Medline ® Abstract for Reference 89
of 'Chemotherapy for advanced exocrine pancreatic cancer'
A multicentre randomised phase II trial of gemcitabine alone vs gemcitabine and S-1 combination therapy in advanced pancreatic cancer: GEMSAP study.
Nakai Y, Isayama H, Sasaki T, Sasahira N, Tsujino T, Toda N, Kogure H, Matsubara S, Ito Y, Togawa O, Arizumi T, Hirano K, Tada M, Omata M, Koike K
Br J Cancer. 2012 Jun;106(12):1934-9. Epub 2012 May 03.
BACKGROUND: This randomised phase II trial compared gemcitabine alone vs gemcitabine and S-1 combination therapy in advanced pancreatic cancer.
METHODS: Patients were randomly assigned to 4-week treatment with gemcitabine alone (1000, mg m(-2) gemcitabine by 30-min infusion on days 1, 8, and 15) or gemcitabine and S-1 combination therapy (1000, mg m(-2) gemcitabine by 30-min infusion on days 1 and 15 and 40 mg m(-2) S-1 orally twice daily on days 1-15). The primary end point was progression-free survival (PFS).
RESULTS: Between July 2006 and February 2009, 106 patients were enrolled. The PFS in gemcitabine and S-1 combination arm was significantly longer than in gemcitabine arm (5.4 vs 3.6 months), with a hazard ratio of 0.64 (P=0.036). Overall survival (OS) for gemcitabine and S-1 combination was longer than that for gemcitabine monotherapy (13.5 vs 8.8 months), with a hazard ratio of 0.72 (P=0.104). Overall, grade 3 or 4 adverse events were similar in both arms.
CONCLUSION: Gemcitabine and S-1 combination therapy demonstrated longer PFS in advanced pancreatic cancer. Improved OS duration of 4.7 months was found for gemcitabine and S-1 combination therapy, though this was not statistically significant.
Department of Gastroenterology, Graduate School of Medicine, The University of Tokyo, Japan.