Objectives: FOLFIRINOX (5-fluorouracil [5-FU], oxaliplatin, and irinotecan) as compared with gemcitabine in pancreatic cancer (PC) has superior activity and increased toxicity. The bolus 5-FU contributes to the toxicity. We hypothesized that the elimination of bolus 5-FU and use of hematopoietic growth factor will improve the safety profile without compromising the activity of FOLFIRINOX.
Methods: Sixty patients with PC treated with modified FOLFIRINOX (no bolus 5-FU) were reviewed. Patients were divided into metastatic or nonmetastatic (locally advanced or borderline resectable) disease. Toxicity, response rate, progression-free survival, and overall survival were evaluated.
Results: Nonmetastatic and metastatic disease were present in 24 (40%) and 36 (60%) patients, respectively. The incidence of grade 4 neutropenia, grade 3/4 diarrhea, and fatigue were 3%, 13%, and 13%, respectively. Response rate was 30%. The median progression-free survival for nonmetastatic disease was 13.7 months (95% confidence interval [CI], 9.6-24.6 months), and that for metastatic disease was 8.5 months (95% CI, 3.7-11.0 months), respectively. The median overall survival for nonmetastatic disease was 17.8 months (95% CI, 9.9 months to not estimable), and that for metastatic disease was and 9.0 months (95% CI, 7.1 months to not estimable), respectively.
Conclusions: Modified FOLFIRINOX has an improved safety profile with maintained efficacy in metastatic PC. Modified FOLFIRINOX has promising activity in nonmetastatic disease.