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David B Zhen, Rachel L McDevitt, Mark M Zalupski, Vaibhav Sahai
Irinotecan (Camptosar© , CPT-11), a topoisomerase I inhibitor, is a commonly used cytotoxic chemotherapeutic in the treatment of multiple malignancies, particularly of gastrointestinal origin. Dysarthria secondary to irinotecan has been described as a rare side effect in a few case reports with limited data to recommend appropriate management. We describe herein a large single institution experience of patients with gastrointestinal malignancies who experienced dysarthria while being treated with irinotecan-based chemotherapy regimens (FOLFIRINOX or FOLFIRI+/-bevacizumab)...
January 1, 2018: Journal of Oncology Pharmacy Practice
Mans Broekgaarden, Imran Rizvi, Anne-Laure Bulin, Ljubica Petrovic, Ruth Goldschmidt, Iqbal Massodi, Jonathan P Celli, Tayyaba Hasan
Effective treatment of advanced metastatic disease remains the primary challenge in the management of inoperable pancreatic cancer. Current therapies such as oxaliplatin (OxPt)-based chemotherapy regimens (FOLFIRINOX) provide modest short-term survival improvements, yet with significant toxicity. Photodynamic therapy (PDT), a light-activated cancer therapy, demonstrated clinical promise for pancreatic cancer treatment and enhances conventional chemotherapies with non-overlapping toxicities. This study investigates the capacity of neoadjuvant PDT using a clinically-approved photosensitizer, benzoporphyrin derivative (BPD, verteporfin), to enhance OxPt efficacy in metastatic pancreatic cancer...
February 27, 2018: Oncotarget
Venessa Chin, Adnan Nagrial, Katrin Sjoquist, Chelsie A O'Connor, Lorraine Chantrill, Andrew V Biankin, Rob Jpm Scholten, Desmond Yip
BACKGROUND: Pancreatic cancer (PC) is a highly lethal disease with few effective treatment options. Over the past few decades, many anti-cancer therapies have been tested in the locally advanced and metastatic setting, with mixed results. This review attempts to synthesise all the randomised data available to help better inform patient and clinician decision-making when dealing with this difficult disease. OBJECTIVES: To assess the effect of chemotherapy, radiotherapy or both for first-line treatment of advanced pancreatic cancer...
March 20, 2018: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Hidehiro Tajima, Mitsuyoshi Okazaki, Takahisa Yamaguchi, Yoshinao Ohbatake, Koichi Okamoto, Shinichi Nakanuma, Shiro Terai, Seisho Sakai, Jun Kinoshita, Isamu Makino, Keishi Nakamura, Hironori Hayashi, Katsunobu Oyama, Masafumi Inokuchi, Tomoharu Miyashita, Hiroyuki Takamura, Itasu Ninomiya, Sachio Fushida, Tetsuo Ohta
The prognosis of patients with unresectable or recurrent pancreatic cancers is very poor. Prior to development of nab-paclitaxel (PTX) plus gemcitabine (GEM) therapy and FOLFIRINOX therapy, there was no recommended third-line chemotherapy after 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) and GEM-based regimens. The present study conducted a Phase I clinical trial of weekly low-dose PTX as a third-line palliative chemotherapy for patients with pancreatic cancer. PTX was administered on days 1, 8, 15, and 22 of each cycle, repeated twice as follows: Level 1, 40 mg/m2 (n=6); Level 2, 50 mg/m2 (n=4)...
April 2018: Molecular and Clinical Oncology
M Haas, J T Siveke, M Schenk, M M Lerch, K Caca, J Freiberg-Richter, L Fischer von Weikersthal, F Kullmann, A Reinacher-Schick, M Fuchs, S Kanzler, V Kunzmann, T J Ettrich, S Kruger, C B Westphalen, S Held, V Heinemann, S Boeck
INTRODUCTION: In metastatic pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (mPDAC) treatment, erlotinib is known to be more effective in patients developing skin rash. Treatment with the FOLFIRINOX regimen is only performed in fit patients following defined inclusion criteria. The present study investigates the efficacy of gemcitabine plus erlotinib (gem/erlotinib) in rash-positive patients fit for FOLFIRINOX. PATIENTS AND METHODS: For this prospective phase II study, 150 patients were recruited in 20 centres...
March 14, 2018: European Journal of Cancer
Jean Davidson, Zhewei Shen, Xue Gong, Jonathan R Pollack
While gemcitabine has been the mainstay therapy for advanced pancreatic cancer, newer combination regimens (e.g. FOLFIRINOX) have extended patient survival, though carry greater toxicity. Biomarkers are needed to better stratify patients for appropriate therapy. Previously, we reported that one-third of pancreatic cancers harbor deletions or deleterious mutations in key subunits of the SWItch/Sucrose NonFermentable (SWI/SNF) chromatin remodeling complex. The SWI/SNF complex mobilizes nucleosomes on DNA, and plays a key role in modulating DNA transcription and repair...
