A prognostic model to identify patients with advanced pancreas adenocarcinoma who could benefit from second-line chemotherapy.
ABSTRACT The role of salvage chemotherapy after first-line therapy in advanced pancreatic cancer has not yet been established. We intended to identify prognostic factors for long-term survival of advanced pancreatic adenocarcinoma patients with second-line chemotherapy and to devise a prognostic model of clinical parameters.
We analysed 90 patients who had received second-line chemotherapy after the failure of first-line therapy in recurrent or metastatic pancreatic adenocarcinoma between August 2003 and December 2008.
The median age at the time of second-line chemotherapy was 61.9 years (range 39.8-74.9) and the median Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG) performance status was 1 (0-2). Median progression-free survival and overall survival for second-line chemotherapy were 2.1 and 4.5 months, respectively, with an overall response rate of 10%. In multivariate analysis, an ECOG performance status of 2 or more, non-responder for first-line chemotherapy and albumin level of <3.5mg/dl were independent prognostic factors for decreased overall survival for all 90 patients. Overall survival was estimated based on the number of adverse prognostic factors: zero or one (good prognostic group), two (intermediate group) or three (poor prognostic group). The median overall survival for good (n=50), intermediate (n=24) and poor (n=16) prognostic groups was 5.5, 3.3 and 2.1 months, respectively (P<0.001).
Our result suggests that second-line chemotherapy may be beneficial for overall survival in patients with ECOG performance status 0-1, albumin level ≥3.5mg/dl and response to first-line chemotherapy.
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ABSTRACT: The aim of this study was to evaluate the outcome of patients with advanced pancreatic cancer in clinical practice, and assess whether chemotherapy provided a clinical benefit for patients who did not meet the eligibility criteria of the clinical trial. We retrospectively analyzed the medical records of 75 patients who received first-line chemotherapy for pancreatic cancer between April 2006 and September 2011. Patients were treated with gemcitabine (GEM) alone, S-1 (tegafur, gimeracil, and oteracil potassium) alone, or GEM plus S-1. Patients were divided into the clinical trial eligible group (arm eligible) or the ineligible group (arm ineligible). We evaluated the efficacy and the safety of the chemotherapy. A total of 23 patients out of 75 (31%) belonged to the ineligible group, for the following reasons: 20 patients had poor performance status, eight had massive ascites, one had synchronous malignancy, and one had icterus. The median progression-free survival (PFS) was 3.5 months, and the median overall survival (OS) was 6.7 months in all patients. In arm eligible, median PFS was 4.5 months, and median OS was 10.5 months. In arm ineligible, median PFS was 1.1 months, and median OS was 2.9 months. The outcome of the patients who did not meet the eligibility criteria was very poor. It is important to select the patients that could benefit from either chemotherapy or optimal supportive care.OncoTargets and Therapy 01/2013; 6:491-496. · 2.07 Impact Factor