Purpose: Stereotactic ablative radiation therapy's (SABR's) great conformity and short duration has become an attractive treatment modality. We report a phase 2 clinical trial to evaluate efficacy and safety of induction chemotherapy (ICT) followed by SABR in patient with borderline resectable (BR) and locally advanced (LA) pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC). Methods and materials: Patients with biopsy-proven BR or LA PDAC were treated with four 21-day cycles of intravenous gemcitabine and oral capecitabine. Patients were restaged within 4 weeks after ICT by computed tomography and treated by 3-fraction SABR if no metastasis or progressive disease was identified. Patients were restaged 4 weeks following SABR to determine resectability. Tumor response was assessed with carbohydrate antigen 19-9. Results: Thirty-five patients (19 BR/16 LA) were enrolled. The median age was 71.8 years (range, 50.6-81.1). ICT was completed in 91.4% (n = 32) of patients. All patients who completed ICT completed SABR. Of those 32 patients, 34.3% (n = 12: 10 BR, 2 LA) underwent pancreaticoduodenectomy and 11 of 12 (91.7%) received R0 resection. Median overall survival was 18.8, 28.3, and 14.3 months for the entire cohort, BR, and LA, respectively. The 2-year local progression-free survival (LPFS) was 44.9%, 40%, and 52% for the entire cohort, BR, and LA, respectively. For BR patients, multivariate analysis showed surgery was associated with better overall survival and LPFS. One-year LPFS for patients with surgery was 80% and 44% without surgery. Within the 15.4-month follow-up, no grade 3+ toxicity from SABR was observed. No significant quality of life change was observed before and after ICT, SABR, or surgery for BR or LA patients. Conclusions: This is the first prospective phase 2 study to investigate the feasibility and efficacy of a 12-week gemcitabine/capecitabine ICT followed by SABR for BR or LA PDAC. The results suggest excellent tolerability, high R0 resection rates, and acceptable posttreatment complications.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging