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The number of elderly hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) patients is expected to rise. We analyzed the impact of age on clinical presentations, treatment allocation, and long-term survival between elderly (≥75 years) and younger (<75 years) HCC patients. In this study, a total of 812 elderly and 2270 younger HCC patients were evaluated. The baseline information(More)
BACKGROUND Treatment for patients with intermediate-stage hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is controversial. This study compared the long-term survival of patients beyond the Milan criteria who received surgical resection (SR) or transarterial chemoembolization (TACE). METHODS A total of 268 and 455 HCC patients beyond the Milan criteria undergoing SR and(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the clinical significance of preoperative serum levels of interleukin-10 (IL-10) and interleukin-6 (IL-6) in patients with resectable hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). SUMMARY BACKGROUND DATA IL-10 is an immunosuppressive factor and IL-6 is a multifunctional cytokine that plays a role in host defense mechanisms. Both have been reported(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS Length of stay is an important marker of medical resource consumption. In the modern managed care era physicians are driven to deliver the highest quality of care while using fewest resources. Hepatectomy represents a technically challenging and resource-intensive procedure, particularly in the setting of hepatic malignancy and liver(More)
BACKGROUND Selecting an appropriate staging system is crucial to predict the outcome of patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). The optimal prognostic model for HCC is under intense debate. This study investigated the prognostic ability of the 5 currently used staging systems, Barcelona Clinic Liver Cancer (BCLC), Cancer of the Liver Italian Program(More)
BACKGROUND & AIMS Differences in efficacy of radiofrequency ablation (RFA) and surgical resection (SR) are not clear for patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). METHODS From 2002 to 2007, 419 patients with HCCs ≤5 cm were enrolled consecutively in the study. Among these patients, 190 and 229 patients received RFA and SR, respectively, as their first(More)
Heterotopic pancreas is a rare disease. We evaluated 17 patients treated surgically at our hospital. Epigastric pain (77%), abdominal fullness (30%), and tarry stools (24%) were the three most frequent symptoms and signs. The lesions were diagnosed as gastroduodenal tumors by gastroduodenoscopy (67%) or upper gastrointestinal series (71%). Among these, only(More)
BACKGROUND Indications for resection of non-early-stage hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) remain controversial. This study aimed to identify factors that affect outcome of patients with Barcelona Clinical Liver Cancer Classification (BCLC) stage B or stage C HCC after hepatic resection. METHODS From 1991 to 2006, 478 patients with HCC (BCLC stage B, n = 318(More)
BACKGROUND Tumor venous invasion in patients with resectable hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is frequent and can be macroscopic and microscopic or microscopic alone. Although macroscopic invasion is a well-established prognostic indicator, the clinical significance of microscopic invasion remains unclear. METHODS There were 322 patients enrolled who had(More)
BACKGROUND & AIMS Multiple staging systems have been proposed for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). However there is no consensus regarding which system provides the best prognostic accuracy. We aimed to investigate the performance of 11 currently used HCC staging systems. METHODS Between 2002 and 2013, a large prospective dataset of 3182 HCC patients were(More)