Vol 16, No 2 (2020)
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Long-term complete remission of pancreatic cancer after first-line chemotherapy with gemcitabine and nab-paclitaxel in a patient with depressive disorder

Ewa Anna Kosakowska1, Anna Cencelewicz-Lesikow1, Jakub Pałucki2, Michał Kunkiel3, Agnieszka Jagiełło-Gruszfeld3
Oncol Clin Pract 2020;16(2):83-86.


The article presents the case of a 64-year-old pancreatic cancer patient with complete remission of hepatic metastases after first-line chemotherapy with gemcitabine and nab-paclitaxel. Partial regression of metastatic tumours in the liver was achieved after three months of therapy, and after three more months complete remission was achieved. Grade 4 neutropaenia was reported once during the treatment. The patient was temporarily reluctant to start treatment. Better cooperation was achieved after using psychotherapy. The following case confirms the impact of the patient’s mental condition on the treatmentinitiation. The possibility of obtaining long-term complete remission in advanced pancreatic cancer — a disease with poor prognosis — following the use of gemcitabine and nab-paclitaxel-containing chemotherapy is documented.

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