Article Abstract

A patient with cholangiocarcinoma demonstrating pathologic complete response to chemotherapy: exploring the role of neoadjuvant therapy in biliary tract cancer

Authors: Evan J. Walker, Jeffry P. Simko, Eric K. Nakakura, Andrew H. Ko


The role of neoadjuvant chemotherapy and/or radiation for localized or potentially resectable cholangiocarcinoma (CCA) has not been well established. We present here the case of a patient with an extrahepatic CCA who achieved a pathologic complete response after undergoing preoperative gemcitabinebased chemotherapy, without sequential or concurrent use of radiation. Further evaluation of neoadjuvant strategies in CCA, including not only combined-modality therapy but also the use of chemotherapy exclusively, is warranted in prospective study design.