Paclitaxel and concurrent radiation for locally advanced pancreatic cancer

Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2001 Apr 1;49(5):1275-9. doi: 10.1016/s0360-3016(00)01527-3.


Purpose: To determine the activity and toxicity of paclitaxel and concurrent radiation for pancreatic cancer.

Methods and materials: Forty-four patients with locally unresectable pancreatic cancer were studied. Patients received paclitaxel, 50 mg/m(2) by 3 h i.v. (IV) infusion, weekly, on Days 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29. Radiation was administered concurrently to a total dose of 50.4 Gy, in 1.80 Gy fractions, for 28 treatments.

Results: Nausea and vomiting were the most common toxicities, Grade 3 in five patients (12%). Two patients (5%) had Grade 4 hypersensitivity reactions to their first dose of paclitaxel. Of 42 evaluable patients, the overall response rate was 26%. The median survival was 8 months, and the 1-year survival was 30%.

Conclusion: Concurrent paclitaxel and radiation demonstrate local-regional activity in pancreatic cancer. Future investigations combining paclitaxel with other local-regional and systemic treatments are warranted.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Clinical Trial, Phase II
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Antineoplastic Agents, Phytogenic / therapeutic use*
  • Confidence Intervals
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Paclitaxel / therapeutic use*
  • Pancreatic Neoplasms / drug therapy*
  • Pancreatic Neoplasms / mortality
  • Pancreatic Neoplasms / radiotherapy*
  • Radiation-Sensitizing Agents / therapeutic use*
  • Survival Analysis


  • Antineoplastic Agents, Phytogenic
  • Radiation-Sensitizing Agents
  • Paclitaxel