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Int J Pancreatol. 1997 Oct;22(2):81-93.

Treatment of pancreatic cancer. Promises and problems of tamoxifen, somatostatin analogs, and gemcitabine.

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Department of Surgery and Medicine, McGill University, Montreal, Canada.

Abstract

The clinical problem posed by pancreatic cancer is introduced, and the epidemiology and pathology of the disease are briefly presented. The natural history of this tumor is then described in order to highlight the deficiencies of current therapeutic modalities. The extremely poor results of the early drug trials are reviewed, followed by a detailed discussion and critique of the trials of novel treatments that include gemcitabine, somatostatin analogs, and tamoxifen. Finally, areas for future development are indicated.

PMID:
9387029
DOI:
10.1007/BF02787465
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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