[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Acinar cell carcinoma (ACC) of the pancreas is a rare exocrine tumour for which there is very limited information about chemotherapy regimens and prognosis. Even though there are clinical guidelines for management of ductal cell carcinoma, a definitive and specific regime has not yet been agreed for this type of pancreatic cancer. We report a case of metastatic ACC of pancreas who has been treated with a multimodal approach, including novel combinations of different targeted drugs with conventional chemotherapy, surgery and radiofrequency ablation since the last 11 years. This degree of long term survival has not been reported so far in such a case of metastatic ACC of the pancreas. This case highlights the importance of a personalised multidisciplinary therapeutic strategy, employing locoregional therapies along with combinations of established and novel systemic therapies to control the disease, and the importance of flexibility when instigating new treatment paradigms for progressive cancer. Also, this case demonstrates that complete tumour eradication may not be the sole purpose of surgical oncology.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The human epidermal growth factor receptor (HER1/EGFR/ErbB1) signaling is aberrant and overexpressed in many solid malignancies making it an appealing target for biologic agents. Among the classes of drugs targeting EGFR are monoclonal antibodies and EGFR tyrosine kinase inhibitors, which have been shown effective and generally well tolerated in different clinical settings. The majority of patients treated with EGFR inhibitors (EGFRIs) develop specific dose-dependent skin toxicity. This side effect may lead to physical and psychosocial discomfort which can result in dose reduction or treatment interruption. The relationship between rash and clinical outcome has stimulated interest in this particular toxicity as a possible surrogate marker of efficacy in patients treated with targeted agents against EGFR. This review aims to summarize and update the current knowledge of the clinical presentation, predictive and prognostic value, and the management of EGFRI-related skin toxicity.
No preview · Article · Feb 2008 · Clinical Colorectal Cancer