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Surg Oncol Clin N Am. 2003 Jan;12(1):193-210.

Arterial chemotherapy as adjuvant and palliative treatment of hepatic colorectal metastases: an update.

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  • 1John Wayne Cancer Institute, 2200 Santa Monica Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA 90404, USA. bilchika@jwci.org

Abstract

Regional hepatic chemotherapy with FUDR significantly improves local recurrence rates and may impact overall survival in patients with hepatic colorectal metastases. The results of prospective randomized trials confirm that careful patient selection, a thorough knowledge of intricate hepatic arterial anatomy, and an understanding of the pharmacokinetics and delivery of FUDR optimize treatment efficacy. A multimodality approach that includes adjuvant therapy in addition to cytoreductive surgery offers promise for the treatment of unresectable hepatic metastases. Because many tumors recur in extrahepatic sites, the addition of novel systemic agents such as CPT-11 may further reduce recurrences. Molecular analysis of the tumor may ultimately help select patients who are good candidates for regional chemotherapy.

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