High serum levels of vascular endothelial growth factor after hepatectomy are associated with poor prognosis in hepatocellular carcinoma.

BACKGROUND/AIMS Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) reportedly affects the metastatic potential of tumors. We investigated in patients whether association exits between perioperative serum VEGF levels and recurrence of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). METHODOLOGY Thirty-two patients who underwent curative resection for HCC were enrolled in this study… CONTINUE READING