Recent clinical applications of external beam radiotherapy for hepatocellular carcinoma according to guidelines, major trials and meta-analyses

Chai Hong Rim, Hyung Joon Yim, Sunmin Park, Jinsil Seong

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External beam radiotherapy (EBRT) for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) has not been widely used due to lack of high-level evidence, despite its potent local therapeutic effect. While clinical evidence has accumulated and meta-analyses of observational studies have provided integrated information to help in clinical decision-making, a recent randomized trial demonstrated the benefit of EBRT in cases of HCC with major vessel invasion. Based on these trends, the efficacy of EBRT has been better recognized, and EBRT has been more frequently recommended in several international treatment guidelines newly updated in 2018. This review examined the key issues of EBRT in the guidelines updated in 2018 as well as recently published noteworthy randomized trials and meta-analyses. Ongoing trials to identify the trends and direction of future research on EBRT for HCC were also reviewed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)812-821
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Medical Imaging and Radiation Oncology
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Dec 1


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Oncology
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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