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Shi S.-B.,Shandong Tumor Hospital and 440 Road JI Yan | Wang M.,Shandong Ji Ning First Peoples Hospital | Niu Z.-X.,Shandong Tumor Hospital and 440 Road JI Yan | Tang X.-Y.,Shandong Tumor Hospital and 440 Road JI Yan | Liu Q.-Y.,Shandong Tumor Hospital and 440 Road JI Yan
Pancreatology | Year: 2012

Background: To evaluate the efficacy and tolerability of capecitabine combined with thalidomide in patients with advanced pancreatic cancer (APC) who have previously received gemcitabine-based therapy. Methods: A total of 31 patients were recruited prospectively in Shandong Tumor Hospital from May 2007 to April 2009. Capecitabine was offered to patients twice a day at a dose of 1250 mg/m2 for 14-day then followed by 7-day rest. Thalidomide was administered 100 mg/day without interruption until disease progression or occurrence of unacceptable toxicity. Results: Two patients presented partial response (PR), 11 patients showed stable disease (SD) and eighteen patients presented progressive disease (PD). The median progression-free survival (PFS) was 2.7 months (95% confidence interval (CI), 2.4-3.3) and the median overall survival (OS) was 6.1 months (95% CI, 5.3-6.9). In the subgroup analysis, PFS had a significant difference between the serum CA19-9 level decreasing >25% and decreasing <25%, with 3.0 months (95% CI, 2.5-3.6) and 2.5 months (95% CI, 1.8-3.2), (Log Rank = 0.02), respectively. Hematological toxicity included leukocytopenia, anemia and neutropenia. Non-hematological toxicities included diarrhea, skin rash, nausea/vomiting, hand-foot syndrome, fatigue, dizziness, drowsiness and constipation. Conclusion: Capecitabine combined with thalidomide is a well-tolerated second-line regimen, in patients with APC refractory to gemcitabine. Copyright © 2012, IAP and EPC. Published by Elsevier India, a division of Reed Elsevier India Pvt. Ltd. All rights reserved.

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