Last updated on May 2018

Sorafenib Monotherapy vs. TACE-sorafenib Sequential Therapy for HCC With Metastasis


Brief description of study

Sorafenib is the standard therapy for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) with extrahepatic metastasis (EHM). However, addition of transarterial chemoembolization (TACE) may be beneficial for controlling intrahepatic tumour. The investigators aimed to compare the efficacy between the sorafenib monotherapy and TACE-sorafenib sequential therapy in HCC patients with EHM.

Detailed Study Description

Sorafenib is the standard therapy for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) with extrahepatic metastasis (EHM). However, transarterial chemoembolization (TACE) which is a standard therapy for intermediate stage may be beneficial for controlling intrahepatic tumour, thereby providing chance of improving survival in HCC patients with EHM.

The investigators aimed to compare the efficacy between the sorafenib monotherapy and TACE-sorafenib sequential therapy in HCC patients with EHM.

This study is a prospective randomized controlled study being conducted at 6 tertiary hospitals in South Korea. HCC patients with EHM are being enrolled and randomized into sorafenib monotherapy or TACE-sorafenib sequential therapy group. Patients with main portal vein invasion, Child-Pugh class B or C, and history of TACE or previous systemic therapy are being excluded. The sorafenib monotherapy group receives sorafenib immediately after randomization while the TACE-sorafenib group receives 2~4 times of TACE before starting sorafenib. Response evaluation are performed every 2 months, and time to progression (TTP), progression free survival (PFS), median survival time (MST), and overall survival (OS) which is the primary outcome measure will be compared.

Clinical Study Identifier: NCT03518502

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