February 9, 2018: Oncotarget
M Uccello, M Moschetta, G Mak, T Alam, C Murias Henriquez, H-T Arkenau
Chemotherapy remains the mainstay of treatment for advanced pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (pda). Two randomized trials have demonstrated superiority of the combination regimens folfirinox (5-fluorouracil, leucovorin, oxaliplatin, and irinotecan) and gemcitabine plus nab-paclitaxel over gemcitabine monotherapy as a first-line treatment in adequately fit subjects. Selected pda patients progressing to first-line therapy can receive secondline treatment with moderate clinical benefit. Nevertheless, the optimal algorithm and the role of combination therapy in second-line are still unclear...
February 2018: Current Oncology
Koji Kase, Ryo Okada, Makoto Muto, Junichiro Watanabe, Naoya Sato, Yasuhide Kofunato, Teruhide Ishigame, Takashi Kimura, Akira Kenjo, Tatsuo Shimura, Shigeru Marubashi
We hereby report a case of long-term survival of the pancreatic tail cancer with a synchronous small liver metastasis. A 62- year-old male with pancreatic tail cancer was incidentally diagnosed with single tiny metastasis in the left medial section of the liver duringthe distal pancreatectomy. The lesion was also resected together with primary lesion. Since then, systemic chemotherapies such as gemcitabine(GEM)plus S-1 combination therapy, GEM alone therapy and S-1 alone therapy had been given to escape from recurrence...
February 2018: Gan to Kagaku Ryoho. Cancer & Chemotherapy
Masahiko Kubo, Daisaku Yamada, Hidetoshi Eguchi, Yoshifumi Iwagami, Takehiro Noda, Tadafumi Asaoka, Hiroshi Wada, Kouichi Kawamoto, Kunihito Gotoh, Shogo Kobayashi, Masaki Mori, Yuichiro Doki
A 60-year-old man underwent palliative surgery with a diagnosis of unresectable cancer, and he visited our hospital for further treatment. Since the cancer was unresectable and multiple hepatic tumors were revealed in CT images that were not metastases, we decided to perform curative surgery for the pancreatic cancer accompanied by partial liver invasion. Pancreaticoduodenectomy plus partial hepatectomy were performed, and 2 tumors were detected in the resected specimen: one in the pancreas-duodenum region and a submucosal tumor in the duodenum bulb...
February 2018: Gan to Kagaku Ryoho. Cancer & Chemotherapy
Angel Mier-Hicks, Michael Raj, Richard Kinh Do, Kenneth H Yu, Maeve A Lowery, Anna Varghese, Eileen M O'Reilly
BACKGROUND: Visceral or splanchnic thrombosis is defined as thrombi within the hepatoportal venous system, including portal (PV), mesenteric (MV), and splenic vein (SV), as well as thrombi in renal or gonadal veins. There are limited data to evaluate the prognostic significance, incidence, and clinical management of visceral thromboses in patients with pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC). PATIENTS AND METHODS: We conducted an analysis of 95 patients treated at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center with PDAC who had a visceral thrombosis...
January 31, 2018: Clinical Colorectal Cancer
Eran van Veldhuisen, Jantien A Vogel, Sjors Klompmaker, Olivier R Busch, Hanneke W M van Laarhoven, Krijn P van Lienden, Johanna W Wilmink, Hendrik A Marsman, Marc G Besselink
BACKGROUND: Determining the resectability of locally advanced pancreatic cancer (LAPC) after induction chemotherapy is complex since CT-imaging cannot accurately portray tumor response. We hypothesized that CA19-9 response adds to RECIST-staging in predicting resectability of LAPC. METHODS: Post-hoc analysis within a prospective study on LAPC (>90° arterial or >270° venous involvement). CA19-9 response was determined after induction chemotherapy. Surgical exploration was performed in RECIST-stable or -regressive disease...
February 20, 2018: HPB: the Official Journal of the International Hepato Pancreato Biliary Association
Takuya Sakamoto, Yutaka Takeda, Yoshiaki Ohmura, Yoshiteru Katsura, Ryota Mori, Yohei Nose, Kenji Kawai, Kohei Murakami, Atsushi Naito, Junichi Inatome, Yoshinori Kagawa, Toru Masuzawa, Atsushi Takeno, Chiyomi Egawa, Kohei Murata
FOLFIRINOX is now considered to be a highly effective regimen for patients with metastatic pancreatic cancer. We administered FOLFIRINOX therapy in 18 patients between October 2014 and April 2017 as follows: 2-hour infusion of L-OHP at a dose of 85mg/m2, 2-hour infusion of LV at a dose of 200 mg/m2, infusion of CPT-11 for over 90 minutes at a dose of 150 mg/m2, followed by continuous infusion of 5-FU over 46 hours at a dose of 2,400mg/m2. The median age of the patients was 66.5 years. There were 15 patients with performance status(PS)0, and 3 with PS 1...
