Pancreatic cancer: Ukrainian and world tendencies


  • V.M. Kopchak State Institution “O.O. Shalimov National Institute of Surgery and Transplantology” of the National Academy of Medical Sciences of Ukraine, Kyiv, Ukraine,
  • I.I. Zaivelieva State Institution “O.O. Shalimov National Institute of Surgery and Transplantology” of the National Academy of Medical Sciences of Ukraine, Kyiv, Ukraine,



pancreatic cancer, chemotherapy, gemcitabine, FOLFIRINOX, nab-paclitaxel, abraxane, review


Pancreatic cancer is a malignant tumor that has a high metastasis potential and restrained sensitivity to chemotherapeutic treatment, characterized by a relatively poor prognosis for patients to recover, especially with diffused and unresectable forms. This article provides an overview of relevant clinical trials on the effectiveness of various chemotherapy programs, data of scientific search for the molecular typing of pancreatic cancer. We analyzed the studies on the chemotherapy in locally advanced and metastatic pancreatic cancer, compared the effectiveness of various schemes. Materials and interpretations of clinical trials ACCORD 11 MPACT; data from PubMed, NCCN, ESMO, ASCO, FDA data. Chemotherapy with a combination of gemcitabine and nab-paclitaxel shows better efficacy and prognostic prospects in the treatment of unresectable forms of pancreatic cancer, compared to all other programs. Adverse events related to treatment, including grades 3–4, are less commonly reported with gemcitabine + nab-paclitaxel rather than with polychemotherapy treatment by other schemes. Due to the lack of registration of nab-paclitaxel (abraxane) in Ukraine, the FOLFIRINOX is the program of choice for patients with a favorable comorbidity profile, but it is associated with frequent toxic effects in patients with pancreatic cancer.

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