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J BUON. 2020 Nov-Dec;25(6):2584-2591.
PURPOSE: To explore the clinical efficacy and safety of Licartin combined with transcatheter hepatic arterial chemoembolization (TACE) in the treatment of middle-advanced primary liver cancer.
METHODS: The clinical data of 112 patients with middle-advanced primary liver cancer treated in our hospital from March 2015 to March 2017 were collected. Fifty-six patients underwent TACE combined with Licartin (Licartin+TACE group), while the remaining 56 patients were treated with TACE alone (TACE group). The short-term efficacy, peripheral hemogram, liver function, alpha fetoprotein (AFP) level, count of circulating tumor cells (CTCs) and cluster of differentiation (CD)147 phenotype before and after treatment were assessed in both groups, the incidence of adverse reactions was compared, and the postoperative survival and disease development were recorded during follow-up.
RESULTS: At 2 weeks after treatment, the levels of ALT and AST were significantly higher in Licartin + TACE group than those in TACE group (p<0.05). After treatment, the white blood cell count (WBC) and platelet count (PLT) obviously declined in both groups, and they were obviously lower in Licartin + TACE group than those in TACE group (p<0.05). After treatment, the count of CTCs evidently declined in both groups compared with that before treatment (p<0.05), and it was evidently lower in Licartin + TACE group than in TACE group (p<0.001). All patients were followed up for 3-36 months. In Licartin + TACE group and TACE group, the mean overall survival (OS) was 13.1±3.6 months and 11.3±2.8 months, respectively, and the mean progression-free survival (PFS) was 7.9±1.4 months and 6.1±1.2 months, respectively. At the end of follow-up, the Kaplan-Meier survival curves were plotted and log-rank test found that the OS rate was remarkably superior in Licartin + TACE group to that in TACE group (p=0.047), but the PFS rate had no statistically significant difference between the two groups (p=0.372).
CONCLUSIONS: Licartin combined with TACE has better efficacy than TACE alone in the treatment of middle-advanced primary liver cancer, with tolerable adverse reactions, which prolongs patients’ survival time.