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Comparing Two Chemotherapy Treatments for Advanced Pancreatic Cancer: Gem-Nab and Gem-Ox


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One of the common chemotherapy treatments used worldwide is a combination of Gemcitabine and nab-paclitaxel, also known as Gem-Nab. However, this medication isn’t always available or covered by insurance.

The researchers in this study wanted to see how effective Gem-Nab was compared to another therapy regimen called gemcitabine and oxaliplatin, known as Gem-Ox. Gem-Ox was the standard treatment at their cancer center in Saltzburg, Austria before a newer medication called FOLFIRINOX was introduced. To compare the two therapies, the researchers looked at the medical records of 121 patients with advanced pancreatic adenocarcinoma who received either Gem-Nab or Gem-Ox as their first-line chemotherapy.

They found that out of the 554 patients they screened, 73 were treated with Gem-Nab and 48 with Gem-Ox. Those who received Gem-Ox had a better performance score, which means they were healthier overall, compared to the Gem-Nab group. They were also more likely to have locally advanced disease instead of metastatic disease, and they were younger.

When it came to survival rates, there wasn’t a significant difference between the two groups. The median overall survival for the entire study group was around 10.3 months, with no significant difference between the Gem-Nab and Gem-Ox groups. The same went for progression-free survival, which was around 6.8 months for the whole group.

They also looked at other factors like gender, age, performance status, and CA19-9 levels, but adjusting for these factors didn’t change the results. In other words, there wasn’t a statistically significant difference in the outcomes between Gem-Nab and Gem-Ox.

Based on these findings, the researchers suggest that Gem-Ox could be a potential first-line treatment option for patients with inoperable locally advanced or metastatic pancreatic cancer, especially if Gem-Nab is not available.

So, in a nutshell, this study compared two different chemotherapy treatments for pancreatic cancer and found that there wasn’t a significant difference in the outcomes between the two. This suggests that Gem-Ox could be a viable option for patients who can’t receive Gem-Nab.

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