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J Cancer Res Clin Oncol. 2009 Oct;135(10):1403-12. doi: 10.1007/s00432-009-0584-6. Epub 2009 Apr 21.

Liver transplantation outcomes in 1,078 hepatocellular carcinoma patients: a multi-center experience in Shanghai, China.

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Liver Cancer Institute, Shanghai Medical School, Zhong Shan Hospital, Fudan University, 200032 Shanghai, People's Republic of China.



To evaluate current selection criteria for patients undergoing liver transplantation (LT) in response to hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), and to analyze the prognostic factors for successful transplantation.


We evaluated the outcome of 1,078 consecutive patients with HCC from the Shanghai Multi-Center Collaborative LT Group who underwent LT over a 6-year period. Clinicopathologic data for these patients were evaluated. The prognostic significance was assessed using Kaplan-Meier survival estimates and log-rank tests. Multivariate study with Cox's proportional hazard model was used to evaluate the prognosis-relative aspects.


We determined that expansion of Milan criteria to include: a solitary lesion < or = 9 cm in diameter, no more than three lesions with the largest < or = 5 cm, a total tumor diameter < or = 9 cm without macrovascular invasion, lymph node invasion and extrahepatic metastasis (referred to as the "Shanghai criteria"), resulted in overall survival (OS) and disease-free survival (DFS) rates that were similar to the Milan criteria. Multivariate analysis using the Cox proportional hazards regression model showed that the Child-Pugh-Turcotte classification (P = 0.010, 0.000), tumor differentiation (P = 0.001, 0.000), tumor size (P = 0.000, 0.000) and number (P = 0.014, 0.016), macrovascular invasion (P = 0.022, 0.000) and alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) levels (P = 0.031, 0.003) were independent predictors of OS and DFS, while post-LT chemotherapy (OS, P = 0.000) and tumor encapsulation (DFS, P = 0.038) were independent predictors of OS or DFS.


Shanghai criteria expanded the current criteria while maintaining similar survival.

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