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Multicenter randomized phase III trial comparing protracted venous infusion (PVI) fluorouracil (5-FU) with PVI 5-FU plus mitomycin in inoperable pancreatic cancer

By Nick Maisey, Ian Chau, David Cunningham, Andrew Norman, Matt Seymour, Tamas Hickish, Tim Iveson, Mary O'Brien, Niall Tebbutt, Angela Harrington and Mark Hill


Purpose: To compare protracted venous infusion (PVI) fluorouracil (5-FU) with PVI 5-FU plus mitomycin (MMC) in patients with advanced pancreatic cancer in a multicenter, prospectively randomized study.<br/>Patients and Methods: Two hundred eight patients were randomized to PVI 5-FU (300 mg/m2/d for a maximum of 24 weeks) or PVI 5-FU plus MMC (7 mg/m2 every 6 weeks for four courses). The major end points were tumor response, survival, toxicity, and quality of life (QOL).<br/>Results: The two treatment groups were balanced for baseline demographic factors, and 62% had metastatic disease. The overall response rate was 8.4% (95% confidence interval [CI]) 3.2% to 13.7% for patients treated with PVI 5-FU alone compared with 17.6%; 95% CI 10.3% to 25.1% for PVI 5-FU plus MMC (P = .04). Median failure-free survival was 2.8 months for PVI 5-FU and 3.8 months for PVI 5-FU plus MMC (P = .14). Median survival was 5.1 months for PVI 5-FU and 6.5 months for PVI 5-FU plus MMC (P = .34). Toxicities in both arms were mild. There was an increased incidence of neutropenia in the 5-FU plus MMC arm (P &lt; .01), although no differences in infection were seen. No patients developed hemolytic uremic syndrome. Global QOL improved significantly after 24 weeks of treatment compared with baseline for patients receiving 5-FU plus MMC, although there was no statistically significant difference in QOL between arms.<br/>Conclusion: PVI 5-FU plus MMC resulted in a superior response rate in comparison with PVI 5-FU alone in advanced pancreatic cancer, but this did not translate into a survival advantage. These results emphasize the importance of chemotherapy in this setting and the continuing value of the fluoropyrimidines in pancreatic cancer

Topics: RS, RC0254
Year: 2002
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.soton.ac.uk:26454
Provided by: e-Prints Soton
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