Treatment of advanced pancreatic carcinoma with the somatostatin analogue BIM 23014. Preliminary results of a pilot study

L. Canobbio, F. Boccardo, D. Cannata, P. Gallotti, R. Epis

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Abstract

Treatment of advanced pancreatic cancer has not improved substantially in recent years. The search for new agents or new therapeutic modalities may be critical for further development in the therapy of this disease. Experimental and clinical findings suggest that it might be possible to develop a new hormonal therapy for exocrine cancer of the pancreas based on new somatostatin analogues. Preliminary results indicate clinical activity and increased survival in some patients. In this study, 19 patients with advanced exocrine pancreatic carcinoma were given the somatostatin analogue BIM 23014 using a range of doses from 250 μg/day to 1 mg/day. One patient had a partial response, 6 patients had stable disease, and 11 had progressive disease. Six patients showed a sharp improvement in pain and performance status. Side effects were mild. Plasma levels of growth hormone were evaluated in ten patients and remained unchanged. The clinical activity observed, even if limited, warrants further investigation using more appropriate schedules and administration techniques.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)648-650
Number of pages3
JournalCancer
Volume69
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1992

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cancer Research
  • Oncology

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