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Eur J Cancer Clin Oncol. 1983 Aug;19(8):1053-65.

Effect of arterial administration of high-molecular-weight anticancer agent SMANCS with lipid lymphographic agent on hepatoma: a preliminary report.


A clinical evaluation of arterial infusion of high-molecular-weight antitumor agent SMANCS dissolved in lipid lymphographic agent (thiodol) in 44 patients with mostly unresectable hepatoma is described. The treatment regimen demonstrated significant merits both therapeutically and diagnostically. Marked antitumor effects were shown in the decreased serum alpha-fetoprotein levels (86% of cases) and tumor size (95% of cases), and in survival period and histological findings. Furthermore, there was increased diagnostic sensitivity using CT scan, plain X-rays or ultrasound. The procedure of selective arterial administration of 3-4 mg of SMANCS in 3-4 ml of ethiodol per dose was simple to perform and was required only once every 3-4 weeks. Both ethiodol and the drug accumulated more selectively in tumor than in any other tissues and their activity remained for more than 3 weeks. Only minimal side-effects were associated with SMANCS and ethiodol during this study.

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