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This project will include at least 40 patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) who will receive transcatheter arterial chemoembolization (TACE) as a sole method for the management. The serum is collected before and at the 3rd and 7th day after TACE. The serum levels of vascular endothelial growth factor, angiopoietin 2, endostatin and cathepsin L are determined. All patients will be evaluated according to the TNM system for the cancer staging before and 3 months after each session of treatment. The vascularity of tumor, the drug and the dose used for embolization, and the area of infarction will be recorded. These data will be compared with the clinical courses of the patients to obtain the most suitable way in the management of these patients.
Transcatheter arterial chemoembolization (TACE) is the traditional method for the palliative management of patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). This method will cause tissue hypoxia in area of embolization. Several proangiogenic factors will be induced by the condition of hypoxia. This may have the possibility to promote the proliferation of the residual cancer cells. However, there is no study to clarify this issue. This project will determine the serial changes of serum proangiogenic factors (vascular endothelial growth factor, angiopoietin 2), antiangiogenic factor (endostatin) and cathepsin L before and after TACE. These data will be compared with the clinical courses of the patients to obtain the most suitable way in the management of these patients.
This project will include at least 40 patients with HCC who will receive TACE as a sole method for the management. The serum is collected before and at the 3rd and 7th day after TACE. The serum levels of vascular endothelial growth factor, angiopoietin 2, endostatin and cathepsin L are determined. All patients will be evaluated according to the TNM system for the cancer staging before and 3 months after each session of treatment. The vascularity of tumor, the drug and the dose used for embolization, and the area of infarction will be recorded.
Observational Model: Case-Only, Time Perspective: Prospective
Kaohsiung Medical University Hospital
Kaohsiung Medical University Chung-Ho Memorial Hospital
Published on BioPortfolio: 2014-08-27T03:24:40-0400
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