A case of unresectable combined hepatocellular cholangiocarcinoma showing favorable response to LFP therapy

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  • Low-dose FP療法が奏効した切除不能混合型肝癌の1例

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<p>A woman in her 50s was admitted to our hospital because of multiple tumors detected in her liver. She was diagnosed with combined hepatocellular cholangiocarcinoma using gadolinium-ethoxybenzyl-diethylenetriamine pentaacetic acid (Gd-EOB-DTPA)-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and biopsy of the liver tumors. We judged the tumors to be unresectable because they were found in both lobes of the liver, with a tumor thrombus being found in the main left portal vein. The pathological findings showed that the tumors exhibited characteristics of hepatocellular carcinoma. Therefore, sorafenib was administered;however, 6 months later, the disease progressed. Consequently, she received second-line chemotherapy with a one-shot intra-arterial injection of cisplatin, but this too was ineffective, and her general condition worsened. As hence, we changed the regimen to 5-fluorouracil continuous infusion and consecutive low dose cisplatin (LFP) therapy. After one cycle of chemotherapy with LFP, Gd-EOB-DTPA-enhanced MRI showed markedly decreased sizes and numbers of tumors. To date, she has completed six cycles of LFP therapy, and almost all her tumors are no longer visible on MRI. She has recovered to a good state and has achieved long-term survival. Thus, this case indicates that although LFP therapy is generally selected for cases of advanced hepatocellular carcinoma, it also appears to be effective for long-term disease control in cases of hepatocellular cholangiocarcinoma.</p>

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