Liver Int. 2013 Dec 18. doi: 10.1111/liv.12447. [Epub ahead of print]
BACKGROUND: Various modalities have been employed effectively according to the tumor recurrence status in patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) undergoing hepatectomy. Therefore, their overall prognosis depends largely on the pattern of recurrence/treatment.
AIM: We investigated the patterns of recurrence and prognosis in HCC patients, especially in relation to the hepatitis virus infection status.
METHODS: The study population comprised 244 patients with HCC undergoing hepatectomy. Curative treatments, including repeated hepatectomies, were performed for recurrences, whenever possible. Detailed information on recurrences was collected until the recurrences exceeded Milan's criteria.
RESULTS: The 5-year disease-free survival, survival within the Milan criteria, and overall survival were 38.4 %, 56.3 %, and 74.5 %, respectively. In the comparison between patients with hepatitis C and B virus-related HCC (HC-HCC: n = 111; and HB-HCC: n = 45, respectively), the former showed lower disease-free (30.2 % vs. 40.7 % at 5 years, P = 0.061) and overall (65.7 % vs. 89.7 % at 5 years, P = 0.011) survivals; they also showed a higher incidence of multinodular (≥4) intrahepatic recurrences (19.4 % vs. 5.3 % at 3 years, P = 0.010). Whereas, the incidences of recurrences exceeding the Milan criteria because of other components were comparable. Patients with HC-HCC showed a higher incidence of intrahepatic recurrences characterized by multiple lesions and the difference became increasingly more pronounced with time.
CONCLUSIONS: Patients with HC-HCC was associated with a higher carcinogenesis in the background liver than those with HB-HCC, and this difference was aggravated with time after hepatic resection. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
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KEYWORDS: Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, Hepatocellular Carcinoma, Milan criteria, Prognosis
PMID: 24350618 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]