Clinical outcomes and safety of patients treated with nab-paclitaxel plus gemcitabine in metastatic pancreatic cancer: The napa study

Martina Catalano, Giandomenico Roviello, Raffaele Conca, Alberto D’angelo, Valeria Emma Palmieri, Benedetta Panella, Roberto Petrioli, Anna Ianza, Stefania Nobili, Enrico Mini, Monica Ramello

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Background: The phase III MPACT trial demonstrated the superiority of gemcitabine (Gem) combined with Nab-paclitaxel (Nab-P) versus gemcitabine alone in previously untreated patients with metastatic pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC). The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effect of Gem/Nab-P in routine clinical practice. Methods: From January 2015 to December 2018, patients with metastatic PDAC receiving first-line treatment with a combination of gemcitabine and Nab-paclitaxel were included in a multicen-tre retrospective observational study. Exploratory analyses of efficacy, and prognostic and predictive markers, were performed. Results: The cohort comprised 115 patients (median age 65 [range 50-84] years) with good perfor-mance status (ECOG PS 0-1). The median overall survival (OS) was 11 months (95% CI; 9-13) and the median progression-free survival (PFS) was 6 months (95% CI 5-7). Partial response and stable disease were achieved in 44 and 30 patients, respectively, yielding an overall disease control rate (DCR) of 64.3%. Grade 3-4 hematological toxicity frequency was 22.61% for neutropenia, 5.22% for anemia, and 3.48% for thrombocytopenia. Grade 3 asthenia was recorded in 2.61% of pa-tients. No grade 4 non-hematological events were reported. Dose reduction was necessary in 51.3% of the patients. Conclusion: Our results confirm the efficacy and safety of a first-line regimen comprising gemc-itabine and Nab-paclitaxel in metastatic PDAC in a real-life population.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)887-895
Number of pages9
JournalCurrent Cancer Drug Targets
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 2020


  • Cancer
  • Combined chemotherapy
  • Gemcitabine
  • Metastatic pancreatic adenocarcinoma
  • Nab-paclitaxel
  • Prognostic factor

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Pharmacology
  • Drug Discovery
  • Cancer Research


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