Coatings (Oct 2020)

Safety and Local Efficacy of Laser Ablation for the Extrahepatic Metastasis of Hepatocellular Carcinoma: An Available Treatment Strategy

  • Haiyi Long,
  • Bowen Zhuang,
  • Guangliang Huang,
  • Xiaoju Li,
  • Manxia Lin,
  • Jianting Long,
  • Xiaoyan Xie,
  • Baoxian Liu

Journal volume & issue
Vol. 10, no. 951
p. 951


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Thermal ablation plays an important role in the treatment of extrahepatic metastasis of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Yet laser ablation (LA), as a safe thermal ablative modality, is less investigated in this field. In this study, the safety and local effectiveness of LA in the treatment for the extrahepatic metastasis of HCC were evaluated. From May 2012 to May 2019, 17 patients (13 males and 4 females; mean age, 54.1 ± 14.6 years; age range, 34–80 years), who underwent LA for treatment of extrahepatic metastasis of HCC at the First Affiliated Hospital of Sun Yat-sen University, were retrospectively enrolled in this study. Local effectiveness, complications, local tumor progression (LTP), and overall survival (OS) were evaluated. Finally, a total of 28 LA treated extrahepatic metastatic lesions of HCC were reviewed. Neither LA-related mortality nor major complication occurred. Complete ablation (CA) was achieved in 20 out of 28 lesions (71.4%). During the follow-up (mean, 19.5 ± 12.8 months; range, 5–42.7 months), LTP developed in 4 out of 20 lesions with CA (20%). Four patients died of tumor progression or multiple organ dysfunction syndrome. The accumulative one- and three-year OS rates were 79.0% and 65.8%, respectively. In conclusion, LA is a safe and effective therapeutic option in the treatment of extrahepatic metastasis of HCC. Further studies are necessary to evaluate the benefit of LA.