Future role of radiotherapy as a component of treatment in biliopancreatic cancers

Leonard L. Gunderson, M. G. Haddock, P. Burch, D. Nagorney, M. L. Foo, T. Todoroki

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For resected and unresectable pancreas cancers, data will be summarized from both adjuvant and locally unresectable pancreas cancer series (EBRT ± IOERT) to demonstrate the justification of continuing to utilize chemo- irradiation as a component of treatment. The resultant improvements in local control with combined modality treatment, however, achieve only minimal improvements in survival in view of the high incidence of abdominal relapse (liver and peritoneal). Further improvement in survival may necessitate regional approaches for chemotherapy or may await advances in gene therapy. For locally unresectable and resected but residual bile duct malignancies, chemoirradiation appears to enhance tumor control and survival. Dose intensification of both modalities may be useful in improving disease control and survival. After chemoirradiation, the addition of liver transplant, in carefully selected patients who are unresectable with standard resection, may further enhance disease control and survival over what would be expected with either approach in isolation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)S291-S295
JournalAnnals of Oncology
Issue numberSUPPL. 4
StatePublished - 1999


  • Biliary cancer
  • Chemo-irradiation
  • Pancreas cancer

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hematology
  • Oncology


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