Hepatitis B viral load predicts survival in hepatocellular carcinoma patients treated with sorafenib

Seungtaek Lim, Jungwoo Han, Gun Min Kim, KwangHyub Han, Hye Jin Choi

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Background and Aim: Sorafenib is now considered as a standard treatment for advanced hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). We evaluated the effect of hepatitis B virus (HBV) DNA titers on prognosis in HCC patients treated with sorafenib. Methods: From 2008 to 2012, 78 HBV-related HCC patients who received sorafenib treatment at Severance Hospital were included in our analysis. The effect of pretreatment HBV-DNA levels on clinical outcomes for use in predicting prognosis after treatment with sorafenib was examined by univariate and multivariate analysis. Results: Median overall survival and median progression-free survival were 5.2 months (95% confidence interval: 4.0-6.4) and 3.5 months (95% confidence interval: 2.3-4.7), respectively. Multivariate analysis revealed high levels of HBV-DNA (>2000IU/mL) to be an independent risk factor for worse overall survival (P=0.005; hazard ratio, 2.85) and disease progression among patients who did not receive concomitant prophylactic antiviral therapy during sorafenib treatment (P=0.008; hazard ratio, 87.4). Moreover, viral reactivation occurred more frequently in patients who did not receive concomitant prophylactic antiviral therapy than in those who did (4/38 vs 0/40; P=0.025). Conclusion: Higher HBV-DNA levels prior to sorafenib treatment were associated with poorer prognosis and increased viral reactivation thereafter. These results suggest the potential usefulness of prophylactic antiviral therapy when treating HBV-related HCC patients with sorafenib.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1024-1031
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology (Australia)
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Jun 1


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Hepatology
  • Gastroenterology

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