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Transarterial chemoembolization combined with sorafenib for the treatment of hepatocellular carcinoma with hepatic vein tumor thrombus

Authors Zhang Y, Wei W, Wang J, Xu L, Jian P, Xiao C, Zhong X, Shi M, Guo R

Received 18 February 2016

Accepted for publication 29 April 2016

Published 12 July 2016 Volume 2016:9 Pages 4239—4246


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Editor who approved publication: Professor Min Li

Yong-Fa Zhang,1–3,* Wei Wei,1–3,* Jia-Hong Wang,1–3,* Li Xu,1–3 Pei-En Jian,1–3 Cheng-Zuo Xiao,4 Xiao-Ping Zhong,1–3 Ming Shi,1–3 Rong-Ping Guo1–3

1Department of Hepatobiliary Oncology, Sun Yat-sen University Cancer Center, 2State Key Laboratory of Oncology in South China, 3Collaborative Innovation Center for Cancer Medicine, Guangzhou, 4Department of General Surgery, Shenzhen Shajing Affiliated Hospital of Guangzhou Medical University, Shenzhen, People’s Republic of China

*These authors contributed equally to this work

Objective: To compare the treatment outcomes of sorafenib plus transarterial chemoembolization (TACE) vs TACE alone in patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) and hepatic vein tumor thrombus (HVTT).
Methods: Twenty patients who were initially diagnosed with HCC and HVTT and received TACE combined with sorafenib during February 2009 to October 2013 were included in the study. To minimize selection bias, these patients were compared with 60 case-matched controls selected from a pool of 81 patients (in a 1:3 ratio) who received TACE alone during the same period. The primary end point was overall survival (OS). The secondary end points were time to progression, disease control rate, and adverse events.
Results: After a median follow-up period of 12.5 months (range, 1.03–44.23 months), the OS of the combined group was found to be significantly higher compared with the monotherapy group (14.9 vs 6.1 months, P=0.010). The time to progression was found to be significantly longer in the combined group (4.9 vs 2.4 months, P=0.016). Univariate and multivariate analyses revealed that the treatment allocation was an independent predictor of OS.
Conclusion: Sorafenib plus TACE was well tolerated and was more effective in treating patients with advanced HCC and HVTT. Future trials with prospective larger samples are required to validate these results.

Keywords: hepatocellular carcinoma, hepatic vein tumor thrombus, prognosis, adverse events

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