Regional Combined with Systemic Chemotherapy in Unresectable Biliary Tract Cancers: A Phase II Study

M. Cantore, G. Fiorentini, A. Mambrini, C. Rabbi, D. Zamagni, N. Carlone, Andrea Manni, R. Caudana, T. Torri

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Unresectable biliary tract cancers have a very poor prognosis. No good systemic chemotherapeutic regimen is available. This study aimed to evaluated the activity and toxicity of a novel approach of combined loco-regional and systemic chemotherapy. Twenty four patients with advanced or metastatic biliary tumors were treated with epiadriamycin 50 mg/m 2 and cisplatin 60 mg/m 2 administered bolus in proper hepatic artery on day 1, combined with systemic continuous infusion of 5-fluorouracil 200 mg/m 2/day, from day 1 to day 14, every 3 weeks. The overall response rate was 8/24 (33%), including one complete response and 7 partial responses (stable disease 46%, progression 21%). The treatment was well tolerated with a minimal hematological toxicity; the major clinical problem was the deep venous thrombosis related to central venous catheter, that occurred in 5 patients (21%). Median overall survival was 14,6 months and 1-year and 2-year survival were 54% and 38% respectively. Performance status improved in 33% of patients and weight gain more than 7% was observed in 17%. This novel combined loco-regional and systemic chemotherapeutic regimen is active and safe for advanced biliary tract cancer patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)59-64
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Experimental and Clinical Cancer Research
Issue number4 SUPPL.
StatePublished - Dec 1 2003

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research


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