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Articles by Ellen van Schaik
Based on 2 articles published since 2010
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Between 2010 and 2020, E. van Schaik wrote the following 2 articles about Pancreatic Neoplasms.
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1 Review New therapeutic options for metastatic malignant insulinomas. 2011

de Herder, Wouter W / van Schaik, Ellen / Kwekkeboom, Dik / Feelders, Richard A. ·Department of Internal Medicine, Sector of Endocrinology, Erasmus MC, Rotterdam, the Netherlands. w.w.deherder@erasmusmc.nl ·Clin Endocrinol (Oxf) · Pubmed #21649688.

ABSTRACT: Insulinomas are the most common, functioning, pancreatic neuroendocrine tumours. The great majority (>90%) of insulinomas are nonmetastatic at presentation and can be surgically cured. The <10% patients with distant (liver-bone) metastases have a median survival of < 2 years. Everolimus and sunitinib have been recently introduced as targeted therapies for metastatic pancreatic neuroendocrine tumours. An additional advantage of everolimus in the treatment of patients with metastatic insulinomas is its capability to increase blood glucose levels. Peptide receptor radiotherapy using radiolabelled somatostatin analogues has also been shown to be successful in controlling tumour growth of metastatic pancreatic neuroendocrine tumours. In patients with metastatic insulinomas, this therapeutic modality was also effective in controlling hypoglycaemia, even in the presence of tumour regrowth. With the introduction of these new therapeutic modalities, the therapeutic arsenal for the 'tailor-made' approach of patients with metastatic insulinomas is further expanded.

2 Article Improved control of severe hypoglycemia in patients with malignant insulinomas by peptide receptor radionuclide therapy. 2011

van Schaik, E / van Vliet, E I / Feelders, R A / Krenning, E P / Khan, S / Kamp, K / Valkema, R / van Nederveen, F H / Teunissen, J J M / Kwekkeboom, D J / de Herder, W W. ·Department of Internal Medicine, Section of Endocrinology, Erasmus Medical Center, 's Gravendijkwal 230, 3015 CE Rotterdam, The Netherlands. ·J Clin Endocrinol Metab · Pubmed #21917872.

ABSTRACT: CONTEXT: Insulinomas are relatively rare neuroendocrine tumors of the pancreas. Only 10% are considered malignant. Control of insulin hypersecretion and hypoglycemia in patients with malignant insulinomas may be extremely difficult. Different medications and chemotherapy schedules have been used. PATIENTS: Five patients with metastatic insulinomas and severe, poorly controllable, hypoglycemia are described. These patients required continuous glucose infusion to control severe hypoglycemia, which were induced by the high levels of insulin secretion. Conventional medications, such as diazoxide, or streptozotocin-based chemotherapies had been used to control hypoglycemia but were ineffective and/or produced adverse effects. All patients were treated with sc octreotide. INTERVENTION: Peptide receptor radionuclide therapy with radiolabeled-somatostatin analogs was used. RESULTS: After the start of radiolabeled somatostatin analog therapy, the five patients with metastatic insulinomas had stable disease for a mean period of 27 months. During these months, the patients were without any hypoglycemic episodes. Finally, three of five patients died because of progressive disease. CONCLUSIONS: Radiolabeled somatostatin analog therapy can stabilize tumor growth and can be very successful in further controlling severe hypoglycemia in malignant insulinomas. In our series, this eventually resulted in improved survival outside the hospital setting.