Pancreatic cancer

Shigeu Yamada, Kohtaro Terashima, Makoto Shinoto, Shigeo Yasuda, Miho Shiomi, Tetsuro Isozaki

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

3 Citations (Scopus)


Pancreatic cancer is the fifth leading cause of cancer death and is considered to be one of the most lethal cancers in Japan.Complete surgical resection is the only curative treatment. Even if curative resection is performed, the disease usually recurs, and 5-year survival rates are less than 20%. Chemotherapy or chemoradiotherapy is selected as a standard treatment for unresectable pancreatic cancer. However, since pancreatic cancer is often resistant to chemotherapy and radiotherapy, the local control and survival rates are very low. We conducted a phase I/II clinical trial using carbon ion radiotherapy (C-ion RT) for patients with operable and locally advanced pancreatic cancer. This was delivered preop- eratively in 8 fractions over 2 weeks, was well tolerated, and resulted in excellent local control and survival rates. C-ion RT for patients with locally advanced pancreatic cancer was also well tolerated, even when concomitantly administered with the highest dose of gemcitabine (1,000 mg/m2), and likewise resulted in a good survival rate. In this chapter, we discuss current treatment methods and the results of C-ion RT for pancreatic cancer at the National Institute of Radiological Sciences.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCarbon-Ion Radiotherapy
Subtitle of host publicationPrinciples, Practices, and Treatment Planning
PublisherSpringer Japan
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9784431544579
ISBN (Print)9784431544562
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2014

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Medicine(all)


Dive into the research topics of 'Pancreatic cancer'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this