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