A case of complete response to S-1 therapy for multiple pulmonary recurrences of hepatocellular carcinoma after hepatic resection

Akira Tomokuni, Shigeru Marubashi, Hiroaki Nagano, Shogo Kobayashi, Hidetoshi Eguchi, Yutaka Takeda, Masahiro Tanemura, Tom Kitagawa, Keizo Dono, Morito Monden, Yuichiro Doki, Masaki Mori

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A 68-year-old man lost in unconscious and was diagnosed as ruptured hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) in a local emergency hospital. He was treated by transcatheter arterial embolization, and further investigation revealed simultaneous cancer in rectum. He was referred to our institute, and admitted in June 2005. He underwent lateral segment and S8 partial resection of the liver, cholecystectomy, anterior resection of rectum, and D3 lymphadenectomy in August 2005. Multiple HCC recurrences in the remnant liver appeared in December 2005. He was subsequently treated with transcatheter chemoembolization four times. In May 2006, CT scan revealed multiple metastatic nodules in bilateral lungs with remarkably elevated serum AFP and PIVKA-II. The nodules were diagnosed as lung metastasis of the HCC. Because the lesions grew larger, S-1 was started in February 2007. Diagnostic imaging and tumor markers showed a marked improvement 2 months after S-1 administration, and no recurrence has been found since then. This case illustrates that S-1 may be an effective treatment for HCC with extrahepatic metastasis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2383-2385
Number of pages3
JournalJapanese Journal of Cancer and Chemotherapy
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2009


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research

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