Therapy of locally advanced pancreatic adenocarcinoma: Unresectable and borderline patients

Sheetal Mehta Kircher, Seth B. Krantz, Halla S Nimeiri, Mary Frances Mulcahy, Hidayatullah G Munshi, Al B Benson III*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Systemic chemotherapy for advanced pancreatic cancer is commonly used in practice; however, the optimal strategy for both neoadjuvant and adjuvant therapy in this disease remains controversial. A particular challenge remains in patients who are considered to be locally advanced and either unresectable or borderline resectable. Offering optimal neoadjuvant therapy to this group of patients may give them the opportunity to have a curative surgical approach. This article will discuss the potential role of neoadjuvant therapy in borderline, potentially resectable pancreatic cancer. It will also discuss areas of interest in potential targets as the biology of pancreatic adenocarcinoma is further explored.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1555-1565
Number of pages11
JournalExpert review of anticancer therapy
Volume11
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2011

Keywords

  • borderline resectable
  • epithelial-mesenchymal transition
  • gemcitabine
  • neoadjuvant chemotherapy
  • pancreatic cancer

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Pharmacology (medical)

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