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A Single-Arm Feasibility Study of Gemcitabine, Cisplatin, and Nab-Paclitaxel as Neoadjuvant Therapy for Resectable Oncologically High-Risk Intrahepatic Cholangiocarcinoma

Cancer Type
Trial Phase
Phase II
19 Years and older, Male and Female
Study Type
Protocol IDs
EU4339-18 (primary)
Study Sponsor
Emory University Hospital / Winship Cancer Institute


This phase II trial studies how well gemcitabine hydrochloride, cisplatin, and nab-paclitaxel work before surgery in treating participants with high-risk bile duct cancer in the liver (intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma). Drugs used in chemotherapy, such as nab-paclitaxel, cisplatin, and gemcitabine hydrochloride, 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 combination chemotherapy before surgery may make the tumor smaller and reduce the amount of normal tissue that needs to be removed.


I. To assess the feasibility of therapeutic approach that includes neoadjuvant chemotherapy including gemcitabine hydrochloride (gemcitabine), cisplatin, and nab-paclitaxel for high-risk but technically resectable intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma and is completed with surgical resection.

I. To assess the radiological response rate to neoadjuvant systemic chemotherapy according to the Response Evaluation Criteria in Solid Tumors (RECIST).
II. To determine the R0 resection rate.
III. To determine patients’ recurrence-free survival (RFS).
IV. To identify patients’ overall survival (OS) rate.

Participants receive nab-paclitaxel intravenously (IV) over 30 minutes, cisplatin IV over 60 minutes, and gemcitabine hydrochloride IV over 30 minutes on days 1 and 8. Treatment repeats every 21 days for up to 4 courses in the absence of disease progression or unacceptable toxicity. Participants with stable disease (SD), partial response (PR), or complete response (CR) then undergo standard of care lymphadenectomy.

After completion of study treatment, participants are followed up every 4 months for 3 years.

Treatment Sites in Georgia

Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital

5665 Peachtree Dunwoody Road NE
Atlanta, GA 30342

Emory University Hospital - Midtown

550 Peachtree Street NE
Atlanta, GA 30308

Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University

1365 Clifton Road NE
Building C
Atlanta, GA 30322

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