Gemcitabine-based adjuvant chemotherapy in subtypes of ampullary adenocarcinoma: international propensity score-matched cohort study

A. L. Moekotte, G. Malleo, S. van Roessel, M. Bonds, A. Halimi, L. Zarantonello, N. Napoli, S. B. Dreyer, U. F. Wellner, L. Bolm, V. K. Mavroeidis, S. Robinson, K. Khalil, D. Ferraro, M. C. Mortimer, S. Harris, B. Al-Sarireh, G. K. Fusai, K. J. Roberts, M. FontanaS. A. White, Z. Soonawalla, N. B. Jamieson, U. Boggi, A. Alseidi, A. Shablak, J. W. Wilmink, J. N. Primrose, R. Salvia, C. Bassi, M. G. Besselink, M. Abu Hilal*

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Background: Whether patients who undergo resection of ampullary adenocarcinoma have a survival benefit from adjuvant chemotherapy is currently unknown. The aim of this study was to compare survival between patients with and without adjuvant chemotherapy after resection of ampullary adenocarcinoma in a propensity score-matched analysis. Methods: An international multicentre cohort study was conducted, including patients who underwent pancreatoduodenectomy for ampullary adenocarcinoma between 2006 and 2017, in 13 centres in six countries. Propensity scores were used to match patients who received adjuvant chemotherapy with those who did not, in the entire cohort and in two subgroups (pancreatobiliary/mixed and intestinal subtypes). Survival was assessed using the Kaplan–Meier method and Cox regression analyses. Results: Overall, 1163 patients underwent pancreatoduodenectomy for ampullary adenocarcinoma. After excluding 187 patients, median survival in the remaining 976 patients was 67 (95 per cent c.i. 56 to 78) months. A total of 520 patients (53·3 per cent) received adjuvant chemotherapy. In a propensity score-matched cohort (194 patients in each group), survival was better among patients who received adjuvant chemotherapy than in those who did not (median survival not reached versus 60 months respectively; P = 0·051). A survival benefit was seen in patients with the pancreatobiliary/mixed subtype; median survival was not reached in patients receiving adjuvant chemotherapy and 32 months in the group without chemotherapy (P = 0·020). Patients with the intestinal subtype did not show any survival benefit from adjuvant chemotherapy. Conclusion: Patients with resected ampullary adenocarcinoma may benefit from gemcitabine-based adjuvant chemotherapy, but this effect may be reserved for those with the pancreatobiliary and/or mixed subtype.

Original languageEnglish
JournalBritish Journal of Surgery
Issue number9
Pages (from-to)1171-1182
Number of pages12
Publication statusPublished - 01.08.2020

Research Areas and Centers

  • Research Area: Luebeck Integrated Oncology Network (LION)


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