Background/Aims: Few reports have analyzed short- and long-term outcomes in the subset of patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) on non-cirrhotic liver. Methodology: From January 1985 to December 2002, 277 patients underwent liver resection for HCC; in only 47 the liver was normal or showed mild chronic hepatitis at histology. Results: A major hepatectomy (MHR) was accomplished in 37 cases (78.7%) including an extended hepatic resection in 18 (38.3%). In-hospital mortality was nil. The rate of complications was 40.4%. Overall and disease-free survival rates at 5 years were 30.9% and 33.9%. Fifteen patients are actually alive with a median survival of 33.3 months. By multivariate analysis, tumor size >10cm and presence of satellite nodules were independent predictive factors of 5-year survival; median survival of thirteen patients with HCCs ≤10cm and without daughter nodules was 60 months. Twenty-six patients had a margin less than 1cm and without cancer involvement; overall and recurrence-free survival rates were comparable to those of the patients with a >1cm margin. Conclusions: In the treatment of HCC without cirrhosis, major hepatic resections are often needed. Tumors less than 10cm in size and without satellite nodes are the best candidates for operation. The width of the resection margin is unimportant provided that there is no microscopic infiltration.
|Number of pages||5|
|Publication status||Published - Sep 2006|
- Hepatocellular carcinoma
- Long-term survival
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