BACKGROUND/AIMS: Advanced hepatocellular carcinoma with portal vein thrombosis has a poor prognosis. This study was undertaken to evaluate the therapeutic effects of concurrent chemo-radiation therapy in advanced hepatocellular carcinoma with portal vein thrombosis. METHODS: A total of 54 patients with advanced hepatocellular carcinoma (TNM stage IVa) were enrolled. Nineteen patients were treated with external beam radiotherapy (4,500 cGy/ 5 weeks) and intrahepatic arterial 5-FU infusion (500 mg on 1-5 day and 30-35 day, respectively) via implanted chemoport. The others were treated with intrahepatic arterial cisplatin infusion (80 mg/m(2)). RESULTS: In patients treated with concurrent chemo-radiation therapy, response rates at 2nd and 6th months were 42.1% and 26.3%, respectively. In patients treated with intrahepatic arterial cisplatin therapy, response rates at 2nd and 6th months were 2.9% and 0%, respectively. The median survival time was 11.6 months in concurrent chemo-radiation therapy and 4.8 months in intrahepatic arterial cisplatin infusion therapy. Concurrent chemo-radiation therapy produced better response rates and longer survival time than those of intrahepatic arterial cisplatin infusion therapy (p<0.05). CONCLUSIONS: Concurrent chemo-radiation therapy achieved favorable results in advanced hepatocellular carcinoma with portal vein thrombosis and can be considered as a treatment option for the management of advanced hepatocellular carcinoma.
|Number of pages||9|
|Journal||Taehan Kan Hakhoe chi = The Korean journal of hepatology|
|Publication status||Published - 2002 Mar|
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