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New York, New York 10021


RATIONALE: Radiation therapy uses high-energy x-rays to damage tumor cells. Drugs used in chemotherapy use different ways to stop tumor cells from dividing so they stop growing or die. Combining radiation therapy with chemotherapy may kill more tumor cells. PURPOSE: Phase I trial to study the effectiveness of gemcitabine plus radiation therapy in treating patients with pancreatic cancer that can not be surgically removed.

Study summary:

OBJECTIVES: I. Determine the maximum tolerated dose of gemcitabine in combination with radiation therapy to patients with locally advanced and/or unresectable adenocarcinoma of the pancreas. II. Determine the dose limiting toxic effects of this combination therapy in these patients. III. Evaluate the ability of these patients to tolerate induction and then maintenance therapy with gemcitabine preceding and following combination therapy. IV. Evaluate the efficacy (response rate, pattern of failure, and survival) of this combination therapy in these patients. OUTLINE: This is a dose escalation study of gemcitabine. Part I: Patients receive gemcitabine as a continuous infusion over 30 minutes once weekly for 3 weeks followed by 1 week of rest. Part II: Gemcitabine IV is administered as a 30 minute infusion twice a week (Monday and Thursday) for 5-6 weeks. Patients receive radiation therapy 5 days a week for 5-6 weeks. In the absence of dose-limiting toxicity (DLT) in the first 6 patients treated, subsequent cohorts of 6 patients each receive escalating doses of gemcitabine on the same schedule. If DLT occurs in 2 of 6 patients at a given dose level, then dose escalation ceases and the next lower dose is declared the maximum tolerated dose. Part III: In the absence of toxicity and disease progression, patients continue gemcitabine for 3 additional courses. Maintenance gemcitabine starts 4 weeks after the completion of radiation therapy and is administered once weekly for 3 weeks followed by 1 week of rest. Patients are followed until death. PROJECTED ACCRUAL: This study will accrue 15-30 patients in approximately 24 months.


DISEASE CHARACTERISTICS: Histologically or cytologically proven locally advanced and/or unresectable adenocarcinoma of the pancreas No metastatic disease No completely resected pancreatic cancer PATIENT CHARACTERISTICS: Age: 18 and over Performance status: Karnofsky 60-100% OR ECOG 0-2 Life expectancy: Not specified Hematopoietic: WBC at least 3000/mm3 Platelet count at least 100,000/mm3 Hepatic: Bilirubin less than 2.0 mg/dL Renal: Creatinine no greater than 1.5 mg/dL Cardiovascular: No congestive heart failure No New York Heart Association class III and IV heart disease Other: Not pregnant No concurrent medical problems that would increase the side effects or morbidity of chemoradiation No concurrent medical condition that would make patient ineligible to receive external beam radiation such as: Crohn's disease Inflammatory bowel disease No active infection requiring systemic antibiotics PRIOR CONCURRENT THERAPY: Biologic therapy: Not specified Chemotherapy: No prior gemcitabine No prior chemotherapy for pancreatic cancer Endocrine therapy: Not specified Radiotherapy: No prior radiotherapy to the pancreas Surgery: Not specified



Primary Contact:

Study Chair
David Paul Kelsen, MD
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

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Location Contact:

New York, New York 10021
United States

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Site Status: N/A

Data Source: ClinicalTrials.gov

Date Processed: October 09, 2019

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