Pancreatic Cancer

Regional Health is involved in pancreatic cancer research trials. Below is more information about the purpose and who the physician (principal investigator) is for each trial. For more in-depth information on the research studies, click the blue name which will lead you to the U.S. National Institute of Health website or call (605) 755-2300.


RTOG 0848
Gemcitabine Hydrochloride With or Without Erlotinib Hydrochloride Followed By the Same Chemotherapy Regimen With or Without Radiation Therapy and Capecitabine or Fluorouracil in Treating Patients With Pancreatic Cancer That Has Been Removed By Surgery

PURPOSE: This randomized phase III trial is studying gemcitabine hydrochloride and erlotinib hydrochloride to see how well they work compared with gemcitabine hydrochloride alone followed by the same chemotherapy regimen with or without radiation therapy and capecitabine or fluorouracil in treating patients with pancreatic cancer that was removed by surgery. Drugs used in chemotherapy, such as gemcitabine hydrochloride, capecitabine, and fluorouracil, work in different ways to stop the growth of tumor cells, either by killing the cells or by stopping them from dividing. Erlotinib hydrochloride may stop the growth of tumor cells by blocking some of the enzymes needed for cell growth. Radiation therapy uses high energy x-rays to kill tumor cells. Giving chemotherapy together with or without erlotinib hydrochloride and/or radiation therapy after surgery may kill any tumor cells that remain after surgery. It is not yet known whether chemotherapy is more effective when given with or without erlotinib hydrochloride and/or radiation therapy in treating pancreatic cancer.

To learn more, contact:
Regional Health
John T. Vucurevich Cancer Care Institute

(605) 755-2300

Principal Investigators
Michael Swartz, MD
Radiation Oncologist