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Context Seventy patients with adenocarcinoma of the pancreas with liver metastases, received chemotherapy every four weeks and their outcomes are reported in this retrospective series. Objective Advanced adenocarcinoma of the pancreas has a poor prognosis with only 2% 5-year survival reported by SEER (Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results of the NCI). Chemotherapy given as intra-arterial perfusions is more intense than intravenous chemotherapy. Responses in perfused tumor is expected to be better than that obtained with only intravenous chemotherapy. Design Hepatic artery therapy is given monthly as a 5 hour perfusion of the hepatic artery using DDP and MIC. Also given is monthy Intravenous (IV) therapy with four hours of Leucovorin (LV), with an injection of FUDR during the last hour of LV, daily x 5 days. Setting all therapy was given at Midwestern Regional Medical Center. Patients Thirty seven patients had no prior chemotherapy, while 33 patients had progressed after prior IV chemotherapy. Intervention Hepatic artery therapy with IV LV-FUDR was given for up to six months depending upon marrow tolerance and response. At that point, if response was ongoing or improving, therapy was continued monthly with only IV LV-FUDR; all therapy was stopped whenever progressive disease was evident. Results of those without prior chemotherapy, the mean overall survival (OS) was 17.3 ± 30.2 months (mean±SD), ranging up to 13 years. Six patients survived more than three years with four are living in continuing complete remission for more than five years. Conclusion This therapy offers the opportunity for long term survival in a subset of patients with metastatic adenocarcinoma of the pancreas who have liver metastases, and some patients can be cured.
Chemotherapy, Cancer, Regional Perfusion, Pancreatic Neoplasms, Pancreatic Cancer