Postoperative Chemotherapy is Associated with Improved Survival in Patients with Node-Positive Pancreatic Ductal Adenocarcinoma After Neoadjuvant Therapy. World journal of surgery Ivey, G. D., Shoucair, S., Delitto, D. J., Habib, J. R., Kinny-Koster, B., Shubert, C. R., Lafaro, K. J., Cameron, J. L., Burns, W. R., Burkhart, R. A., Thompson, E. L., Narang, A., Zheng, L., Wolfgang, C. L., He, J. 2022


BACKGROUND: Postoperative chemotherapy following pancreatic cancer resection is the standard of care. The utility of postoperative chemotherapy for patients who receive neoadjuvant therapy (NAT) is unclear.METHODS: Patients who underwent pancreatectomy after NAT with FOLFIRINOX or gemcitabine-based chemotherapy for non-metastatic pancreatic adenocarcinoma (2015-2019) were identified. Patients who received less than 2months of neoadjuvant chemotherapy or died within 90days from surgery were excluded.RESULTS: A total of 427 patients (resectable, 22.2%; borderline resectable, 37.9%; locally advanced, 39.8%) were identified with the majority (69.3%) receiving neoadjuvant FOLFIRINOX. Median duration of NAT was 4.1months. Following resection, postoperative chemotherapy was associated with an improved median overall survival (OS) (28.7 vs. 20.4months, P=0.006). Risk-adjusted multivariable modeling showed negative nodal status (N0), favorable pathologic response (College of American Pathologists score 0 & 1), and receipt of postoperative chemotherapy to be independent predictors of improved OS. Regimen, duration, and number of cycles of NAT were not significant predictors. Thirty-four percent (60/176) of node-positive and 50.1% (126/251) of node-negative patients did not receive postoperative chemotherapy due to poor functional status, postoperative complications, and patient preference. Among patients with node-positive disease, postoperative chemotherapy was associated with improved median OS (27.2 vs. 10.5months, P<0.001). Among node-negative patients, postoperative chemotherapy was not associated with a survival benefit (median OS, 30.9 vs. 36.9months; P=0.406).CONCLUSION: Although there is no standard NAT regimen for patients with pancreatic cancer, postoperative chemotherapy following NAT and resection appears to be associated with improved OS for patients with node-positive disease.

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