Journal article

Clinical experience with gemcitabine in pancreatic carcinoma.

M Michael, M Moore

Oncology (Williston Park) | Published : 1997


The treatment of advanced pancreatic carcinoma has been viewed with pessimism. Because of the lack of activity of commonly used agents, there is no consensus regarding a standard chemotherapy regimen. Assessment of response is neither uniform nor reproducible. Debilitating tumor-related symptoms, including pain, anorexia, weight loss, and impaired performance status, are common. Many studies have failed to evaluate the palliative benefit of treatments, although many patients consider such benefit to be of the utmost importance. Tools have been developed to uniformly assess tumor-related symptoms, and the concept of clinical benefit response has been developed as an end point to quantify symp..

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