Clinically Meaningful Responses to Sequential Gemcitabine-Based Chemotherapy Regimens in a Patient With Metastatic Pancreatic Cancer

Case Rep Oncol. 2013 Jan;6(1):72-7. doi: 10.1159/000346836. Epub 2013 Jan 29.


Pancreatic cancer exhibits profound chemoresistance resulting either from pre-existing (intrinsic) mechanisms, or from anticancer drug treatment itself (acquired chemoresistance). We present the case of a patient with pancreatic adenocarcinoma metastatic to the liver who experienced clinical, radiographic and tumor marker response to three lines of gemcitabine-based chemotherapy. The regimens included: 8 cycles of gemcitabine and oxaliplatin (GEMOX), 8 cycles of gemcitabine, docetaxel and capecitabine (GTX) and more than 3 cycles of gemcitabine and nab-paclitaxel, with an exceptional response 2 years from the initiation of chemotherapy for metastatic pancreatic cancer.

Keywords: Best responders to gemcitabine, pancreatic cancer; Naturopathic regimens, pancreatic cancer; Pancreatic cancer, response to chemotherapy; Pharmacogenomics of gemcitabine, pancreatic adenocarcinoma; Second- and third-line gemcitabine-based chemotherapy, pancreatic carcinoma.

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