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Nab-paclitaxel plus S-1 in advanced pancreatic adenocarcinoma (NPSPAC): a single arm, single center, phase II trial

Yan Shi, Sui Zhang, Quanli Han, Jie Li, Huan Yan, Yao Lv, Huaiyin Shi, Rong Liu and Guanghai Dai _

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Oncotarget. 2017; 8:92401-92410. https://doi.org/10.18632/oncotarget.21359

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Yan Shi1, Sui Zhang2, Quanli Han1, Jie Li3, Huan Yan1, Yao Lv1, Huaiyin Shi3, Rong Liu4 and Guanghai Dai1

1Medical Oncology Department 2, Chinese PLA General Hospital and Chinese PLA Medical School, Beijing, P.R. China

2Department of Medical Oncology, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA

3Pathology Department, Chinese PLA General Hospital and Chinese PLA Medical School, Beijing, P.R. China

4Department of Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Surgical Oncology, Chinese PLA General Hospital and Chinese PLA Medical School, Beijing, P.R. China

Correspondence to:

Guanghai Dai, email: [email protected]

Keywords: nab-paclitaxel, S-1, objective response rate, survival, advanced pancreatic adenocarcinoma

Received: April 28, 2017    Accepted: August 28, 2017    Published: September 28, 2017


This single-arm, phase II trial is to investigate efficacy and safety of nab-paclitaxel plus S-1 as first-line treatment in advanced pancreatic cancer. Nab-paclitaxel was administered at 120 mg/m2 intravenously on day 1 and 8, S-1 was given twice a day orally on day 1-14 of each 21-day cycle, for 6 cycles. The primary endpoint was objective response rate (ORR), the secondary endpoints were progression-free survival (PFS), overall survival (OS) and safety. The ORR in intent-to-treat population (N=60) by either blinded independent review (BIR) or investigator assessment was 50.0%. Median PFS (mPFS) by BIR and median OS (mOS) were 5.6 months (95%CI, 4.6 to 6.6 m) and 9.4 months (95%CI, 8.0 to 10.8m), respectively. The most common grade 3 or 4 toxicities were leukopenia/neutropenia (35%) and fatigue (8.3%). Subgroup analyses based on BIR showed a remarkable ORR (>70%) was achieved in patients with female gender, ≥ 50% decline from baseline CA19-9, and developed grade 3 or 4 leukopenia/neutropenia. Remarkable survival benefit was statistically significant in female (mPFS: 7.7m, mOS: 18.2m), ≥ 50% decline from baseline CA19-9 (mPFS: 6.8m, mOS: 11.8m), objective responders (mPFS: 6.9m, mOS: 12.2m), and ECOG of 0 at baseline (mPFS: 7.5m, mOS: 16.1m). Nab-paclitaxel plus S-1 showed encouraging ORR and manageable toxicities, which is an effective alternative treatment regimen for advanced pancreatic cancer. (https://clinicaltrials.gov/ number, NCT02124317)

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