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Hepatocellular Carcinoma Can Be Tackled With Intra-Arterial Based Chemotherapy

by Medindia Content Team on October 22, 2007 at 4:45 PM
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Hepatocellular Carcinoma Can Be Tackled With Intra-Arterial Based Chemotherapy

The prognosis of patients with hepatocellular carcinoma accompanied by portal vein tumor thrombus is generally poor. Ten such patients treated by intra-arterial infusion of etoposide, carboplatin, epirubicin and pharmacokinetic modulating chemotherapy by 5-FU and tegafur/uracil are survival for 457.2 days, a one year survival rate was 70 percent. This combination chemotherapy may induce long-term survival and is an effective treatment in patients for HCC with PVTT.

A total of 10 consecutive patients with Stage IVA HCC accompanied by PVTT were studied prospectively to examine the efficacy of treatment by intra-arterial infusion of a chemotherapeutic agents consisting of etoposide, carboplatin, epirubicin and pharmacokinetic modulating chemotherapy by 5-FU and enteric-coated tegafur/uracil by Ishikawa, et al.

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The median survival time after the therapy was 457.2 days; the 1-year survival rate was 70 %. Adverse reactions were tolerable.

Although the prognosis of most patients with HCC by PVTT is poor, our combination chemotherapy may induce long-term survival and is an effective treatment and produced anti-tumor activity with tolerable adverse effects in patients for advanced HCC accompanied by PVTT.

Intra-arterial combination chemotherapy is useful and inducing long-term survival for advanced HCC accompanied by PVTT. Further prospective randomized clinical trials of chemotherapy for HCC with PVTT are needed.

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