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Gemcitabine and Radiation Therapy in Treating Patients With Cancer of the Pancreas

2014-08-27 03:57:09 | BioPortfolio

Summary

RATIONALE: Radiation therapy uses high-energy x-rays to damage tumor cells. Gemcitabine may make tumor cells more sensitive to radiation therapy. Combining chemotherapy with radiation therapy after surgery may kill more tumor cells.

PURPOSE: Phase II trial to study the effectiveness of combining gemcitabine with radiation therapy in treating patients who have undergone surgery to remove cancer of the pancreas.

Description

OBJECTIVES:

- Determine the time to disease progression, local control, and survival of patients with previously resected pancreatic cancer treated with adjuvant gemcitabine and radiotherapy.

OUTLINE: This is a multicenter study.

Patients receive gemcitabine IV over 30-60 minutes on days 1, 4, 8, 11, 15, 18, 22, 25, 29, and 32 and undergo radiotherapy on days 1-5, 8-12, 15-19, 22-26, 29-33, and 36-38 in the absence of disease progression or unacceptable toxicity.

Beginning at least 4 weeks after chemoradiotherapy, patients without disease progression and with less than 10% weight loss during study receive additional gemcitabine IV over 30 minutes on days 1, 8, and 15. Treatment repeats every 28 days for a total of 2 courses.

Patients are followed every 8 weeks for 6 months and then every 3 months for up to 2 years.

PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A total of 72 patients will be accrued for this study within 2.2 or 3.4 years.

Study Design

Primary Purpose: Treatment

Conditions

Pancreatic Cancer

Intervention

gemcitabine hydrochloride, adjuvant therapy, radiation therapy

Location

Comprehensive Cancer Center at Wake Forest University
Winston-Salem
North Carolina
United States
27157-1082

Status

Completed

Source

Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center

Results (where available)

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Published on BioPortfolio: 2014-08-27T03:57:09-0400

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