Inferior Survival of Advanced Pancreatic Cancer Patients Who Received Gemcitabine-Based Chemotherapy but Did Not Participate in Clinical TrialsYang S.-H.a · Kuo Y.-H.a, e · Tien Y.-W.b · Hsu C.a, c, d · Hsu C.-H.a, c, d · Kuo S.-H.a, c, d · Cheng A.-L.a, c, d
Departments of aOncology, bSurgery and cInternal Medicine, National Taiwan University Hospital and College of Medicine, and dCancer Research Center, National Taiwan University College of Medicine, Taipei, and eDepartment of Oncology, National Taiwan University Hospital, Yun-Lin Branch, Yunlin, Taiwan, ROC
Do you have an account?
- Rent for 48h to view
- Buy Cloud Access for unlimited viewing via different devices
- Synchronizing in the ReadCube Cloud
- Printing and saving restrictions apply
Rental: USD 8.50
Cloud: USD 20.00
Article / Publication Details
Background: Advanced pancreatic cancer, even when treated, is highly lethal. The best choice of gemcitabine-based therapy and the prognostic factors affecting the success of treatment remain uncertain. Methods: We identified 159 of 1,475 patients with pancreatic cancer diagnosed in our institution and receiving gemcitabine-based chemotherapy between January 1995 and June 2007. Univariate and multivariate analyses were used to evaluate the prognostic significance of various clinical parameters for overall survival (OS). Results: The median survival after gemcitabine-based therapy was 5.4 months; 89.9% (n = 143) had ductal adenocarcinoma, 55.3% (n = 88) with stage IV. Gemcitabine alone was given to 60 (38%) patients, and gemcitabine with high-dose infusional fluorouracil (5-FU) with (n = 25) or without (n = 39) oxaliplatin was given to 64 (40%) patients. All regimens correlated with OS (p = 0.042) but not with the response rate (RR; p = 0.3). The overall RR was 11.1%, and all responders had a good performance status (PS). The RRs to gemcitabine with infusional 5-FU, and gemcitabine with oxaliplatin and infusional 5-FU were 5.3 and 20.8%, respectively. In a multivariate analysis, old age, advanced stage, poor PS and no enrollment in clinical trials were associated with inferior survival. Conclusions: The outcome for patients who did not participate in clinical trials, regardless of gemcitabine-based treatment, is still bleak.
© 2011 S. Karger AG, Basel
Article / Publication Details
Copyright / Drug Dosage / DisclaimerCopyright: All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be translated into other languages, reproduced or utilized in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording, microcopying, or by any information storage and retrieval system, without permission in writing from the publisher.
Drug Dosage: The authors and the publisher have exerted every effort to ensure that drug selection and dosage set forth in this text are in accord with current recommendations and practice at the time of publication. However, in view of ongoing research, changes in government regulations, and the constant flow of information relating to drug therapy and drug reactions, the reader is urged to check the package insert for each drug for any changes in indications and dosage and for added warnings and precautions. This is particularly important when the recommended agent is a new and/or infrequently employed drug.
Disclaimer: The statements, opinions and data contained in this publication are solely those of the individual authors and contributors and not of the publishers and the editor(s). The appearance of advertisements or/and product references in the publication is not a warranty, endorsement, or approval of the products or services advertised or of their effectiveness, quality or safety. The publisher and the editor(s) disclaim responsibility for any injury to persons or property resulting from any ideas, methods, instructions or products referred to in the content or advertisements.