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Radioembolization improves chance of survival for liver cancer patients
Date:8/22/2011

with approximately 45% of patients having whole liver and 39% having right-lobe infusions.

Of the HCC patients included in the analysis, 83% were Child-Pugh class A, 79% had underlying cirrhosis, and 88% had a good Eastern Oncology Group (ECOG) performance status. To measure the extent of HCC and liver function, researchers used the Barcelona Clinic Liver Cancer (BCLC) staging system; more than half of the patients were classified as advanced (BCLC C) and a quarter were intermediate (BCLC B) stage.

Results of the analysis showed that median overall survival with radioembolization was close to 13 months. Survival rates ranged depending upon BCLC class with those having less progressed disease and liver involvement (BCLC A) surviving 24 months, BCLC B at close to 17 months and BCLC C patients at 10 months. Researchers noted that the most significant factors affecting prognosis were ECOG performance status, tumor burden, coagulation test score (INR greater than 1.2), and disease outside the liver.

The team reported that the most common adverse events with radioembolization were fatigue, nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain. Rates for all-cause mortality in this high-risk patient group were 0.6% and roughly 7% at 30 and 90 days, respectively. "Our findings show strong evidence of the survival benefit with radioembolization, even in patients with advanced disease who have few treatments options," concluded Dr. Sangro. "Further study of the procedure in patients with advanced disease is warranted."


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