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Efficacy of oral administered superfine dispersed lentinan for advanced pancreatic cancer.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  19453066     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Recently, complementary alternative medicine is actively performed for cancer therapy. Superfine dispersed lentinan (beta-1,3-glucan)--an oral effective form--was recently developed and available. We investigated the effectiveness of superfine dispersed lentinan in advanced pancreatic cancer patients in a multi-center study. METHODOLOGY: Twenty-nine patients with unresectable and recurrent pancreatic cancer were enrolled, and adverse events and quality of life scores were assessed. Survival times were evaluated according to results of a 3-year follow-up survey. RESULTS: Although a diarrhea of grade-1 adverse event dependent on the test article (3.4%) was observed, the symptom was remitted without any treatment. This indicates that test article was free of anything harmful. Median survival time was 12.1 months (95% confidence interval: 7.3-25.7 months) in 25 eligible patients. Five (20%) out of 25 patients were alive for 3 years. There was a significant correlation between the quality of life scores after the superfine dispersed lentinan treatment and survival times. CONCLUSIONS: A superfine dispersed lentinan is deemed safe and effective for advanced pancreatic patients' survival and improvement of quality of life. And the assessment of quality of life status after the administration of superfine dispersed lentinan is a promising prognostic predictor.
Kyoko Shimizu; Shinya Watanabe; Seiji Watanabe; Kenji Matsuda; Tetsuya Suga; Saburo Nakazawa; Keiko Shiratori
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Clinical Trial; Journal Article; Multicenter Study; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Hepato-gastroenterology     Volume:  56     ISSN:  0172-6390     ISO Abbreviation:  Hepatogastroenterology     Publication Date:    2009 Jan-Feb
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-05-20     Completed Date:  2009-06-25     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8007849     Medline TA:  Hepatogastroenterology     Country:  Greece    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  240-4     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Gastroenterology, Tokyo Women's Medical University, Tokyo, Japan.
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MeSH Terms
Administration, Oral
Antineoplastic Agents / administration & dosage,  therapeutic use*
Lentinan / administration & dosage,  therapeutic use*
Middle Aged
Pancreatic Neoplasms / drug therapy*
Quality of Life
Survival Rate
Treatment Outcome
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Antineoplastic Agents; 37339-90-5/Lentinan

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