Sequencing of systemic treatment for hepatocellular carcinoma: Second line competitors

Federico Piñero, Marcelo Silva, Massimo Iavarone

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During the last decades, further knowledge of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) molecular mechanisms has led to development of effective systemic treatments including tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs) and immunotherapy. In this review, we describe first and second line systemic treatment options for advanced HCC. Several trials have evaluated new drugs for the treatment of HCC patients: In first line, lenvatinib resulted non-inferior to sorafenib and it can be used as alternative, even in the lack of evidence for sequential treatment options in second line after lenvatinib. Recently, atezolizumab plus bevacizumab have shown superiority over sorafenib in first-line. Sorafenib-regorafenib sequential administration in selected patients has opened a new paradigm of treatment in advanced HCC with a life expectancy exceeding two years. Other TKIs for second line treatment include cabozantinib and ramucirumab (specifically for patients with Alpha-fetoprotein values ≥ 400 ng/mL). The combination of TKIs with immunotherapy may represent a big step forward for these patients in the near future.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1888-1900
Number of pages13
JournalWorld Journal of Gastroenterology
Issue number16
Publication statusPublished - Apr 28 2020


  • Advanced
  • Future
  • Hepatocellular carcinoma
  • Options
  • Sequencing
  • Systemic

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gastroenterology


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