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Combination therapy of intra-arterial 5-fluorouracil and systemic pegylated interferon alpha-2b for advanced hepatocellular carcinoma.

Author(s): Kasai K, Ushio A, Kasai Y, Sawara K, Miyamoto Y, Oikawa K, Kuroda H, Takikawa Y, Suzuki K

Affiliation(s): Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Department of Internal Medicine, Iwate Medical University, Uchimaru 19-1, Morioka, Iwate 020-8505, Japan. kaz-k@yc4.so-net.ne.jp

Publication date & source: 2011-06, Int J Clin Oncol., 16(3):221-9. Epub 2010 Dec 4.

BACKGROUND: This study evaluated the efficacy of combined 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) and pegylated interferon (PEG-IFN) alpha-2b in patients with advanced hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). METHODS: Fifty patients with portal vein tumor thrombosis were enrolled. Of these, 21 patients were treated using subcutaneous administration of PEG-IFNalpha-2b and intra-arterial infusion of 5-FU (5-FU/PEG-IFN group), 12 patients were treated using intramuscular administration of IFNalpha-2b and intra-arterial infusion of 5-FU (5-FU/IFN group), and 17 patients received intra-arterial infusion chemotherapy with lipiodol-cisplatin (CDDP) suspension (CDDP group). RESULTS: The objective early response rate was significantly higher in the 5-FU/PEG-IFN group than in the 5-FU/IFN or CDDP groups (71.4 vs. 8.3% and 17.6%, respectively; P < 0.0001). Cumulative survival rates at 6 and 12 months were 83.8 and 77.8% in the 5-FU/PEG-IFN group, 60.8 and 16.2% in the 5-FU/IFN group, and 58.4 and 12.5% in the CDDP group, respectively. The cumulative survival rate was significantly higher in the 5-FU/PEG-IFN group than in the other 2 groups (P = 0.0272). Serious complications and treatment-related deaths were not observed in any of the 3 groups. CONCLUSION: Although a prospective randomized controlled trial using a larger population of patients with advanced HCC is needed to evaluate combination therapy with 5-FU and PEG-IFNalpha-2b, this new combination therapy may be useful for patients with advanced HCC.

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