Retrospective Evaluation of the Efficacy of Gemcitabine-Based Therapies After FOLFIRINOX Failure in Advanced Pancreatic Cancer, Multi-Center Real-Life Data

Sütcüoğlu O., Doğan A., Yilmaz F., Şahin A. B., ŞAHİN T. K., Esen S. A., ...More

Pancreas, vol.52, no.4, 2023 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 52 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2023
  • Doi Number: 10.1097/mpa.0000000000002238
  • Journal Name: Pancreas
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, BIOSIS, CAB Abstracts, MEDLINE, Veterinary Science Database
  • Hacettepe University Affiliated: Yes


OBJECTIVE: Combination therapies such as FOLFIRINOX or gemcitabine-nanoparticle albumin-bound paclitaxel (GnP) are recommended for the first-line treatment of patients with advanced pancreatic cancer. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of gemcitabine-based second-line therapies in patients whose disease progressed on FOLFIRINOX. METHOD: Patients diagnosed with advanced pancreatic cancer in 7 tertiary hospitals in Turkey were included. Patients were divided into 3 different groups according to their treatment regimens: GnP, gemcitabine doublet (gemcitabine-cisplatin or gemcitabine-capecitabine), and gemcitabine monotherapy. RESULTS: A total of 144 patients were included in the study. In the second-line treatment, 65% of patients were given GnP, 20% were given gemcitabine doublet, and 15% were given gemcitabine monotherapy. The median exposure of the patients to gemcitabine-based therapy was 3 cycles, whereas the median progression-free survival was calculated as 3.4 months. The median overall survival for patients who received GnP was 4.6 months, 6.4 months for patients who received gemcitabine doublet therapy, and 3.7 months for patients who received gemcitabine monotherapy ( P = 0.248). CONCLUSION: In conclusion, it has been shown that gemcitabine-based second-line treatments contribute to survival in patients with advanced pancreatic cancer. In addition, there was no difference in efficacy between gemcitabine monotherapy or combination treatments.