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2046 - NAB-PACLITAXEL as third-line therapy after failure of gemcitabine and 5-FU based combinations in advanced gall bladder cancer patients


08 Oct 2016


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Sajjan Singh Manana


Annals of Oncology (2016) 27 (6): 207-242. 10.1093/annonc/mdw371


S. Singh Manana, V. Goel, V. Talwar, S. Raina

Author affiliations

  • Medical Oncology, Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Institute & Research Center, 110085 - New Delhi/IN


Abstract 2046


There is no standard third-line chemotherapy after progression on two-lines of therapy including gemcitabine/platinum and FOLFOX-4 based chemotherapy regimens in metastatic gall bladder cancer patients. So this study was undertaken to assess the efficacy and safety of single agent nab-paclitaxel in this setting.


The was a single arm prospective study, patients with performance status ≤2, who progressed on two-lines of therapy, were enrolled from May 2012 to December 2015. Single agent nab-paclitaxel (dose 125mg/m2) was administered on Day 1, 8 and 15 in a cycle of 28 days and i.e. until progression or unacceptable toxicity. Response evaluation was done after 2 cycles of chemotherapy.


A total of 24 patients were enrolled in this study. The median age of patients was 60 years (31–71 years), of which 10 (41.66%) were males and 14 (58.33%) were females. The median number of cycles could be given were 3.07 (0.5 – 9.6). 13 patients (54.16%) could be given more than 3 cycles of chemotherapy and only 3 patients (12.5%) in this study received more than 6 cycles of chemotherapy. Disease control rate was seen in 16 (66.66%) patients, with complete response in none, partial response in 9 (37.5%), stable disease in 7 (29.16%) and progressive disease in 8 (33.33%) patients. The median progression free survival was 2.86 months (95% CI: 2.31-3.41); The main Grade 3/4 side effects seen were hematological in 33.33% (n = 8). 7 patients (29.16%) had Grade 1/2 peripheral neuropathy.


Nab-paclitaxel is an effective and well-tolerated agent as a third-line option in metastatic gall bladder cancer patients. Further studies are required, especially in the Indian subcontinent.

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Legal entity responsible for the study

Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Institute


Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Institute


All authors have declared no conflicts of interest.

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