A randomized phase III study of hepatic arterial infusion chemotherapy with 5-fluorouracil and subsequent systemic chemotherapy versus systemic chemotherapy alone for colorectal cancer patients with curatively resected liver metastases (Japanese Foundation for Multidisciplinary Treatment of Cancer 32)

Mitsuo Kusano, Toru Aoyama, Koji Okabayashi, Koichi Hirata, Yasushige Tsuji, Shoji Nakamori, Toshimasa Asahara, Yasuo Ohashi, Takaki Yoshikawa, Junichi Sakamoto, Koji Oba, Shigetoyo Saji

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Aim: This randomized phase III trial compared hepatic arterial infusion (HAI) chemotherapy with 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) followed by uracil/tegafur (UFT) and leucovorin (LV) versus UFT/LV alone for patients with curatively resected liver metastases from colorectal cancer (CRC). Methods: The study was designed to include 280 patients to be randomized to receive either HAI with 5-FU followed by UFT/LV (Arm A) or UFT/LV alone (Arm B) to assess whether HAI chemotherapy improved disease-free survival (DFS). Results: Forty-four patients were randomized. Three-year DFS was relatively worse in the experimental arm although this difference was not statistically significant (43.5% in Arm A vs. 58% in Arm B; hazard ratio [HR], 1.304; P = 0.534). The experimental arm also tended to have a worse 3-year overall survival rate (80.2% in Arm A vs. 85.2% in Arm B; HR, 2.255; P = 0.192). There was no significant difference in the frequency of Grade 3 or higher toxicities between the two arms. Conclusion: Although this study was limited by a small sample size after early study termination, our analysis found that HAI with 5-FU followed by UFT/LV did not improve the DFS of patients with curatively resected liver metastases from CRC compared with UFT/LV alone. The future studies are necessary to evaluate the survival benefit of HAI in combination with newer systemic chemotherapeutic agents for patients with resectable liver metastases from CRC.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)S761-S766
JournalJournal of Cancer Research and Therapeutics
Volume14
Issue number10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Jan 1

Keywords

  • Colorectal cancer
  • hepatic arterial infusion chemotherapy
  • liver metastases
  • randomized phase III study

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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