Liver transplantation for hepatocellular carcinoma: a report of 60 cases

Gui hua Chen, Yang Yang, Min qiang Lu, Chang jie Cai, Xiao shun He, Xiao feng Zhu, Chi Xu, Hua Li, Jie fu Huang

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OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the role of orthotopic liver transplantation (OLT) in treatment of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) and the selection of recipients. METHODS: OLT was performed in 60 patients with HCC at Organ Transplantation Centre of the First Affiliated Hospital of Sun Yat-sen University between September 1993 and September 2002. Medical records were retrospectively analyzed with regard to the response to OLT and survival. RESULTS: One-month, 1, 2, 3-year survival rate of 23 liver transplant performed from September 1993 to July 2002 were 73.9%, 60.9%, 43.5% and 29.0%, respectively. One-month, 1, 2-year survival rate of 37 liver transplant performed from August 2000 to September 2002 were 89.2%, 75.8% and 61.2%, respectively. One-month survival rate was significantly greater in the patients with a preoperative liver function of Child A or B than Child C (P < 0.05). One-month, 1, 2, 3-year survival rate of small HCC (single tumor <or= 5 cm diameter or less than 3 tumors and tumors <or= 3 cm maximum diameter, n = 19) and large HCC (tumors > 5 cm diameter, n = 41) were 84.2%, 76.6%, 65.6%, 65.6% and 82.9%, 63.1%, 46.7%, 37.4%, respectively. The median survival of large HCC was 18.0 months and mean survival of small HCC was 29.6 months, respectively. The recurrence rate of small HCC and large HCC were 15.8% and 27.7%, respectively. There was no significant difference between the cumulative survival of small HCC and large HCC. The quality of life of patients with long-term survival was good. CONCLUSIONS: HCC associated with cirrhosis can be effectively treated by OLT on condition that no extrahepatic spread and no vascular involvement. OLT is recommended for treatment of small HCC combined with liver cirrhosis, meanwhile, OLT performed in the partial large HCC still is reasonable at the present time.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)413-416
Number of pages4
JournalZhonghua wai ke za zhi [Chinese journal of surgery]
Issue number7
StatePublished - Apr 7 2004

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