Gauri R. Varadhachary, MD | Authors

The War on Pancreatic Cancer: We Are Not There Yet

January 15, 2014

After 2 decades of disappointing phase III trials and years of single-agent gemcitabine therapy, the pancreatic cancer community is relieved to expand the front-line armamentarium in patients with mPAC. Here we evaluate the current landscape and ask some provocative questions about response rate, dosing, and predictive markers.

The War on Pancreatic Cancer: Are We Gaining Ground?

December 15, 2010

In this issue of ONCOLOGY, the case and discussion provided by Dasari and colleagues highlight a significant problem for many patients with potentially resectable pancreatic cancer (PC)-the rapid emergence of preexisting metastatic disease. The authors describe the case of a 57-year-old woman with a resectable tumor after staging evaluation and management which included an endoscopic ultrasound (EUS), CT imaging, and endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) with insertion of an endobiliary stent. Although the results from EUS are not detailed in the report, there were apparently no preoperative features to suggest more advanced disease, and she underwent surgery. Four weeks later, she presented with advanced disease manifested by an elevated CA 19-9, bilobar liver metastases, and possible local recurrence. This case illustrates some important considerations in the management of PC as we discuss here.

Novel Approaches to ‘Borderline Resectable’ Pancreatic Tumors

November 30, 2008

The authors describe the case of a 40-year-old man with an adenocarcinoma of the pancreatic head with involvement of the superior mesenteric vein–portal vein (SMV-PV) confluence resulting in limited occlusion.