Dr. Marshall has written a clearand concise review of the rationalefor and preliminarydata from studies using therapeuticvaccines in patients with establishedgastrointestinal (GI) malignancies.He has summarized the recent advancesleading to a better understandingof basic immunology. These have hadan important influence on the possibilitythat an effective therapeutic vaccineor vaccines can be developed.
This article will review the pertinent data on the use of chemotherapy for all stages of pancreatic cancer. For patients with metastatic disease, fluorouracil (5-FU) was the standard of care for several decades until a single
Irinotecan (Camptosar), an active agent in the treatment of fluorouracil-refractory colorectal cancer, has antitumor activity in upper gastrointestinal cancers. Clinical trials from Japan indicate antitumor responses in gastric and
The standard approaches of surgery or radiotherapy cure only a minority of patients with esophageal cancer. Because of these poor results and the frequent systemic pattern of recurrences, combined-modality therapy