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Gemcitabine-based adjuvant chemotherapy in subtypes of ampullary adenocarcinoma: international propensity score-matched cohort study

Lookup NU author(s): Stuart Robinson, Steven White


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© 2020 BJS Society Ltd Published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd. Background: Whether patients who undergo resection of ampullary adenocarcinoma have a survival benefit from adjuvant chemotherapy is currently unknown. The aim of this study was to compare survival between patients with and without adjuvant chemotherapy after resection of ampullary adenocarcinoma in a propensity score-matched analysis. Methods: An international multicentre cohort study was conducted, including patients who underwent pancreatoduodenectomy for ampullary adenocarcinoma between 2006 and 2017, in 13 centres in six countries. Propensity scores were used to match patients who received adjuvant chemotherapy with those who did not, in the entire cohort and in two subgroups (pancreatobiliary/mixed and intestinal subtypes). Survival was assessed using the Kaplan–Meier method and Cox regression analyses. Results: Overall, 1163 patients underwent pancreatoduodenectomy for ampullary adenocarcinoma. After excluding 187 patients, median survival in the remaining 976 patients was 67 (95 per cent c.i. 56 to 78) months. A total of 520 patients (53·3 per cent) received adjuvant chemotherapy. In a propensity score-matched cohort (194 patients in each group), survival was better among patients who received adjuvant chemotherapy than in those who did not (median survival not reached versus 60 months respectively; P = 0·051). A survival benefit was seen in patients with the pancreatobiliary/mixed subtype; median survival was not reached in patients receiving adjuvant chemotherapy and 32 months in the group without chemotherapy (P = 0·020). Patients with the intestinal subtype did not show any survival benefit from adjuvant chemotherapy. Conclusion: Patients with resected ampullary adenocarcinoma may benefit from gemcitabine-based adjuvant chemotherapy, but this effect may be reserved for those with the pancreatobiliary and/or mixed subtype.

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Author(s): Moekotte AL, Malleo G, van Roessel S, Bonds M, Halimi A, Zarantonello L, Napoli N, Dreyer SB, Wellner UF, Bolm L, Mavroeidis VK, Robinson S, Khalil K, Ferraro D, Mortimer MC, Harris S, Al-Sarireh B, Fusai GK, Roberts KJ, Fontana M, White SA, Soonawalla Z, Jamieson NB, Boggi U, Alseidi A, Shablak A, Wilmink JW, Primrose JN, Salvia R, Bassi C, Besselink MG, Abu Hilal M

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: British Journal of Surgery

Year: 2020

Volume: 107

Issue: 9

Pages: 1171-1182

Print publication date: 01/08/2020

Online publication date: 07/04/2020

Acceptance date: 23/01/2020

ISSN (print): 0007-1323

ISSN (electronic): 1365-2168

Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd


DOI: 10.1002/bjs.11555


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