Neoadjuvant Nab-paclitaxel and Gemcitabine in Borderline Resectable or Locally Advanced Unresectable Pancreatic Adenocarcinoma in Patients Who Are Ineligible for FOLFIRINOX

Anticancer Res. 2018 Jul;38(7):4035-4039. doi: 10.21873/anticanres.12692.


Background/aim: Combination nab-paclitaxel/gemcitabine (AG) is superior to gemcitabine in patients with metastatic pancreatic cancer (PC). There are limited data for AG in borderline resectable (BR) or locally advanced pancreatic cancer (LAPC). Herein, we report our experience with neoadjuvant AG for BR/LAPC in patients ineligible for FOLFIRINOX.

Patients and methods: This retrospective series, included patients with BR/LAPC who received AG as neoadjuvant therapy for 3-4 months followed by radiation, then re-evaluation for surgery.

Results: Between 10/2013-2/2018, 32 patients (22 BR, 10 LAPC) were treated with this approach. Median age was 70 years. Nine patients were converted to resectability by imaging; six had R0 resections (19%), five (16%) achieved a partial response and 24 (75%) had stable disease.

Conclusion: In this small series, the R0 resection rate and response rate were 19% and 16% respectively. These data suggest that neoadjuvant AG may be an alternate option for patients ineligible for FOLFIRINOX.

Keywords: Pancreatic cancer; gemcitabine; locally advanced; nab-paclitaxel; neoadjuvant.

MeSH terms

  • Adenocarcinoma / drug therapy*
  • Adenocarcinoma / surgery
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Albumins / therapeutic use*
  • Antineoplastic Combined Chemotherapy Protocols / therapeutic use*
  • Deoxycytidine / analogs & derivatives*
  • Deoxycytidine / therapeutic use
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Neoadjuvant Therapy / methods*
  • Paclitaxel / therapeutic use*
  • Pancreatic Neoplasms / drug therapy*
  • Pancreatic Neoplasms / surgery
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Survival Analysis
  • Treatment Outcome


  • 130-nm albumin-bound paclitaxel
  • Albumins
  • Deoxycytidine
  • gemcitabine
  • Paclitaxel