Ablative techniques have emerged as new potential therapeutic options for patients with locally advanced pancreatic cancer (LAPC). We explored the safety and feasibility of using TRANBERG|Thermal Therapy System (Clinical Laserthermia Systems AB, Lund, Sweden) in feedback mode for immunostimulating Interstitial Laser Thermotherapy (imILT) protocol, the newest ablative technique introduced for the treatment of LAPC.
The safety and feasibility results after the use of imILT protocol treatment in 15 patients of a prospective series of postsystemic therapy LAPC in two high-volume European institutions, the General and Pancreatic Unit of the Pancreas Institute, of the University of Verona, Italy, and the Department of Surgical Oncology of the Institut Paoli-Calmettes of Marseille, France, were assessed.
The mean age was 66 ± 5 years, with a mean tumor size of 34.6 (±8) mm. The median number of cycles of pre-imILT chemotherapy was 6 (6-12). The procedure was performed in 13 of 15 (86.6%) cases; indeed, in two cases, the procedure was not performed; in one, the procedure was considered technically demanding; in the other, liver metastases were found intraoperatively. In all treated cases, the procedure was completed. Three late pancreatic fistulas developed over four overall adverse events (26.6%) and were attributed to imILT. Mortality was nil. A learning curve is necessary to interpret and manage the laser parameters.
Safety, feasibility, and device handling outcomes of using TRANBERG|Thermal Therapy System with temperature probes in feedback mode and imILT protocol on LAPC were not satisfactory. The metastatic setting may be appropriate to evaluate the hypothetic abscopal effect.#NCT02702986 and #NCT02973217.

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