OBJECTIVES: Bile duct cancer is a rare malignancy with poor prognosis. We sought to determine the efficacy of concurrent chemoradiotherapy with doxifluridine and paclitaxel for extrahepatic bile duct cancer. METHODS: Nineteen patients with unresectable extrahepatic bile duct cancer received doxifluridine (600 mg/m) daily, intravenous paclitaxel (50 mg/m) weekly (before radiotherapy), and radiotherapy of 4500 cGy for approximately 5 weeks. RESULTS: Local response rate which reflected the reopening of occluded bile duct was 89.5% (17 out of 19). In 6 cases (31.6%), overall response, which measured the change of tumor size, was achieved with this treatment. The longest survival time was 52 months, and median survival time was 14 months. One- and 2-year survival rates were 84.2% and 31.6%, respectively. One case of gastrointestinal bleeding and 1 case of grade III leukopenia occurred during the treatment. One patient could not finish the treatment because of poor general condition. CONCLUSIONS: Concurrent chemoradiotherapy with doxifluridine and paclitaxel seemed to produce a good clinical response without severe toxicity and improve survival rates in patients with extrahepatic bile duct cancer.
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||American Journal of Clinical Oncology: Cancer Clinical Trials|
|Publication status||Published - 2006 Jun|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Cancer Research