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Phase III

A Phase III Trial of Perioperative Versus Adjuvant Chemotherapy for Resectable Pancreatic Cancer

  • Study HIC#:2000031542
  • Last Updated:05/31/2024

This phase III trial compares perioperative chemotherapy (given before and after surgery) versus adjuvant chemotherapy (given after surgery) for the treatment of pancreatic cancer that can be removed by surgery (removable/resectable). Chemotherapy drugs, such as fluorouracil, irinotecan, leucovorin, and oxaliplatin, work in different ways to stop the growth of tumor cells, either by killing the cells, by stopping them from dividing, or by stopping them from spreading. Giving chemotherapy before and after surgery (perioperatively) may work better in treating patients with pancreatic cancer compared to giving chemotherapy after surgery (adjuvantly).

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    Christina Wiess

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    Trial Purpose and Description

    Primary Outcome Measure:

    1. Overall survival (OS) [ Time Frame: Time between randomization and death from any cause, assessed up to 6 years. ]Overall survival is defined as the time from randomization to death due to any cause. The median and 95% confidence intervals are estimated using the Kaplan-Meier estimator. The treatment arms will be compared using a stratified Cox regression model, and hazard ratios from each arm will be estimated.

    Eligibility Criteria

    Inclusion Criteria:


    • Pathology: Histologic or cytologic proof of pancreatic adenocarcinoma or adenosquamous carcinoma
    • TNM Stage: Tx-4, N0-1, M0 (M0 disease does not include spread to distant lymph nodes and organs)
    • Resectable Primary Tumor: Local radiographic reading must be consistent with resectable disease defined as the following on 1) arterial and venous phase contrast-enhanced abdominal/pelvic CT scan or abdominal/pelvic magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan and 2) chest CT:
      • No involvement or abutment of the celiac artery, common hepatic artery, superior mesenteric artery, or replaced right hepatic artery (if applicable)
      • Less than 180 degree interface between tumor and vessel wall of the portal vein or superior mesenteric vein, and patent portal vein/splenic vein confluence
      • No evidence of metastatic disease
    • Measurable disease or non-measurable disease o Non-measurable disease is defined as cytologic or histologic confirmation of adenocarcinoma of adenosquamous carcinoma by fine needle aspiration or core-biopsy of the pancreas without measurable disease by radiographic imaging


    • Confirmation of resectable disease by real-time central imaging review by the Alliance Imaging Core Lab at Imaging and Radiation Oncology Core (IROC) Ohio
    • Determined to be appropriate candidate for curative-intent pancreatectomy by surgeon intending to perform the resection
    • No prior radiation therapy, chemotherapy, targeted therapy, investigational therapy, or surgery for pancreatic cancer
    • Not pregnant and not nursing, because this study involves an agent that has known genotoxic, mutagenic, and teratogenic effects.
    • Therefore, for women of childbearing potential only, a negative pregnancy test done =< 14 days prior to registration is required
    • Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG) performance status 0-1
    • Total Neuropathy Score < 2
    • Absolute neutrophil count (ANC) >= 1,500/uL
    • Platelet count >= 100,000/uL
    • Total bilirubin =< 1.5 x upper limit of normal (ULN) (If obstructive jaundice is present, then biliary drainage must be initiated and total bilirubin =< 3.0)
    • Creatinine =< 1.5 x ULN OR calculated (Calc.) creatinine clearance >= 30 mL/min (Calculated using the Cockcroft-Gault equation)
    • No known Gilbert's Syndrome or known homozygosity for UGAT1A1*28 polymorphism
    • No comorbid conditions that would prohibit curative-intent pancreatectomy
    • Chronic concomitant treatment with strong inhibitors of CYP3A4 is not allowed on this study. Patients on strong CYP3A4 inhibitors must discontinue the drug prior to registration
    • Chronic concomitant treatment with strong inducers of CYP3A4 is not allowed on this study. Patients on strong CYP3A4 inducers must discontinue the drug prior to registration