Cocktail of chemotherapy drugs may be safe, effective for patients with metastatic pancreatic cancer

Cocktail of chemotherapy drugs may be safe, effective for patients with metastatic pancreatic cancer

Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jul 8 2020

Pancreatic cancer carries a poor prognosis, and it often goes undetected until advanced stages. A new BJS (British Journal of Surgery) study indicates that a certain cocktail of chemotherapy drugs may be a safe and effective treatment option for patients with a metastatic form of the disease.

The study, which was an early-phase 46-patient trial intended to provide preliminary results regarding safety and efficacy, tested a strategy involving injections of paclitaxel into the abdomen and injections of gemcitabine and nab-paclitaxel (a combination of paclitaxel and a protein called albumin) into the blood.

The treatment had acceptable toxicities, and patients had a median survival time of 14.5 months, with a 1-year survival rate of 60.9%.

Now, a phase 3 study to compare survival outcomes between this therapy and standard chemotherapy has been launched."

Sohei Satoi, MD, Senior Author, Kansai Medical University, in Japan

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