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The present study was conducted to evaluate activity and toxicity of the FLEC (folinic acid 100 mg/m2; 5-fluorouracil 1000 mg/m2; carboplatin 300 mg/m2; epirubicin 60 mg/m2) schedule as second-line treatment for progressive locally advanced or metastatic pancreatic cancer (LAMPC). FLEC was administered every 3 weeks with an angiographic catheter introduced into the tumor vascular bed. Thirty-two patients were enrolled. Twenty patients had a PS of 2. Twenty-five patients had metastatic disease to liver. Seven (21.9%) partial responses were observed (WHO criteria). Fifteen patients (46.9%) had stable disease and ten patients (31.2%) had progressive disease. The median OS from the diagnosis was 11.8 months. PS (p=0.0308) and pain (WHO scale, p=0.0222; analogic scale, p=0.0446) significantly improved after therapy. No patient discontinued treatment because of toxicity (NCI-CTC criteria). The current study shows that intraarterial chemotherapy is a good therapeutic option in second-line treatment of LAMPC.