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Local tumor progression following lipiodol-based targeted chemoembolization of hepatocellular carcinoma: a retrospective comparison of miriplatin and epirubicin

Authors Iwazawa J, Ohue S, Hashimoto N, Mitani T

Received 31 January 2012

Accepted for publication 12 March 2012

Published 19 April 2012 Volume 2012:4 Pages 113—119

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/CMAR.S30431

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Jin Iwazawa1, Shoichi Ohue2, Naoko Hashimoto1, Takashi Mitani1
1Department of Radiology, Nissay Hospital, Nishiku, Osaka, 2Department of Radiology, Komatsu Hospital, Neyagawa, Japan

Purpose: We aimed to compare the local control rates between miriplatin and epirubicin in lipiodol-based transarterial chemoembolization (TACE) for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC).
Patients and methods: Patients who underwent targeted TACE using miriplatin (47 patients, 66 lesions) or epirubicin (64 patients, 79 lesions) as the sole therapy were enrolled. The local control rates were compared using the Kaplan–Meier estimator with the log-rank test. The patient and tumor parameters were subjected to univariate and multivariate analyses using the Cox proportional hazards model.
Results: The overall local recurrence rates were 39.3% and 31.6% for the miriplatin and epirubicin groups, respectively. The local control rate was significantly higher in the epirubicin group than in the miriplatin group (P < 0.001). The local control rates at 6 months and 1 year were 70.7% and 44.8% for the miriplatin group and 83.4% and 69.2% for the epirubicin group, respectively. Multivariate analysis showed that the serum a-fetoprotein level ≥20 ng/mL (hazard ratio 2.96; P < 0.001), miriplatin usage (hazard ratio 2.53; P = 0.002), and Child-Pugh class B (hazard ratio 1.89; P = 0.042) affected local progression.
Conclusion: Lipiodol-based targeted TACE using miriplatin had inferior local control rates as compared to epirubicin in patients with HCC.

Keywords: chemoembolization, miriplatin, epirubicin, liver, neoplasms

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