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Cancer Biol Ther. 2011 Nov 15;12(10):865-71. doi: 10.4161/cbt.12.10.17676. Epub 2011 Nov 15.

Efficacy of therapy for hepatocellular carcinoma with portal vein tumor thrombus: chemoembolization and stent combined with iodine-125 seed.

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State Key Laboratory of Oncology in South China and Department of Imaging and Interventional Radiology, Cancer Center, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, China.


The purpose of this study is to analyze the safety and clinical efficacy of transcatheter arterial chemoembolization (TACE) combined with portal vein stent and ¹²⁵I implantation for the treatment of portal vein tumor thrombus (PVTT) in hepatocellular carcinoma. Fifty-six patients from our department diagnosed with advanced hepatocellular carcinoma with PVTT between January 2008 and December 30, 2010 were divided into two groups. Patients in Group A were treated with TACE and portal vein stent; patients in Group B were treated with TACE, portal vein stent and ¹²⁵I implantation. The success rate of TACE with portal vein stent and ¹²⁵I implantation was 100%, with no severe surgery-related complications. After an 8 mo follow-up, the total clinical benefit rates were 56.7 and 88.5% for Groups A and B, respectively (p < 0.05). The median survival times (mOS) for the two groups were 5.7 and 8.9 mo, respectively (p < 0.05). The median time of progression (mTTP) of the two groups were 5.3 and 7.9 mo, respectively (p < 0.05). The 2, 6, 8, 12 and 18 mo patency rates in Group A were 100, 93.3, 83.3, 53.3 and 36.6%. Those in Group B were 100, 100, 92.3, 84.6 and 80.7%. The 2, 6 and 8 mo patency rates showed no statistical differences (p > 0.05), but the 12 and 18 mo rates did (p < 0.05). Our results suggest that TACE combined with portal vein stent and ¹²⁵I implantation are both safe and effective, and ¹²⁵I implantation can further postpone the restenosis of the portal vein effectively.

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