Metronomic Chemotherapy and the Treatment of Pancreatic Cancer


People with pancreatic cancer do not live very long. They usually only live three to six months after being diagnosed with this type of cancer. There have been case reports using metronomic chemotherapy to treat pancreatic cancer.

In one case report (1) a man with pancreatic cancer who was treated with metronomic chemotherapy. This type of therapy involves giving certain doses of chemotherapy to cancer patients on a weekly basis.

In the case report, a man with pancreatic cancer was treated with metronomic therapy. He was given therapy in the form of capecitabine and gemcitabine for two months in order to treat cancer. As he didn’t get better, he was given metronomic therapy using paclitaxel, leucovorin, oxaliplatin, and 5 fluorouracil. After getting this therapy, he went from being bedridden to being an ambulatory patient and had a much better quality of life.

Source: 1.Chue BM. Five-Year Survival of Metastatic Pancreatic Carcinoma: A Study of Courage and Hope. Gastrointest Cancer Res. 2009 Sep-Oct; 3(5): 208–211.

Dr. Adem Gunes

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