Adjuvant Capecitabine/Gemcitabine for EHCC and GBCA

Melanie B. Thomas, MD, discusses the rationale of a phase II study of adjuvant capecitabine/gemcitabine for extrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma and gallbladder carcinoma.

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Melanie B. Thomas, MD, medical oncologist, associate director for clinical trials, Hollings Cancer Center, Medical University of South Carolina, discusses the rationale of a phase II study of adjuvant capecitabine/gemcitabine for extrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma and gallbladder carcinoma.

  • Though surgery is the only curative option for patients with extrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma (EHCC) and gallbladder carcinomas (GBCA), there is still a high risk of the cancer returning.
  • There remains a need for an option for these patients after surgery.
  • This trial established the feasibility of adjuvant treatment in EHCC and GBCA.

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