5-FU + RT

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Adjuvant chemoradiation

  • 5-FU 500 mg/m2/d iv bolus d1-3 repeat once after 2 wks
  • Concurrent radiotherapy 2 Gy/d to 20 Gy repeat once after 2 wks


Neoptolemos, JP et al. A randomized trial of chemoradiotherapy and chemotherapy after resection of pancreatic cancer. N Engl J Med 2004; 350:1200

Chemoradiation for locally advanced unresectable cancer

  • 5-FU 500 mg/m2/d iv bolus d1-3 and 29-31
  • Concurrent radiotherapy to 40 Gy
  • Beginning on day 71, 5-FU 500 mg/m2 iv bolus qw till disease progression


Moertel, CG et al: Therapy of locally unresectable pancreatic carcinoma: a randomized comparison of high dose (6000 rads) radiation alone, moderate dose radiation (4000 rads + 5-fluorouracil), and high dose radiation + 5-fluorouracil: The Gastrointestinal Tumor Study Group. Cancer 1981; 48:1705