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Largest Multi-Centre Evaluation of Radioembolization Using Sir-Spheres for Patients With Inoperable Primary Liver Cancer Published in Hepatology
Date:7/7/2011

Y was not a prospective study, our findings must be interpreted conservatively," Professor Sangro explained.  "What we can say, based on our evaluation of a broad range of patients with HCC treated in routine clinical practice, is that radioembolization using SIR-Spheres directly targets tumours and spares viable liver tissue, which enables us to reduce the burden of disease and potentially increase both the patient's survival and quality of life.  The greatest survival benefit can be expected in those patients with better performance status, fewer tumour nodules and no occlusion of the portal vein.  

"It is also clear from our analysis," he added, "that radioembolization may be particularly helpful in four specific patient populations.  These include, firstly, patients who might otherwise be considered for TACE but may benefit more from SIR-Spheres; patients who are poor candidates for TACE due to the high number of tumour nodules (>5) or spread to both lobes of the liver; patients who have previously failed TACE; and, finally, patients who are ineligible for TACE because of portal vein occlusion.  These patients have few other treatment options."

Other treatment options that have been demonstrated to extend survival for patients with inoperable HCC include TACE, which requires repeated interventional procedures and hospitalisation due to the resulting post-embolisation syndrome; and sorafenib, an oral medication taken twice daily which can give side effects leading to discontinuation of the drug in more than a third of patients (38%).[3]

The ENRY collaboration found that radioembolization was very well-tolerated by these otherwise ill patients.  More than half (54.5%) experienced fatigue; around one third (32.0%) reported nausea or vomiting; while slightly more than a quarter (27.1%) reported abdominal pain and one in ten reported a mild fever.  These symptoms were transien
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