Computed tomography-based biomarker outcomes in a prospective trial of preoperative FOLFIRINOX and chemoradiation for borderline resectable pancreatic cancer

Eugene J. Koay, Matthew H.G. Katz, Huamin Wang, Xuemei Wang, Laura Prakash, Milind Javle, Rachna Shroff, David Fogelman, Santiago Avila, Mohamed Zaid, Dalia Elganainy, Yeonju Lee, Christopher H. Crane, Sunil Krishnan, Prajnan Das, Jason B. Fleming, Jeffrey E. Lee, Eric P. Tamm, Priya Bhosale, Jeffrey H. LeeBrian Weston, Anirban Maitra, Robert A. Wolff, Gauri R. Varadhachary

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PURPOSE Effective preoperative regimens and biomarkers for pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) are lacking. We prospectively evaluated fluorouracil, leucovorin, irinotecan, and oxaliplatin (FOLFIRINOX)-based treatment and imaging-based biomarkers for borderline resectable PDAC. METHODS Eligible patients had treatment-naive, histology-confirmed PDAC and one or more high-risk features: Mesenteric vessel involvement, CA 19-9 level of 500 mg/dL or greater, and indeterminate metastatic lesions. Patients received modified FOLFIRINOX and chemoradiation before anticipated pancreatectomy. Tumors were classified on baseline computed tomography as high delta (well-defined interface with parenchyma) or low delta (ill-defined interface). We designated computed tomography interface response after therapy as type I (remained or became well defined) or type II (became ill defined). The study had 80% power to differentiate a 60% from 40% resection rate (α = .10). Overall survival (OS) and progression-free survival (PFS) were estimated using the Kaplan-Meier method, and subgroups were compared using log-rank tests. RESULTS Thirty-three patients initiated therapy; 45% underwent pancreatectomy. The median OS was 24 months (95% CI, 16.2 to 29.6 months). For patients who did and did not undergo pancreatectomy, the median OS was 42 months (95% CI, 17.7 months to not estimable) and 14 months (95% CI, 9.0 to 24.8 months), respectively. Patients with high-delta tumors had lower 3-year PFS (4% v 40%) and 3-year OS rates (20% v 60%) than those with low-delta tumors (both P,.05). Patients with type II interface responses had lower 3-year PFS (0% v 29%) and 3-year OS rates (16% v 47%) than those with type I responses (both P , .001). CONCLUSION Preoperative FOLFIRINOX followed by chemoradiation for high-risk borderline resectable PDAC was associated with a resection rate of 45% and median OS of approximately 2 years. Our imaging-based biomarker validation indicates that personalized treatment may be achieved using these biomarkers at baseline and post-treatment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJCO Precision Oncology
StatePublished - 2019
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research


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