Role of taxanes in pancreatic cancer

Carmen Belli, Stefano Cereda, Michele Reni

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Pancreatic cancer is one of the most deadly cancers and is characterized by a poor prognosis. Single agent gemcitabine, despite its limited activity and modest impact on disease outcome, is considered as the standard therapy in pancreatic cancer. Most of the combination regimens used in the treatment of this disease, also including the targeted agents, did not improve the outcome of patients. Also, taxanes have been tested as single agent and in combination chemotherapy, both in first line and as salvage chemotherapy, as another possible option for treating pancreatic cancer. The inclusion of taxanes in combination with gemcitabine as upfront therapy obtained promising results. Accordingly, taxanes, and above all, new generation taxanes, appear to be suitable candidates for further testing to assess their role against pancreatic cancer in various clinical settings.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4457-4465
Number of pages9
JournalWorld Journal of Gastroenterology
Issue number33
Publication statusPublished - 2012


  • ABI-007
  • Advanced disease
  • Chemotherapy
  • Drug combinations
  • Metastatic disease
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Radiotherapy
  • Taxanes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gastroenterology


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