Complete remission of a case of hepatocellular carcinoma with tumor invasion in inferior vena cava and with pulmonary metastasis successfully treated with repeated arterial infusion chemotherapy

Takayuki Kogure, Takao Iwasaki, Yoshiyuki Ueno, Noriatsu Kanno, Koji Fukushima, Yoko Yamagiwa, Futoshi Nagasaki, Eiji Kakazu, Yasunori Matsuda, Osamu Kido, Yu Nakagome, Masashi Ninomiya, Tooru Shimosegawa

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Abstract

We report the case of a patient having hepatocellular carcinoma with tumor invasion to the inferior vena cava and with multiple pulmonary metastases who was treated with repeated one-shot administration of epirubicin, cisplatin, and mitomycin C by hepatic artery and bronchial artery, which led to complete remission. A 72-year-old woman was diagnosed with infiltrative hepatocellular carcinoma with Vv3, multiple intrahepatic metastases, and multiple pulmonary metastases associated with compensated liver cirrhosis. One-shot infusion of epirubicin, cisplatin, and mitomycin C was performed through proper hepatic artery and bronchial artery for twice at eight weeks of intervals. Pulmonary metastases disappeared and intrahepatic lesions indicated marked shrinkage leaving a scar-like lesion with decreases in tumor markers. After six months and 20 months, tumor markers indicated increasing tendency but no evident recurrence was found by computed tomography or hepatic arteriography. One-shot infusion of the same regimens through proper hepatic artery was performed and tumor markers decreased to normal levels. After 14 months of the last therapy, no evidence of recurrence has been found on image analysis or in tumor markers. This arterial infusion therapy is well tolerated for the patients with compensated liver cirrhosis and might be promising for the effective treatment of advanced hepatocellular carcinoma with pulmonary metastases.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2113-2116
Number of pages4
JournalHepato-Gastroenterology
Volume54
Issue number79
Publication statusPublished - 2007 Oct

Keywords

  • Chemotherapy
  • Hepatocellular carcinoma
  • Lung metastasis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hepatology
  • Gastroenterology

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