Outcome analysis of predictors in locally advanced pancreatic cancer

Arcelli, Alessandra (2021) Outcome analysis of predictors in locally advanced pancreatic cancer, [Dissertation thesis], Alma Mater Studiorum Università di Bologna. Dottorato di ricerca in Oncologia, ematologia e patologia, 33 Ciclo. DOI 10.48676/unibo/amsdottorato/9565.
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Guidelines report a wide range of options in locally advanced pancreatic cancer (LAPC): definitive chemotherapy or chemoradiotherapy or the emerging stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT) (+/- chemotherapy). On behalf of the AIRO (Italian Association of Radiation Oncology and Clinical Oncology) Gastrointestinal Study Group, we collected retrospective clinical data on 419 LAPC from 15 Italian centers. The study protocol (PAULA-1: Pooled Analysis in Unresectable Locally Advanced pancreatic cancer) was approved by institutional review board of S. Orsola-Malpighi Hospital (201/2015/O/OssN). From this large database we performed tree different studies. The first was a retrospective study about 56 LAPC treated with SBRT at a median biologically equivalent dose of 48 Gy +/- chemotherapy. We demonstrated a statistically significant impact of biologically equivalent dose based on an α/β ratio of 10Gy ≥ 48Gy for local control (LC) (p: 0.045) and overall survival (p: 0.042) in LAPC. The second was a retrospective matched-cohort case-control study comparing SBRT (40 patients) and chemoradiation (40 patients) in LAPC in terms of different endpoints. Our findings suggested an equivalence in terms of most outcomes among the two treatments and an advantage of SBRT in terms of LC (p: 0.017). The third study was a retrospective comparison of definitive chemotherapy, chemoradiotherapy and SBRT (+/- chemotherapy) in terms of different outcomes in LAPC. A predictive model for LC in LAPC was also developed reaching an AUC of 68% (CI 58,7%-77,4%). SBRT treatment emerged as a positive predictive factor for improved LC. Findings deriving from our three studies suggest that SBRT is comparable to standard of care (definitive chemotherapy and chemoradiotherapy) in terms of outcomes. SBRT seems to be an emerging therapeutic option in LAPC significantly improving local control. Furthermore, we have shown the potential of a predictive model for LC. Randomized trials are needed to compare these different therapeutic options in LAPC.

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Arcelli, Alessandra
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locally advanced pancreatic cancer, stereotactic body radiotherapy, local control
Data di discussione
22 Ottobre 2021

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