Pancreatic Cancer Clinical Trials

Learn about clinical trials, courtesy of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network

One of the unique benefits of being a University of Michigan patient is access to the latest and most promising therapies for cancer. Our doctors are working hard to find cures, but they can't do it alone. Patients play a vital role by participating in research studies -- also known as clinical trials.

Featured Trials

For those with borderline operable pancreatic cancer

Title: UMCC 2011.007 A Phase II Study of Neoadjuvant FOLFIRINOX and FDR-Gemcitabine with Concurrent IMRT in Patients with Borderline Resectable Pancreatic Cancer

Purpose: This research study will examine a sequence of treatments including pre-operative chemotherapy, radiation and finally surgery for borderline resectable pancreatic cancer.
Study Description: To improve the results of current standard treatments for pancreatic cancer through development of new medications. This research treatment will evaluate the combination of two chemotherapy agents, FOLFIRINOX and gemcitabine, combined with radiation therapy. FOLFIRINOX is actually a combination of four chemotherapy agents, 5-fluorouracil, leucovorin, irinotecan and oxaliplatin. The researchers have already done studies FOLFOX chemotherapy (a combination of leucovorin, 5-fluorouracil, and oxaliplatin), as well as gemcitabine and oxaliplatin combined with radiation therapy. They want to build on the information they have from this previous research. They will use this study to determine how well people do who are treated with FOLFIRINOX, gemcitabine and radiation therapy prior to having surgery for their pancreatic cancer. The researchers will also gather more information about what type of side effects occur with this treatment.

Learn more about eligibility or get contact information; contact the Cancer AnswerLine™ at 800-865-1125.


For those with advanced pancreatic and biliary cancers

Title: UMCC 2011-036 Phase II Trial for Advanced pancreatic and biliary cancers

Purpose: To evaluate the combination of 3 chemotherapy drugs, gemcitabine, infusional 5-fluorouracil (5FU) and cisplatin for patients with metastatic pancreatic and biliary cancers.
Study Description: Researchers will use this study to determine how well people do who are treated with gemcitabine, infusional 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) and cisplatin. The researchers will also gather more information about what type of side effects occur with this treatment. Patients who have been treated previously with a single drug of gemcitabine and /or 5FU may be eligible for this trial. Those patients who have been treated previously with cisplatin are not eligible.

Learn more about eligibility or get contact information; contact the Cancer AnswerLine™ at 800-865-1125.

Questions?

If you would like to speak to someone about this trial -- or other trials available at the University of Michigan Health System -- please contact the Cancer AnswerLine™ at 800-865-1125.

 

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Last update 12.2013

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