IORT on Borderline Resectable Pancreatic Cancer (PancFORT)

  • End date
    Dec 30, 2027
  • participants needed
  • sponsor
    Universita di Verona
Updated on 17 February 2022


This phase II study investigates the efficacy of IORT for patients with borderline resectable pancreatic cancer. The purpose of the study is to investigate whether the addition of IORT, after FOLOFIRINOX-base chemotherapy, and SBRT, increases the 3-year survival rate. A total of 101 patients will be enrolled, and these patients will receive IORT of 10 to 20 Gy, according to the resection status (to the tumor bed after resection, or to the tumor in situ in case of non-resection).


Treatment outcomes of borderline resectable pancreatic cancer are still poor even after completion of FOLFIRINOX-based chemotherapy and radical resection. A growing body of literature is demonstrating that Stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) and Intraoperative radiotherapy (IORT), within a multimodal approach, allow to obtain better oncological outcome, at the price of low to negligible rates of morbidity and mortality. The investigators hypothesize that a "total neoadjuvant" scenario, with the best current therapy, based on up to 6 months of FOLFIRINOX (minimum 4), SBRT and IORT (in situ or after surgery) would increase the disease-specific survival of borderline resectable pancreatic cancer patients. An historical cohort will be used as a comparison group.

Considering the intention-to-treat design and the institutional rates of chemotherapy completion and exploration/resection of borderline resection pancreatic cancer patients, a total of 100 patients will be enrolled in this phase II trial. Patients submitted to IORT, will receive IORT of 10 to 20 Gy according to the resection status (to the tumor bed after resection, or to the tumor in situ in case of non-resection).

Condition Borderline Resectable Pancreatic Cancer
Treatment Intraoperative Radiotherapy
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT04090463
SponsorUniversita di Verona
Last Modified on17 February 2022


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Inclusion Criteria

Biopsy-proven, previously untreated borderline resectable PC, defined according to the NCCN guidelines v1.2019
Age 18-80 years
Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG) performance status 0 or 1
Adequate bone marrow function (absolute neutrophil count 1500 per cubic millimeter; platelet count 100.000 per cubic millimeter; hemoglobin level 10 g per deciliter), liver function (serum total bilirubin level 1.5 times the upper limit of the normal range), and renal function (creatinine clearance 50 ml per minute)
Ability to understand the characteristics of the clinical trial
Written informed consent

Exclusion Criteria

Ampullary, biliary, or duodenal adenocarcinoma; pancreatic adenocarcinoma in the background of an intraductal papillary mucinous neoplasia (IPMN), other uncommon pancreatic adenocarcinomas (acinar-cell, squamous, giant-cell osteoclastic-like)
Invasive cancer in the last 5 years requiring radiation therapy to the upper abdomen or chemotherapy
Symptomatic heart failure or coronary artery disease
Pregnant or lactating women
Impaired mental state or language problems
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