From screening to treatment of pancreatic cancer: A comprehensive review

Introduction:Pancreatic adenocarcinoma is a devastating malignancy, associated with a grim prognosis, due to its silent presentation and lack of diagnostic tests. In addition, treatment options are limited to few agents, such as 5-FU, irinotecan, oxaliplatin, gemcitabine and nab-paclitaxel. Methods: We performed a literature search for relevant published clinical trials, abstracts of trials in progress and ongoing or planned trials for the treatment of APC using Pubmed.com, ClinicalTrials.gov and American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) abstract search as sources. We present an in-depth analysis of the phase I-III clinical trials determining the role and efficacy of different modalities. We also describe rationale for future investigation. Discussion: Despite advances in first-line and second-line therapies for APC, median OS remains short of a year. We need collaborative efforts between the cooperative groups, institutions, community practices and industry to work together in enrolling these patients in clinical trials. In addition to use new technologies, such as organoids, we must pay attention to the palliative aspect of care for these patients from the beginning including nutritionist, social worker and supportive care health providers to assist with goals of care, symptom management and end of life discussions.


Muhammad Wasif Saif

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