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The aim was to evaluate the efficacy of gemcitabine combined with a platinum agent compared to single-agent gemcitabine in a pooled analysis of two randomized trials.The French Multidisciplinary Clinical Research Group (GERCOR)/Italian Group for the Study of Gastrointestinal Tract Cancer (GISCAD) intergroup study comparing gemcitabine plus oxaliplatin to gemcitabine and a German multicenter trial comparing gemcitabine plus cisplatin versus gemcitabine were included in a pooled analysis based on individual patient data.Among 503 evaluable patients, 252 received gemcitabine plus a platinum analog (GP), while 251 patients were treated with gemcitabine alone. For progression-free survival (PFS), the pooled univariate analysis indicated a hazard ratio (HR) of 0.75 (P=0.0030) in favour of the GP combination. The benefit from the GP combination was greatest in the subgroup of patients with performance status (PS)=0 (HR=0.64; P=0.013). Also overall survival was significantly superior in patients receiving the GP combination (HR=0.81; P=0.031). Again, patients with PS=0 appeared to have a greater benefit from treatment intensification (HR=0.72; P=0.063).The pooled analysis of the GERCOR/GISCAD intergroup study and the German multicenter study indicates that the combination of gemcitabine with a platinum analog such as oxaliplatin or cisplatin significantly improves progression-free survival and overall survival as compared to single-agent gemcitabine in advanced pancreatic cancer. The benefit seems to prevail in patients with a good performance status.