Trans-catheter arterial chemoembolisation for hepatocellular carcinoma in patients with viral cirrhosis: Role of combined staging systems, Cancer Liver Italian Program (CLIP) and Model for End-stage Liver Disease (MELD), in predicting outcome after treatment

Roberto Testa, E. Testa, E. Giannini, F. Botta, F. Malfatti, B. Chiarbonello, A. Fumagalli, S. Polegato, E. Podesta, P. Romagnoli, D. Risso, G. Cittadini, G. De Caro

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Background: Trans-catheter arterial chemoembolisation (TACE) is the most common palliative treatment for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). The therapeutic options depend both on the characteristics of the tumour and on functional staging of the cirrhosis. Aim: To evaluate the effects of TACE on the survival of cirrhotic patients with HCC according to different staging systems [Okuda score, Cancer Liver Italian Program (CLIP) score, Model for End-stage Liver Disease (MELD) score] and in relation to the side-effects of TACE. Methods: Fifty cirrhotic patients, 36 CTP class A and 14 class B, underwent 106 TACE treatments with mitoxantrone. Survival at 12, 24, and 36 months was evaluated. Results: MELD at 12 months and CLIP at 24 months were identified as significant variables associated with survival. Combined cut-offs of CLIP and of MELD identified four subgroups of patients with different survivals, at 12. 24 and 36 months, respectively: CLIP ≥2 and MELD ≥10 (63%, 20% and 0%), CLIP

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1563-1569
Number of pages7
JournalAlimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Jun 15 2003


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology (medical)
  • Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics(all)

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