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Title: Increased pancreatic cancer risk following radiotherapy for testicular cancer.
Authors: Hauptmann M,  Børge Johannesen T,  Gilbert ES,  Stovall M,  van Leeuwen FE,  Rajaraman P,  Smith SA,  Weathers RE,  Aleman BM,  Andersson M,  Curtis RE,  Dores GM,  Fraumeni JF Jr,  Hall P,  Holowaty EJ,  Joensuu H,  Kaijser M,  Kleinerman RA,  Langmark F,  Lynch CF,  Pukkala E,  Storm HH,  Vaalavirta L,  van den Belt-Dusebout AW,  Morton LM,  Fossa SD,  Travis LB
Journal: Br J Cancer
Date: 2016 Sep 27
Branches: BB, OD, REB
PubMed ID: 27599043
PMC ID: PMC5046216
Abstract: BACKGROUND: Pancreatic cancer risk is elevated among testicular cancer (TC) survivors. However, the roles of specific treatments are unclear. METHODS: Among 23 982 5-year TC survivors diagnosed during 1947-1991, doses from radiotherapy to the pancreas were estimated for 80 pancreatic cancer patients and 145 matched controls. Chemotherapy details were recorded. Logistic regression was used to estimate odds ratios (ORs). RESULTS: Cumulative incidence of second primary pancreatic cancer was 1.1% at 30 years after TC diagnosis. Radiotherapy (72 (90%) cases and 115 (80%) controls) was associated with a 2.9-fold (95% confidence interval (CI) 1.0-7.8) increased risk. The OR increased linearly by 0.12 per Gy to the pancreas (P-trend<0.001), with an OR of 4.6 (95% CI 1.9-11.0) for ⩾25 Gy vs <25 Gy. Radiation-related risks remained elevated ⩾20 years after TC diagnosis (P=0.020). The risk increased with the number of cycles of chemotherapy with alkylating or platinum agents (P=0.057), although only one case was exposed to platinum. CONCLUSIONS: A dose-response relationship exists between radiation to the pancreas and subsequent cancer risk, and persists for over 20 years. These excesses, although small, should be considered when radiotherapy with exposure to the pancreas is considered for newly diagnosed patients. Additional data are needed on the role of chemotherapy.