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Nihon Shokakibyo Gakkai Zasshi. 2011 Jul;108(7):1263-70.

[Advanced gallbladder cancer that showed complete response to gemcitabine plus S-1 chemotherapy].

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  • 1Department of Internal Medicine, Saiseikai Central Hospital.


A 57-year-old man with advanced gallbladder cancer and accompanying hepatic, colonic and duodenal invasion and para-aortic lymph node metastasis was referred to our hospital. Gemcitabine plus S-1 administration was chosen. Gemcitabine was administered intravenously at a dose of 1000 mg/m(2) on days 1 and 15, and repeated every 4 weeks. S-1 was administered orally at a dose of 40 mg/m(2) b.i.d. on days 1-14. Chemotherapy was effective for the primary gallbladder tumor and lymph node metastasis. The primary tumor and metastatic lymph nodes were shown to have disappeared by a FDG-PET CT study after 10 courses of chemotherapy. Informed consent was obtained prior to performing surgery of the primary lesion. Pathological examination showed fibrosis and a small focus of residual cancer in the resected gallbladder. Complete resection was achieved as all the margins were negative. The findings suggest that gemcitabine plus S-1 treatment may be effective against advanced gallbladder cancer.

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