Background/Aims: The aim of this prospective phase II study was to evaluate the effect of neoadjuvant GEMOX plus helical tomotherapy on the resectability of locally advanced pancreatic cancer. Methodology: Between November 2004 and July 2008, 33 enrolled patients received gemcitabine (GEM) 1000mg/m2 on day 1, and oxaliplatin (OX) 100mg/m2 on day 2, every two weeks for 3-4 cycles. This was followed by radiotherapy (25Gy, 5 fractions), 15 days after completion of GEMOX. Patients then received a further 3-4 cycles of GEMOX, underwent restaging and were evaluated for surgery. Potentially resectable patients were submitted to surgery, while unresectable responders received further GEMOX and radiotherapy. Results: Toxicity to GEMOX was similar to that reported elsewhere and radiotherapy was also well tolerated. After treatment, one patient achieved a complete response, 14 had a partial response, 11 showed a stable disease, 6 progressed, and one was not evaluable. Eight patients (24%) underwent surgical laparotomy (7 radical pancreatic resections and one explorative laparotomy). Conclusions: Our study shows the feasibility and potential efficacy of the GEMOX plus helical tomotherapy regimen in unresectable locally advanced pancreatic cancer.
|Number of pages||5|
|Publication status||Published - Mar 2011|
- Locally advanced pancreatic cancer
- Neoadjuvant therapy
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