My dad was recently diagnosed with small cell pancreatic cancer with liver mets. He has just started chemo with carboplatin and etoposide, to go 4 rounds. Dr. told me that there are no second-line therapies or chemo drugs. He had a stent put in biliary tract. I understand that this alone disqualifies him for chemoembolization. Do you know of any clinical trials anywhere which might benefit him?
Thank you for contacting The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center concerning clinical trials.
We do have several pancreatic clinical trials however they all have different eligibility that your father would need to meet in order to be eligible.
Your father's records would have to be evaluated by our physician's in order to determine the appropriate treatment option for him. You can
view the clinical trials currently underway for pancreatic cancer, by going to http://www.mdanderson.org/patients_public/clinical_trials/.
1) "Clinical Trials at M. D. Anderson Cancer Center"
2) "View Studies by Cancer Type"
We have two clinical trials here specifically for second line therapy of metastatic pancreatic cancer. You can view these at the above link.
The trial numbers for these protocols are
In order to participate in a clinical trial here at M. D. Anderson, your father would have to become a patient at our facility.
If your father is interested in scheduling an appointment here at M. D. Anderson, he will need to start the referral process. To start this process, he will
need to fill out the self referral form in the "contact us" area of our website http://www.mdanderson.org/contact_us/
A Patient Access Specialist from the Gastrointestinal (GI) Center will contact him to assist in gathering specific medical records and financial information
to generate the referral. Generally, the appointment is scheduled if M. D. Anderson has something to offer the patient.
The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, Inc. may be able to provide you with some additional facts or information on additional clinical trials. Their web
address is http://www.pancan.org/
Finally, the National Cancer Institute (NCI) is an excellent resource on pancreatic cancer as well as having a list of clinical trials going on throughout the
United States and some international hospitals. The web address is http://www.cancer.gov/cancer_information/ or you can call them toll-free at
I hope that this information is helpful. If you would like any additional information about M. D. Anderson services, programs, or appointment
information, do not hesitate to contact the M. D. Anderson Information Line at 1-800-392-1611, option 3.