November 2017: Gan to Kagaku Ryoho. Cancer & Chemotherapy
Toshiya Ochiai, Hiroyuki Inoue, Hiroki Nakatsuji, Nobuyuki Watanabe, Atsushi Yoshiyama, Hiroshi Ito, Atsushi Toma, Kenji Nakamura
A 38-year-old male presented to our hospital with complaint of vomiting. A CT demonstrated a mass sized 42mm in the pancreatic head invading to the duodenum and a liver mass sized 15mm in the medial segment. Biopsy revealed adenocarcinoma. Due to liver metastasis, he was deemed surgically unresectable. He was started on FOLFIRINOX therapy after gastrojejunum bypass operation. After 15 courses of the therapy, restaging showed a decrease in pancreatic tumor size and a disappearance of a liver mass along with PET-CT revealing no FDG-avid uptake...
November 2017: Gan to Kagaku Ryoho. Cancer & Chemotherapy
Kensaku Yoshida, Takuji Iwashita, Shinya Uemura, Akinori Maruta, Mitsuru Okuno, Nobuhiro Ando, Keisuke Iwata, Junji Kawaguchi, Tsuyoshi Mukai, Masahito Shimizu
Background: FOLFIRINOX (FX) has been reported as an effective treatment for unresectable advanced pancreatic cancer. However, FX is associated with a high incidence of adverse events (AEs). A previous phase II study in Japan showed high incidences of hematological AEs, including febrile neutropenia (22.2%). A modified FX regimen (mFX) may decrease the rates of AEs and be more effective than FX by improving the treatment compliance. Aims: To assess the safety and efficacy of first-line mFX for unresectable advanced pancreatic cancer...
December 19, 2017: Oncotarget
Ernesto Tartaglia, Massimiliano Fabozzi, Antonia Rizzuto, Anna Settembre, Roberta Abete, Ludovica Guerriero, Pasqualino Favoriti, Diego Cuccurullo, Francesco Corcione
INTRODUCTION: Pancreatic cancer is one of the most lethal cancers worldwide, with 5-years survival rate as low as 6%. The majority of pancreatic cancer patients present locally advanced or metastatic disease at diagnosis. Typically, patients affected by locally advanced pancreatic cancer (LAPC) do not undergo radical surgery but are treated with focal ablative therapies. However, a high rate of morbidity due to the heat sink effect has limited the application of ablative techniques on a routine basis in LAPC patients...
December 28, 2017: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
Jin He, Alex B Blair, Vincent P Groot, Ammar A Javed, Richard A Burkhart, Georgios Gemenetzis, Ralph H Hruban, Kevin M Waters, Justin Poling, Lei Zheng, Daniel Laheru, Joseph M Herman, Martin A Makary, Matthew J Weiss, John L Cameron, Christopher L Wolfgang
OBJECTIVES: To describe the survival outcome of patients with borderline resectable or locally advanced pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (BR/LA-PDAC) who have a pathologic complete response (pCR) following neoadjuvant chemoradiation. BACKGROUND: Patients with BR/LA-PDAC are often treated with neoadjuvant chemoradiation in an attempt to downstage the tumor. Uncommonly, a pCR may result. METHODS: A retrospective review of a prospectively maintained database was performed at a single institution...
January 12, 2018: Annals of Surgery
Thilo Hackert, Christoph W Michalski, Markus W Büchler
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February 2018: Annals of Surgery
John P Neoptolemos, Christopher M Halloran, Paula Ghaneh, Jorg Kleeff
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February 2018: Annals of Surgery
Stephane Thibodeau, Ioannis A Voutsadakis
The introduction of the FOLFIRINOX regimen within the last decade marked the first progress in the clinical field of metastatic pancreatic cancer which had not seen any improvements in treatment availability for several years. In a phase III randomized clinical trial, FOLFIRINOX showed superior efficacy compared to the previous standard treatment of gemcitabine monotherapy. Nevertheless, it is unknown whether the superior results observed in this single phase III clinical trial can be translated more broadly to clinical practice...
January 4, 2018: Journal of Clinical Medicine
Jacopo Giuliani, Andrea Bonetti
Riassunto. L'analisi è stata condotta al fine di valutare l'effetto sia sulla sopravvivenza globale (OS) sia sulla sopravvivenza libera da progressione di malattia (PFS) della chemioterapia di combinazione in prima linea per il carcinoma pancreatico in fase avanzata di malattia. La presente analisi è limitata agli studi randomizzati controllati (RCT) di fase III. Successivamente è stata applicata la European Society for Medical Oncology Magnitude of Clinical Benefit Scale (ESMO-MCBS) agli RCT di fase III analizzati per ricavare uno score relativo all'entità del beneficio clinico ottenuto per ciascun RCT...
December 2017: Recenti Progressi in Medicina
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