BACKGROUND AND AIMS The clinical aspects of cryptogenic hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), defined as HCC in patients without hepatitis B, C or alcoholism, are not clear. We investigated its clinical presentations, long-term survival and prognostic predictors. METHODS A total of 2645 HCC patients were studied. One-to-one matched pairs between viral/alcoholic… (More)
BACKGROUND AND AIMS The prognostic ability of α-fetoprotein (AFP) for patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) was examined by using different cutoff values. The optimal AFP cutoff level is still unclear. METHODS A total of 2579 HCC patients were consecutively enrolled in Taiwan, where hepatitis B is the major etiology of chronic liver disease. Four… (More)
BACKGROUND & AIMS Controversies exist on staging and management of solitary large (>5 cm) hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). This study aims to evaluate the impact of tumor size on Barcelona Clinic Liver Cancer (BCLC) staging and treatment strategy. METHODS BCLC stage A and B patients were included and re-classified as single tumor 2-5 cm or up to 3 tumors… (More)
Peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor γ (PPARγ) is a ligand-activated nuclear receptor that regulates cellular lipid and glucose metabolism and also plays an inhibitory role in various cancers. However, the role of PPARγ in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) remains controversial. This study aimed to investigate the prognostic value of PPARγ in HCC and its… (More)
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) patients with performance status (PS) 1 or 2 are considered similar in the Barcelona Clinic Liver Cancer (BCLC) system. The rationales are not fully studied. A total of 693 and 335 HCC patients were classified as PS 1 and 2, respectively, in a prospectively followed up database. One-to-one matched pairs between HCC patients… (More)
Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) is indicated for early-stage hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), but the comparative efficacy between RFA and surgical resection (SR) is inconclusive. We aim to develop a prognostic nomogram for predicting recurrence-free survival (RFS) after RFA. We also evaluate the possibility of using nomogram in improving treatment… (More)
BACKGROUND/AIM Majority of patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) belonged to Child-Turcotte-Pugh (CTP) class A. We aimed to identify a new class of patients with very well-preserved liver function and analyze its impact on outcome prediction, tumor staging and treatment allocation. METHODS A total of 2654 HCC patients were retrospectively analyzed.… (More)
[In the article "Uncompromised Treatment Efficacy in Elderly Patients With Hepatocellular Carcinoma: A Propensity Score Analysis", which appeared in Volume 93, Issue 28 of Medicine, one of the authors' affiliations, National Yang-Ming University School of Medicine, Taipei, Taiwan, was omitted. The article has since been corrected online.].