Treatment for pancreatic cancer: current therapy and continued progress

Gastroenterology. 2005 May;128(6):1642-54. doi: 10.1053/j.gastro.2005.03.039.


In the last decade, continued efforts in pancreas cancer research have led to the development of new, more effective therapies. Additionally, progress in understanding the molecular processes underlying the development and progression of this disease provides hope for the development of more effective treatment strategies. Recent clinical trials have provided reason for hope that novel chemotherapy combinations and molecularly targeted agents will lead to improved clinical outcomes for patients with this disease. This article will summarize the data that has led to the current standards of therapy for patients with resectable and advanced pancreatic cancer and review new treatment strategies for this disease.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Antineoplastic Combined Chemotherapy Protocols / therapeutic use*
  • Humans
  • Pancreatic Neoplasms / drug therapy*
  • Pancreatic Neoplasms / surgery*