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Where does chemotherapy stands in the treatment of ampullary carcinoma? A review of literature.


ABSTRACT: Ampullary carcinoma (AC) is a rare gastrointestinal tumor without clear treatment recommendations. The management of this tumor is usually extrapolated from the treatment of pancreatic, biliary duct and intestinal cancers. Few papers have studied the AC as an independent entity and yet succombs to several limitations. These studies were retrospective single institutional experiences with limited sample sizes recruited over a long period of time. Unlike metastatic ACs where chemotherapy is the only recommended option, localized AC once excised may be approached by either chemotherapy alone or concomitant chemoradiation therapy. In this review, we report the overall survival and recurrence factors of more than 1000 patients from all the studies treating exclusively ACs. We also review the medical treatment of this tumor and conclude to the necessity of multi-institutional randomized controlled studies for AC exclusively.

SUBMITTER: Ghosn M 

PROVIDER: S-EPMC5064052 | BioStudies | 2016-01-01

SECONDARY ACCESSION(S): NCT00832637

REPOSITORIES: biostudies

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