Long-term survival and metastatic pattern of pancreatic and periampullary cancer after adjuvant chemoradiation or observation: long-term results of EORTC trial 40891
Smeenk, Hans G × van Eijck, Casper H J Hop, Wim C Erdmann, Joris Tran, Kheetje C K Debois, Muriel Van Cutsem, Eric van Dekken, Herman Klinkenbijl, Jean H Jeekel, Johannes #
Annals of surgery vol:246 issue:5 pages:734-40
BACKGROUND: The role of adjuvant chemoradiation in pancreatic cancer remains unclear. This report presents the long-term follow-up results of EORTC trial 40891, which assessed the role of chemoradiation in resectable pancreatic cancer. METHODS: Two hundred eighteen patients were randomized after resection of the primary tumor. Eligible patients had T1-2 N0-N1a M0 pancreatic cancer or T1-3 N0-N1a M0 periampullary cancers, all histologic proven. Patients in the treatment group (n = 110) underwent postoperative chemoradiation (40 Gy plus 5-FU). Patients in the control group (n = 108) had no further adjuvant treatment. FINDINGS: After a median follow-up of 11.7 years, 173 deaths (79%) have been reported. The overall survival did not differ between the 2 treatment groups (Chemoradiation treatment vs. Controls: death rate ratio 0.91, 95% CI: 0.68-1.23, P value 0.54). The 10-year overall survival was 18% in the whole population of patients (8% in the pancreatic head cancer group and 29% in the periampullary cancer group). INTERPRETATION: These results confirm the previous short-term analysis, indicating no benefit of adjuvant chemoradiation over observation in patients with resected pancreatic cancer or periampullary cancer. Patients with pancreatic cancer may survive more than 10 years. Only 1 of 31 cases recurred after year 7.