Publication Abstract

Authors: Oberstein PE, Hershman DL, Khanna LG, Chabot JA, Insel BJ, Neugut AI

Title: Uptake and patterns of use of gemcitabine for metastatic pancreatic cancer: a population-based study.

Journal: Cancer Invest 31(5):316-22

Date: 2013 Jun

Abstract: Gemcitabine was approved for advanced pancreatic cancer in 1996. We investigated uptake and predictors of its use. We identified 3,231 individuals > 65 years in the SEER-Medicare database with stage IV pancreatic adenocarcinoma, diagnosed between 1998-2005, who survived > 30 days. Of these, 54% received chemotherapy, 93% with gemcitabine. Gemcitabine nonreceipt was associated with advanced age and unmarried (OR: 0.65, 95% CI: 0.55-0.76). Diagnosis in 2004-2005 versus 1998-2000 was more likely to receive gemcitabine (OR: 1.51, 95% CI: 1.23-1.84) as were higher SES patients (highest versus lowest quintile, OR: 2.14, 95% CI: 1.60-2.85). Gemcitabine was rapidly adopted among elderly advanced pancreatic cancer patients; several factors are associated with use.