Combination Chemotherapy Plus Radiation Therapy in Treating Patients With Advanced Pancreatic Cancer

This study has been completed.
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National Cancer Institute (NCI) Identifier:
First received: November 9, 2001
Last updated: August 4, 2009
Last verified: July 2009

RATIONALE: 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 II trial to study the effectiveness of combination chemotherapy plus radiation therapy in treating patients who have locally advanced pancreatic cancer.

Condition Intervention Phase
Pancreatic Cancer
Drug: cisplatin
Drug: gemcitabine hydrochloride
Radiation: radiation therapy
Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Phase II Study of Gemcitabine, Cisplatin and Radiation Therapy in Patients With Locally Advanced Pancreatic Cancer

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Further study details as provided by National Cancer Institute (NCI):

Study Start Date: September 2001
Primary Completion Date: July 2009 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Detailed Description:


  • Determine the efficacy of gemcitabine, cisplatin, and radiotherapy, in terms of 1-year survival, in patients with locally advanced pancreatic cancer.
  • Determine the toxicity of this regimen in these patients.
  • Determine the quality of life of patients treated with this regimen.

OUTLINE: This is a multicenter study.

Patients undergo radiotherapy once daily five days a week for 5.5 weeks. Patients receive gemcitabine IV over 30 minutes followed by cisplatin IV over 1 hour twice a week for the first 3 weeks of radiotherapy. Beginning 4 weeks after the completion of radiotherapy, patients receive gemcitabine IV over 30 minutes on days 1, 8, and 15. Treatment repeats every 28 days for a total of 3 courses in the absence of disease progression or unacceptable toxicity.

Quality of life is assessed at baseline, at completion of radiotherapy, at completion of chemotherapy, and 3 months after completion of therapy.

Patients are followed every 3 months for 2 years and then every 6 months for 1 year.

PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A total of 20-47 patients will be accrued for this study within 12-28 months.


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No


  • Histologically confirmed unresectable adenocarcinoma of the pancreas
  • No cystadenocarcinoma of the pancreas or pancreatic tumors of neuroendocrine origin
  • Prior subtotal resection or gross residual disease

    • No microscopic residual disease only
  • No metastatic disease outside of planned study radiotherapy field



  • 18 and over

Performance status:

  • ECOG 0-1

Life expectancy:

  • Not specified


  • Absolute neutrophil count at least 1,500/mm^3
  • Platelet count at least 100,000/mm^3


  • Bilirubin no greater than 2 times upper limit of normal (ULN)
  • AST no greater than 3 times ULN


  • Creatinine no greater than 1.5 times ULN


  • Not pregnant or nursing
  • Negative pregnancy test
  • Fertile patients must use effective contraception
  • Able to maintain adequate oral nutrition
  • No significant infection
  • No other medical condition that would preclude study
  • No other malignancy within the past 5 years except non-melanoma skin cancer
  • No significant nausea or vomiting


Biologic therapy:

  • No prior or concurrent biologic therapy


  • No prior chemotherapy
  • No other concurrent chemotherapy

Endocrine therapy:

  • Not specified


  • See Disease Characteristics
  • No prior radiotherapy that would overlap planned study radiotherapy fields


  • See Disease Characteristics
  • At least 21 days since prior laparotomy
  Contacts and Locations
Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00026403

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Sponsors and Collaborators
North Central Cancer Treatment Group
Study Chair: Michael G. Haddock, MD Mayo Clinic
  More Information

Additional Information:
Haddock MG, Swaminathan R, Alberts SR, et al.: Gemcitabine (Gem), cisplatin (Cis) and radiation therapy (RT) for patients with locally advanced pancreatic adenocarcinoma (ACA): a North Central Cancer Treatment Group (NCCTG) phase II study. [Abstract] J Clin Oncol 22 (Suppl 14): A-4121, 343s, 2004. Identifier: NCT00026403     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: CDR0000069026, NCCTG-N9942
Study First Received: November 9, 2001
Last Updated: August 4, 2009
Health Authority: United States: Federal Government

Keywords provided by National Cancer Institute (NCI):
stage III pancreatic cancer
adenocarcinoma of the pancreas
stage IV pancreatic cancer

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Pancreatic Neoplasms
Digestive System Neoplasms
Neoplasms by Site
Endocrine Gland Neoplasms
Digestive System Diseases
Pancreatic Diseases
Endocrine System Diseases
Antineoplastic Agents
Therapeutic Uses
Pharmacologic Actions
Radiation-Sensitizing Agents
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Antimetabolites, Antineoplastic
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Antiviral Agents
Anti-Infective Agents
Enzyme Inhibitors
Immunosuppressive Agents
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