Radioembolization with yttrium-90 microspheres for pancreatic cancer liver metastases: Results from a pilot study

Christopher Cao, Tristan D. Yan, David L. Morris, Lourens Bester*

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Background. Patients with livermetastases from pancreatic adenocarcinomas have a dismal prognosis. Surgical resection remains the only curative option but is appropriate for only a minority of patients as a treatment option. This is the first study to examine the safety and efficacy of radioembolization with yttirum-90 microspheres for these patients. Patients and methods. All patients with histologically proven pancreatic carcinoma liver metastases referred to a single institution from 2006-2009 were included in the study. After radioembolization, follow-up abdominal computed tomography scans were performed to assess response according to the Response Criteria in Solid Tumors guidelines. Results. Seven patients were identified fromour prospectively collected data base. Of the five patients with available computed tomography follow-up, 2 patients achieved a partial response and 1 patient had stable disease. One patient with partial response survived for nearly 15 months after radioembolization therapy. No patient experienced major post-radioembolization complications. Conclusions. Radioembolization with yttrium-90 microspheres may have a useful role in treating patients with pancreatic carcinoma liver metastases in a multimodality setting. Results of the current study warrant further investigation of this novel treatment. Free full text available at

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)955-958
Number of pages4
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2010
Externally publishedYes


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