Stereotactic Radiation Therapy and Combination Chemotherapy in Treating Patients Undergoing Surgery for Locally Advanced Pancreatic Cancer

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Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : January 23, 2007
Last Update Posted : December 12, 2012
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Technische Universität München

Brief Summary:

RATIONALE: Stereotactic radiation therapy may be able to send x-rays directly to the tumor and cause less damage to normal tissue. Drugs used in chemotherapy, such as gemcitabine and oxaliplatin, work in different ways to stop the growth of tumor cells, either by killing the cells or by stopping them from dividing. Giving stereotactic radiation therapy together with combination chemotherapy before surgery may make the tumor smaller and reduce the amount of normal tissue that needs to be removed. Giving combination chemotherapy after surgery may kill any tumor cells that remain after surgery.

PURPOSE: This phase II trial is studying how well giving stereotactic radiation therapy together with combination chemotherapy works in treating patients undergoing surgery for locally advanced pancreatic cancer.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Pancreatic Cancer Drug: gemcitabine hydrochloride Drug: oxaliplatin Procedure: adjuvant therapy Procedure: neoadjuvant therapy Radiation: hypofractionated radiation therapy Radiation: stereotactic radiosurgery Phase 2

Detailed Description:



  • Determine the clinical response rate in patients undergoing surgery for locally advanced pancreatic cancer treated with stereotactic radiotherapy, gemcitabine hydrochloride, and oxaliplatin.


  • Determine the toxicity of this regimen in these patients.
  • Determine the time to disease progression in patients treated with this regimen.
  • Determine the time to death in patients treated with this regimen.
  • Determine perioperative morbidity and mortality in patients treated with this regimen.
  • Determine the rate of R0 resections in patients treated with this regimen.
  • Determine the histologic response rate in these patients.


  • Neoadjuvant therapy: Patients undergo hypofractionated, stereotactic radiotherapy on days 1-5. Patients also receive gemcitabine hydrochloride IV over 100 minutes on day 1 and oxaliplatin IV over 120 minutes on day 2. Treatment with gemcitabine hydrocloride and oxaliplatin repeats every 2 weeks for 3 courses.
  • Surgery: Patients with resectable disease undergo tumor resection. Patients with unresectable disease undergo a second course of neoadjuvant chemoradiotherapy followed by resection.
  • Adjuvant therapy: Beginning 3-4 weeks after surgery, patients receive 3 more courses of chemotherapy as in neoadjuvant therapy.

After completion of study treatment, patients are followed every 3 months for up to 2 years.

PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A total of 29 patients will be accrued for this study.

Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Estimated Enrollment : 29 participants
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Lokal Fortgeschrittenes Pankreas-Karzinom: Stereotaktische Radiotherapie Gefolfgt Von Gemox-Chemotherapie
Study Start Date : May 2006
Actual Study Completion Date : December 2009

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Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Clinical response rate as assessed by RECIST criteria

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Toxicity as assessed by NCI-CTC criteria
  2. Time to progression
  3. Time to death
  4. Perioperative morbidity and mortality
  5. Rate of R0 resections
  6. Histologic response rate

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No


  • Histologically or cytologically confirmed adenocarcinoma of the pancreas or intrapancreatic bile duct carcinoma

    • Overall view of image morphology and CA19-9 (< 500 U/L) demonstrating pancreatic cancer allowed if histologic/cytologic confirmation is unavailable
  • Locally advanced disease, meeting 1 of the following criteria:

    • Uncertain R0 resectability dependant on relation to portal vein, sinus confluens, superior mesenteric artery, and superior mesenteric vein (e.g., contact with portal vein, superior mesenteric vein, or arterial vessels, but < 180° encasement)
    • Unresectable pancreatic cancer (e.g., contact with portal vein, superior mesenteric artery or arterial vessels, > 180° encasement)
  • Measurable disease, defined as ≥ 1 unidimensionally measurable lesion ≥ 1 cm by spiral CT scan or MRI

    • Patients with no measurable disease may be assessed for feasibility only
  • No distant metastases


  • ECOG performance status (PS) 0-1 OR Karnofsky PS 80-100%
  • WBC ≥ 3,000/mm³
  • Granulocyte count ≥ 2,000/mm³
  • Platelet count ≥ 100,000/mm³
  • Creatinine clearance > 30 mL/min
  • Bilirubin ≤ 3.0 times upper limit of normal
  • AST and ALT ≤ 2.5 times normal
  • Alkaline phosphatase ≤ 2.5 times normal
  • Not pregnant or nursing
  • Negative pregnancy test
  • Fertile patients must use effective contraception
  • No secondary malignancy within the past 5 years that was not curatively treated
  • No known intolerance to any of the study drugs
  • No preexisting polyneuropathy > grade 1
  • No active uncontrolled infection
  • No cardiac insufficiency despite optimal medication
  • No New York Heart Association class III or IV congestive heart failure
  • LVEF ≥ 50% OR shortening fraction ≥ 25%
  • No angina pectoris (at rest or under stress) unexplained by interventional cardiology within the past 6 months
  • No myocardial infarction within the past 6 months
  • No uncontrolled diabetes mellitus
  • No other existing serious medical impairments that would preclude study compliance


  • No prior chemotherapy
  • No prior radiotherapy to the abdomen

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00425841

Klinikum Rechts Der Isar - Technische Universitaet Muenchen
Munich, Germany, D-81675
Sponsors and Collaborators
Technische Universität München
Study Chair: Florian Lordick, MD Technische Universität München

Responsible Party: Technische Universität München Identifier: NCT00425841     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: CDR0000515934
First Posted: January 23, 2007    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: December 12, 2012
Last Verified: December 2012

Keywords provided by Technische Universität München:
adenocarcinoma of the pancreas
stage III pancreatic cancer
stage II pancreatic cancer

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Pancreatic Neoplasms
Digestive System Neoplasms
Neoplasms by Site
Endocrine Gland Neoplasms
Digestive System Diseases
Pancreatic Diseases
Endocrine System Diseases
Antimetabolites, Antineoplastic
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Antineoplastic Agents
Antiviral Agents
Anti-Infective Agents
Enzyme Inhibitors
Immunosuppressive Agents
Immunologic Factors
Physiological Effects of Drugs