Pancreatic intra-arterial infusion chemotherapy for the treatment of patients with advanced pancreatic carcinoma: A pilot study

J Cancer Res Ther. 2022 Dec;18(7):1945-1951. doi: 10.4103/jcrt.jcrt_819_22.


Objective: To preliminarily evaluate the efficacy and safety of pancreatic intra-arterial infusion chemotherapy (PAIC) with nab-paclitaxel in patients with advanced pancreatic carcinoma.

Methods: Fifteen patients with advanced pancreatic carcinoma received monthly, inpatient, 3-h, continuous PAIC of nab-paclitaxel at 180 mg/m2, combined with 60 mg oral tegafur gimeracil oteracil potassium capsule for 2 weeks. The therapeutic courses were repeated every 4 weeks. All patients had a preliminary diagnosis based on clinical symptoms, imaging data (computed tomography or magnetic resonance imaging or positron emission tomography/computed tomography), and tumor markers. The adverse effects, clinical benefit response (CBR), objective response rate (ORR), median progression free survival (mPFS), and median overall survival (mOS) were monitored.

Results: Fifteen patients with advanced pancreatic carcinoma were enrolled in this study, including 10 male and 5 female patients. The mean age at the time of treatment was 66.3 years (53-84 years). A total of 49 cycles of PAIC (mean = 3.27 cycles/patient) were performed. The most common treatment-related toxicities were alopecia, diarrhea, and nausea/vomiting. No procedure-related complications were observed. The longest overall survival observed was 22 months and the maximum number of treatments for the same patient was six cycles. PAIC contributed a high rate (13/15 [86.67%]) and fast (10/15 [66.67%]) easement of pain, with apparent symptom relief within 24 h, especially local pain symptom. The pain anesis rate was 13 (86.67%). CBR was achieved in 13 (86.67%) patients (95%CI [59.54,98.34]). ORR was achieved in four (26.67%) patients (95%CI [7.79,55.10]). Disease Control Rate was achieved in 14 (93.33%) patients. The mPFS was 5.22 months (interquartile range [IQR], 4.27-7.85 months). The mOS was 8.97 months (IQR, 5.65-13.70 months).

Conclusions: In this study, the dose of the chemotherapeutics and the schedule of the transcatheter pancreatic arterial chemotherapy perfusion were shown to be safe, well-tolerated, and effective for the relief of clinical symptoms and CBR. These advantages can quickly establish the treatment belief and improve patient quality of life. This regimen requires further investigation in patients with advanced pancreatic carcinoma.

Keywords: Chemotherapy; infusion; life quality; pancreatic carcinoma; superselective arterial intubation.

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Antineoplastic Combined Chemotherapy Protocols / adverse effects
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infusions, Intra-Arterial
  • Male
  • Paclitaxel / therapeutic use
  • Pain / etiology
  • Pancreatic Neoplasms* / pathology
  • Pilot Projects
  • Quality of Life*
  • Treatment Outcome


  • Paclitaxel