Oral Chemotherapy Extends Survival by More Than a Year in Biliary Tract Cancer

ASCO Perspective
“This study helps resolve long-standing questions about adjuvant treatment for biliary tract cancer, for which there has been no standard of care,” said ASCO President Daniel F. Hayes, MD, FACP, FASCO. “This oral chemotherapy is widely available and can offer patients the chance to live more than a year longer.”

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – A phase III randomized clinical trial of 447 patients with biliary tract cancers (BTCs, cancers of the bile duct and gallbladder) showed that giving capecitabine after surgery extends survival by a median of 15 months compared to surgery alone. The finding could provide the basis for a new standard of care in the disease.

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