Current best practices and rationalistic perspectives in causation-based prevention, early detection and multidisciplinary treatment of breast and gastric cancer

Gastric & Breast Cancer e-journal
DOI: 10.2122/gbc.2011.0172

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Improving Pancreatic Cancer Treatment with Combinatorial Chemotherapy Regimen and Erlotinib.

Prof. Odysseas Zoras, M.D, PhD.

Affiliation: Professor Odysseas Zoras, Department of General Surgery, University Hospital of Heraklion, Medical School, University of Crete, Heraklion, Crete, Greece.

E-mail: ozoras@med.uoc.gr

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Chemotherapy with gemcitabine has been the standard treatment of patients with metastatic pancreatic cancer. A more aggressive combination chemotherapy regimen consisting of oxaliplatin, irinotecan, fluorouracil, and leucovorin (FOLFIRINOX) was proven more effective although at a higher toxicity than gemcitabine in a phase 3 trial published in the NEJM 2011 May issue. Targeting pancreatic cancer cells with EGFR signalling pathways-blocking drugs could provide a further survival improvement. Is erlotinib, a tyrosine kinase inhibitor, such a safe and effective drug?

(Citation: Gastric & Breast Cancer 2011; 10(3): 151-153)

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