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35, No. 12, 2012
Issue release date: Dezember 2012
Onkologie 2012;35:755–760
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Biliary Tract Cancer: A Survey Regarding the Current Oncological Daily Care Practice in Germany

Sinn M.a · Bischoff S.a · Nehls O.b · Pelzer U.a · von Weizsäcker F.c · Kubicka S.d · Stieler J.M.a · Caca K.e · Riess H.a
aMedizinische Klinik mit Schwerpunkt Hämatologie und Onkologie, Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, bGastroenterologie und Tumormedizin an St. Anna, Stuttgart, cInnere Medizin I, Schlosspark-Klinik, Berlin, dMedizinische Klinik I, Klinikum am Steigenberg Reutlingen, eKlinik für Innere Medizin, Gastroenterologie, Hämato-Onkologie, Diabetologie und Infektiologie, Klinikum Ludwigsburg, Germany


Background: The low incidence and the variable presentation complicate clinical investigations on biliary tract cancer. The results of Valle et al. in 2009 provided, for the first time, an evidence-based palliative treatment for this rare tumor type. So far no data are available in Germany regarding the current daily care practice. Methods: We started this national survey in May 2011, including about 3,400 members of the AIO (Working Group Medical Oncology), DGHO (German Society of Hematology and Oncology) and GGHBB (Society of Gastroenterology and Hepatology in Berlin and Brandenburg). The standardized online form contained questions concerning field of action and diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. Evaluation was conducted anonymously. Results: 162 responses could be obtained, corresponding to a response rate of about 5%. 70.4% of the respondents were physicians in hospitals, 23.5% stated to work in private practices. 61.7% of the respondents were medical oncologists and 27.2% gastroenterologists. 52.5% of the participants pointed out to use the standard regimen of gemcitabine and cisplatin. For second-line regimen, the most frequent answer (29%) specified the administration of oxaliplatin in combination with 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) or capecitabine. Conclusions: This survey may help to clarify the current oncologic daily care procedures for patients with biliary tract cancer in Germany. The results can be helpful for further clinical investigations or the implementation of a tumor-specific register.

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Dr. med. Marianne Sinn
Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Medizinische Klinik
mit Schwerpunkt Hämatologie und Onkologie
Campus Virchow Klinikum
Augustenburger Platz 1, 13353 Berlin, Germany

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Published online: November 20, 2012
Number of Print Pages : 6

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Onkologie (International Journal for Cancer Research and Treatment)

Vol. 35, No. 12, Year 2012 (Cover Date: Dezember 2012)

Journal Editor: Schmoll H.-J. (Halle/Saale), Hallek M. (Köln)
ISSN: 0378-584X (Print), eISSN: 1423-0240 (Online)

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