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Cancer. 1981 Jan 15;47(2):402-9.

The practicality of chronic hepatic artery infusion therapy of primary and metastatic hepatic malignancies: ten-year results of 124 patients in a prospective protocol.


Ten-year results are presented of 124 patients with malignancy apparently limited to the distribution of the hepatic artery, treated to prospective protocol with continuous infusion of 5-FUdR through an hepatic artery catheter. Nearly all patients had moderate to massive hepatic replacement. Of 88 patients with colorectal carcinoma, 64 (73%) had clinically objective and subjective remission. Median survival for responders was 13 months; for the entire group, ten months. Of 13 patients with hepatoma, nine had clinically significant regression with a median survival of 11 months. Ten patients had carcinoma of the gall bladder or bile duct with seven obtaining clinically significant regression. Complications encountered are discussed and are similar to other series. Of the patients experiencing clinically significant remission, all but one reached the complete independence performance status, and 84% reached normal activity levels. Thus, for hepatic localized tumor, this therapy is worthwhile and practical.

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