Refractory Pancreatic Cancer: Searching for Treatment Options
September 01, 2008
The paper by Almhanna and Kim addresses a clinical dilemma in the treatment of pancreatic cancer, for which no standard currently exists. The review article concisely summarizes studies in the second-line setting that have been conducted to date, many of which have been published only in abstract form. The authors organize the studies into tables according to the number of agents in the trials and highlight the response rates and toxicities. The inclusion of study endpoints (both primary and secondary) would have made the tables more informative. In the article, the studies are organized according to the specific agent studied. Several of the studies continue to use gemcitabine (Gemzar) in combination with other agents in the second-line setting, but we have insufficient data to determine that continuing gemcitabine in this setting is worthwhile.