Medline: 3894585

Journal of Clinical Oncology 3(7): 1032-1039, 1985.

Current status of chemotherapy for advanced pancreatic and gastric cancer.

O'Connell MJ


There is currently no effective systemic therapy for advanced pancreatic cancer. No definitive controlled data exist that demonstrate a survival benefit for any particular regimen yet developed. A statistically significant short-term survival benefit has been seen in three consecutive GITSG trials using the FAMe regimen in patients with advanced gastric cancer. Occasional long-term responders have been seen with a variety of regimens, but there is no evidence of improved long-term (more than two years) disease-free survival with any regimen reported to date. Continuing research with emphasis on new drug development, innovative alterations in chemotherapy combinations and administration schedules, or entirely new treatment strategies, are clearly required to allow the clinical investigator and the clinical practitioner to achieve their common goal--improved long-term survival for patients with advanced pancreatic and gastric cancer. (50 Refs)

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