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What drugs are used for pancreatic cancer chemotherapy?

John A. Chabot
Endocrinology Diabetes & Metabolism

The most commonly used drugs used for treating pancreatic cancer, are gemcitabine (Gemzar®), docetaxel (Taxotere®), cis-platinum (Platinol®), 5-fluorouracil (5-FU), and mitomycin C. These drugs are sometimes used alone or in combination.


Currently, there are clinical trials examining other new drug combinations, as well as targeted therapies that kill only cancer cells and not normal cells, such as erlotinib (Tarceva®), for their effectiveness against pancreatic cancer.

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