E-ISSN 1305-3612
1 Hepatobiliary and Liver Transplant Surgical Unit, St. Vincent’s University Hospital, Elm Park, Dublin, Ireland  
2 Department of Radiology, St. Vincent’s University Hospital, Elm Park, Dublin, Ireland  
Diagn Interv Radiol 2018; 24: -


PURPOSE: We aimed to compare the overall (OS) and disease-free survival (DFS) of patients undergoing orthotopic liver transplant (OLT) for hepatocellular carcinoma who did and did not have neoadjuvant doxorubicin drug-eluting bead transarterial chemoembolization (DEB-TACE).


METHODS: This is a retrospective study of 94 patients with HCC transplanted between 2000 and 2014 in a single tertiary center. Pre- and postoperative features, DFS and OS were compared between patients who received pre-OLT DEB-TACE (n=34, DEB-TACE group) and those who did not (n=60, non-TACE group). Radiologic and histologic response to neoadjuvant treatment as well as its complications were also studied.


RESULTS: There were no significant differences in post-transplantation DFS and OS rates between groups (5-year DFS: 70% in DEB-TACE group vs. 63% in non-TACE group, P = 0.454; 5-year OS: 70% in DEB-TACE group vs. 65% in non-TACE group, P = 0.532). The DEB-TACE group had longer OLT waiting time compared with the non-TACE group (110 vs. 72 days; P = 0.01). On univariate and multivariate analyses, alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) levels >500 ng/mL prior to OLT were associated with decreased OS and DFS regardless of neoadjuvant approach (hazard ratio of 6, P = 0.001 and 5.5, P = 0.002, respectively).


CONCLUSION: Patients who underwent neoadjuvant DEB-TACE and OLT for hepatocellular carcinoma had no statistically different OS or DFS at 3 and 5 years from patients undergoing OLT alone.


You may cite this article as: Dorcaratto D, Udupa V, Hogan NM, et al. Does neoadjuvant doxorubicin drug eluting bead transarterial chemoembolization improve survival in patients undergoing liver transplant for hepatocellular carcinoma? Diagn Interv Radiol 2017; 23:441–447.

Key Words
Author's Corner
Reviewer's Corner
Copyright © Turkish Society of Radiology | Latest Update: 06.11.2018