Tailored-dose chemotherapy using gemcitabine for advanced pancreatic cancer

Toshihiko Sumii, Nao Fujimori, Taichi Nakamura, Takeshi Senju, Yuki Horikawa, Akihiro Funakoshi

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Eighteen patients with metastatic or post-surgery recurrent pancreatic cancer were given weekly gemcitabine therapy. Almost all of these patients were aged or had other complications. We determined the individualized maximum repeatable dose (iMRD)as follows. We started at 500 mg/m(2) gemcitabine and repeated the treatment with an increase or a decrease of 100mg/m(2) each week, if the hematological toxicity was 0 or more than grade 1. If toxicity was grade 1, the same dose was given. And the third-week dose was an iMRD. Dose intensity was 286 mg/m(2)/week. The median survival time was 262 days. Of these 18 patients, 2 (11.1%), 11(61.1%) and 5 (27.8%) patients showed partial response, stable disease, and progressive disease, respectively. The therapeutic effects of iMRD equaled those of standard administration of gemcitabine.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1261-1265
Number of pages5
JournalGan to kagaku ryoho. Cancer & chemotherapy
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 2006

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Medicine


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