Lay Description

This randomized phase II trial studies how well fluorouracil, irinotecan hydrochloride, and oxaliplatin (combination chemotherapy) works and compares to gemcitabine hydrochloride and paclitaxel albumin-stabilized nanoparticle formulation before surgery in treating patients with pancreatic cancer that can be removed by surgery. Drugs used in chemotherapy, such as fluorouracil, irinotecan hydrochloride, oxaliplatin, gemcitabine hydrochloride, and paclitaxel albumin-stabilized nanoparticle formulation, work in different ways to stop the growth of tumor cells, either by killing the cells, by stopping them from dividing, or by stopping them from spreading. Giving more than one drug (combination chemotherapy) may kill more tumor cells. It is not yet known whether combination chemotherapy is more effective than gemcitabine hydrochloride and paclitaxel albumin-stabilized nanoparticle formulation before surgery in treating pancreatic cancer.


  • Cancers and Other Neoplasms
  • Mens Health
  • Prostate
IRB Number
NCT Number
Open to Enrollment


Eligible Ages
Between 18 Years and 75 Years
Eligible Genders
Accepts Healthy Volunteers

Inclusion Criteria


  • Localized prostate cancer meeting the NCCN criteria of Intermediate Risk or patients having only one NCCN high-risk feature

    • NCCN Intermediate Risk is defined as having at least one of the following: PSA 10-20 ng/ml, Gleason score =7, T2b-T2c
    • High Risk with a single high risk feature is defined as having only one of the following: PSA>20 ng/ml, Gleason score 8-10, or T3a
    • Excluded are those in the following risk groups: Low risk; High risk with more than 1 high risk factor; Locally advanced/very high risk=T3b-T4; Metastatic: N1 or M1
  • Planning to undergo standard prostate-only external beam radiation therapy
  • ECOG Performance Status 0-2

Exclusion Criteria


  • Liver disease, including known cirrhosis or active hepatitis
  • Patients on systemic corticosteroids (>10mg prednisone per day) or other immunosuppressive drugs
  • Known HIV+ patients
  • Regional lymph node involvement or distant metastases
  • Patients planning to receive whole pelvic irradiation
  • Prior treatment for prostate cancer, except TURP or ADT. For ADT, it may only be given for a maximum of 6 months
  • Patients who had or plan to have orchiectomy as the form of hormonal ablation
  • Known sensitivity or allergic reactions to acyclovir or valacyclovir

Study Design

Arm Groups

Study Contact

Regulatory Point of Contact
Alexander Aguilera

Regulatory Point of Contact
Kathleen Franklin
+1 (210) 617-5300

Regulatory Point of Contact
Jennifer Whitehead
(210) 986-1295

Regulatory Point of Contact
Lauri Kelly

Regulatory Point of Contact
Michael Liss

Local Recruitment Point of Contact
Alexander Aguilera

Principal Investigator
Michael Liss