Multimodality treatment with radiotherapy for huge hepatocellular carcinoma

Hee Ji Han, Mi Sun Kim, Jihye Cha, Jin Sub Choi, Kwang Hyub Han, Jinsil Seong

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Background: For huge hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), therapeutic decisions have varied from local therapy to systemic therapy, with radiotherapy (RT) playing only a palliative role. In this study, we investigated whether multimodality treatment involving RT could be effective in huge HCC. Results: This study was performed in 116 patients with HCC >10 cm. The number of patients in stage II, III and IV was 12, 54 and 50, respectively. RT was given as a combined modality in most patients. The median dose was 45 Gy, with 1.8 Gy per fraction. The median overall survival (OS) and progression-free survival (PFS) were 14.8 and 6.5 months, respectively. The median infield PFS was not reached. Infield failure, outfield intrahepatic and extrahepatic failure were observed in 8.6, 18.1, and 12.1% of patients, respectively. For OS and PFS, number of tumors, initial alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) level, treatment response, percent AFP decrement, and hepatic resection were significant prognostic factors. Tumor characteristics and treatment response were significantly different between long-term survivors and the other patients. Conclusion: Although huge HCC presents an aggressive clinical course, multimodality approaches involving RT can offer an opportunity for prolonged survival.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)82-89
Number of pages8
JournalOncology (Switzerland)
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Apr 20

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© 2014 S. Karger AG, Basel.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research


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