Emerging therapeutic potential of nanoparticles in pancreatic cancer: a systematic review of clinical trials

Au, Minnie, Emeto, Theophilus I., Power, Jacinta, Vangaveti, Venkat N., and Lai, Hock C. (2016) Emerging therapeutic potential of nanoparticles in pancreatic cancer: a systematic review of clinical trials. Biomedicines, 4 (3). 20. pp. 1-20.

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Pancreatic cancer is an aggressive disease with a five year survival rate of less than 5%, which is associated with late presentation. In recent years, research into nanomedicine and the use of nanoparticles as therapeutic agents for cancers has increased. This article describes the latest developments in the use of nanoparticles, and evaluates the risks and benefits of nanoparticles as an emerging therapy for pancreatic cancer. The Preferred Reporting Items of Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses checklist was used. Studies were extracted by searching the Embase, MEDLINE, SCOPUS, Web of Science, and Cochrane Library databases from inception to 18 March 2016 with no language restrictions. Clinical trials involving the use of nanoparticles as a therapeutic or prognostic option in patients with pancreatic cancer were considered. Selected studies were evaluated using the Jadad score for randomised control trials and the Therapy CA Worksheet for intervention studies. Of the 210 articles found, 10 clinical trials including one randomised control trial and nine phase I/II clinical trials met the inclusion criteria and were analysed. These studies demonstrated that nanoparticles can be used in conjunction with chemotherapeutic agents increasing their efficacy whilst reducing their toxicity. Increased efficacy of treatment with nanoparticles may improve the clinical outcomes and quality of life in patients with pancreatic cancer, although the long-term side effects are yet to be defined. The study registration number is CRD42015020009.

Item ID: 45257
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2227-9059
Keywords: pancreatic cancer; nanoparticles; clinical trials; cancer therapy
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Date Deposited: 07 Oct 2016 05:16
FoR Codes: 32 BIOMEDICAL AND CLINICAL SCIENCES > 3211 Oncology and carcinogenesis > 321104 Cancer therapy (excl. chemotherapy and radiation therapy) @ 60%
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