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Perioperative Therapy Preoperative Chemotherapy Versus Chemoradiotherapy in Locally Advanced Gall Bladder Cancers


About the study

Locally advanced Gall bladders cancers not amenable for curative resection are often treated with chemotherapy alone which is the current standard of care. Randomized trials have shown survival benefit with combination chemotherapy in gallbladder cancers. Gallbladder cancer is not common western world and thus there is lack of evidence regarding the impact of neoadjuvant or concurrent chemo-radiation in this cancer.Use of neoadjuvant treatment with chemotherapy alone or chemoradiotherapy has shown to downsize these tumors to safely undergo R0 resection in few published studies. Also if the patients develop distant metastasis during this neoadjuvant therapy they can be spared of unnecessary surgery. In a pilot study of 28 patients by Engineer et al conducted at Tata Memorial centre treated with neoadjuvant concurrent chemoradiation the investigators could achieve R0 resectability rate 0f 47% with a median overall survival (OAS) and progression free survival (PFS) of 35 and 20 months for the patients undergoing R0 resection. In this study the investigators intend to compare the effects of using neoadjuvant chemotherapy alone vs. neoadjuvant chemoradiation and chemotherapy for locally advanced gall bladder cancers in terms of down staging and overall survival.

Who can take part

You may be eligible to participate in the study if you meet the following criteria:


Inclusion Criteria:

Locally advanced T3 or T4 tumors with one or more of the following:

-> 2 cm but < 5 cm liver invasion

  1. Radiological involvement of antropyloric region of stomach, duodenum, hepatic flexure of colon or small intestine, but without infiltration of the mucosa on endoscopy.
  2. Type I/II invasion -Involvement of bile duct (common hepatic duct or proximal 1/3 of the common bile duct) causing obstructive jaundice
  3. Radiological suspicion of lymph node involvement N1 {stations 8, 12, 13) Hepatic artery (Station 8), hepatoduodenal ligament (Station 12), retropancreatic/retroduodenal (Station 13) i.e. size>1cm in short axis, round in shape, and heterogenous enhancement on PET scan.
  4. Vascular involvement : impingement/ involvement (<180 degree angle) of one or more of the following blood vessels common hepatic artery/ right hepatic artery/main portal vein/right portal vein (stage III disease)
  5. Patient who have undergone prior cholecystectomy having residual disease with at least one of the above features.
  6. Biopsy/ cytology proven adenocarcinoma
  7. More than 18 years of age
  8. Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG) performance status of 0, 1, or 2 Normal hematological and renal and hepatic functions (serum bilirubin < 3mg/dl)


Exclusion Criteria:

  1. Resectable disease
  2. Evidence of distant metastasis (Liver, Lung, peritoneum, port site etc)
  3. Involving major part of the liver precluding restriction of full RT doses
  4. Received any prior radiation or chemotherapy.

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How to Apply

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Study’s details


Gall Bladder Cancers

Age (in years)

19 - 80


Phase 2/Phase 3

Participants needed


Est. Completion Date

Sep 10, 2027

Treatment type



Tata Memorial Hospital identifier


Study number


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