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J Hepatol. 1986;3(2):149-53.

Significance of serum bilirubin level in response of hepatocellular carcinoma to doxorubicin.

Abstract

To determine which of several clinical and laboratory features could be of significance in the response of hepatocellular carcinoma to doxorubicin we have analysed the frequency of remission in 143 patients treated with this drug. Of those features investigated including age, sex, presence and aetiology of underlying cirrhosis, duration of symptoms, performance grade and liver function tests, a normal serum bilirubin level was shown to be the only one on logistic regression analysis to predict a greater change of response (response rate = 46% with serum bilirubin less than 20 mumol/l and 10% with bilirubin greater than 20 mumol/l). The most likely explanation is that reduction in doxorubicin dosage according to the serum bilirubin level, based on the view that the risk of myelosuppression is thereby lessened, may lead to suboptimal dose administration.

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