi: 10.1016/j.radonc.2009.04.010. Epub 2009 May 10.

Long-term results of concurrent radiotherapy and UFT in patients with locally advanced pancreatic cancer.

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  • 1Department of Oncology, Odense University Hospital, Sdr. Boulevard 29, Odense C, Denmark.



Definition and treatment options for locally advanced non-resectable pancreatic cancer (LAPC) vary. Treatment options range from palliative chemotherapy to chemoradiotherapy (CRT). Several studies have shown that a number of patients become resectable after complementary treatment prior to surgery.


From 2001 to 2005, 63 consecutive patients with unresectable LAPC received CRT. CRT was given at a dose of 50 Gy/27 fractions, combined with UFT (300 mg/m(2)/day) and folinic acid. Re-evaluation of resectability was planned 4-6 weeks after completion of CRT.


Fifty-eight patients completed all 27 treatment fractions. Toxicity was generally mild, with 18 patients experiencing CTCAE grade 3 or worse acute reactions. One patient died following a treatment-related infection. Two patients developed grade 4 upper GI bleeding. Median survival was 10.6 (8-13) months. Eleven patients underwent resection, leading to a resection rate of 17%, and a median survival of 46 (23-nr) months. All 11 patients had a R0 resection. Median survival for the patients not resected was 8.8 (8-12) months.


CRT with 50 Gy combined with UFT, is a well-tolerated and effective treatment for patients with LAPC. R0 resection was possible in 17% leading to a long median survival of 46 months in resected patients.

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