New York, New York 10021

  • Pancreatic Cancer


RATIONALE: Photodynamic therapy uses light and drugs that make cancer cells more sensitive to light to kill tumor cells. This may be effective treatment for cancer of the bile duct, gallbladder, or pancreas. PURPOSE: Phase II trial to determine the effectiveness of photodynamic therapy in treating patients who have cancer of the bile duct, gallbladder, or pancreas.

Study summary:

OBJECTIVES: I. Determine the safety and efficacy of photodynamic therapy using porfimer sodium in patients with unresectable malignant bile duct obstruction. OUTLINE: Patients are stratified according to tumor location (proximal vs distal). Patients receive porfimer sodium IV over 3-5 minutes on day 1, followed by percutaneous or endoscopic laser light treatment on day 3. Patients achieving partial response or complete response accompanied by an increase in total bilirubin or cholangitis may repeat treatment for a maximum of 3 courses. Patients are followed weekly for 1 month, and then monthly for 1 year. PROJECTED ACCRUAL: Approximately 30 patients will be accrued for this study.


DISEASE CHARACTERISTICS: Histologically proven malignant bile duct obstruction with obstructive jaundice Primary carcinoma of bile duct, gallbladder, or pancreas OR Metastatic bile duct disease Successful insertion of a percutaneous drain or endoscopic stent Unresectable disease OR Resectable disease but refusal of surgery Prior biliary plastic or metallic stent allowed, if requiring stent replacement due to recurrent jaundice or routine plastic stent change No erosion of biliary tumors into major blood vessels No evidence of bile duct perforation PATIENT CHARACTERISTICS: Age: 18 and over Performance status: Karnofsky 50-100% Life expectancy: Not specified Hematopoietic: Not specified Hepatic: Bilirubin at least 2 mg/dL Renal: Not specified Other: No history of allergies or hypersensitivity to porphyrins No porphyria No cholangitis or pancreatitis PRIOR CONCURRENT THERAPY: Biologic therapy: Not specified Chemotherapy: At least 4 weeks since prior chemotherapy Endocrine therapy: Not specified Radiotherapy: No concurrent radiotherapy or brachytherapy to the abdomen Surgery: See Disease Characteristics Other: No other prior or concurrent experimental or investigational drugs



Primary Contact:

Study Chair
Hans Gerdes, MD
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

Backup Contact:


Location Contact:

New York, New York 10021
United States

There is no listed contact information for this specific location.

Site Status: N/A

Data Source:

Date Processed: June 20, 2021

Modifications to this listing: Only selected fields are shown, please use the link below to view all information about this clinical trial.

Click to view Full Listing

This study is not currently recruiting Study Participants on The form below is not enabled.