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Vol. 34, No. 7, 2011
Issue release date: July 2011
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Onkologie 2011;34:368–376
(DOI:10.1159/000329602)

A Randomized Phase II Study of Drug-Eluting Beads versus Transarterial Chemoembolization for Unresectable Hepatocellular Carcinoma

van Malenstein H.a · Maleux G.b · Vandecaveye V.b · Heye S.b · Laleman W.a · van Pelt J.a · Vaninbroukx J.b · Nevens F.a · Verslype C.a
a Department of Hepatology, b Department of Radiology, University Hospitals Leuven, Belgium
email Corresponding Author

Abstract

Background: Transcatheter arterial chemoembolization (TACE) is the standard treatment in selected patients with unresectable hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Drug-eluting particles are developed to reduce side effects and improve efficacy. We present safety data of a prospective randomized phase II study with doxorubicin-eluting superabsorbent polymer (SAP) microspheres. Material and Methods: We prospectively included 30 HCC patients with different Barcelona Clinic Liver Cancer (BCLC) stages (A = 3, B = 19, C = 8) and randomly assigned them to receive conventional TACE (n = 14) (control group) or doxorubicin-eluting SAP microspheres (n = 16). The doxorubicin plasma level was assessed at different time points, biochemical analysis was performed, and side effects were reported following the Common Toxicity Criteria. Tumor response was assessed at 6 weeks according to the modified Response Evaluation Criteria in Solid Tumors (RECIST) criteria. Results: There was a significantly lower plasma peak concentration (Cmax) of doxorubicin and smaller area under the curve (AUC) with SAP microspheres (mean Cmax 495 ± 293.9 ng/ml, mean AUC 69.7 ± 26.9 ng/ml min) compared to controls (mean Cmax 1,928 ± 560.8 ng/ml, mean AUC 165 ± 32.3 ng/ml/min; both p < 0.001). Furthermore, there were less grade 3 and no grade 4 adverse events in the SAP microsphere group. Tumor response was comparable between the groups. Conclusions: TACE with SAP microspheres leads to low plasma levels of the cytotoxic drug and therefore minimizes toxicity compared to conventional TACE.


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  • Hepatocellular carcinoma
  • Chemoembolization
  • Drug-eluting beads
  • Doxorubicin
  • Pharmacokinetics

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Background: Transcatheter arterial chemoembolization (TACE) is the standard treatment in selected patients with unresectable hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Drug-eluting particles are developed to reduce side effects and improve efficacy. We present safety data of a prospective randomized phase II study with doxorubicin-eluting superabsorbent polymer (SAP) microspheres. Material and Methods: We prospectively included 30 HCC patients with different Barcelona Clinic Liver Cancer (BCLC) stages (A = 3, B = 19, C = 8) and randomly assigned them to receive conventional TACE (n = 14) (control group) or doxorubicin-eluting SAP microspheres (n = 16). The doxorubicin plasma level was assessed at different time points, biochemical analysis was performed, and side effects were reported following the Common Toxicity Criteria. Tumor response was assessed at 6 weeks according to the modified Response Evaluation Criteria in Solid Tumors (RECIST) criteria. Results: There was a significantly lower plasma peak concentration (Cmax) of doxorubicin and smaller area under the curve (AUC) with SAP microspheres (mean Cmax 495 ± 293.9 ng/ml, mean AUC 69.7 ± 26.9 ng/ml min) compared to controls (mean Cmax 1,928 ± 560.8 ng/ml, mean AUC 165 ± 32.3 ng/ml/min; both p < 0.001). Furthermore, there were less grade 3 and no grade 4 adverse events in the SAP microsphere group. Tumor response was comparable between the groups. Conclusions: TACE with SAP microspheres leads to low plasma levels of the cytotoxic drug and therefore minimizes toxicity compared to conventional TACE.

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Geert Maleux, University Hospital Leuven, Department of Radiology, Herestraat 49, 3000 Leuven, Belgium, Tel. +32 163437-82, Fax -65, geert.maleux@uzleuven.be


 goto top of outline Article Information

Published online: June 21, 2011
Number of Print Pages : 9


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Onkologie (International Journal for Cancer Research and Treatment)

Vol. 34, No. 7, Year 2011 (Cover Date: July 2011)

Journal Editor: Schmoll H.-J. (Halle/Saale), Hallek M. (Köln)
ISSN: 0378-584X (Print), eISSN: 1423-0240 (Online)

For additional information: http://www.karger.com/ONK


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Drug Dosage: The authors and the publisher have exerted every effort to ensure that drug selection and dosage set forth in this text are in accord with current recommendations and practice at the time of publication. However, in view of ongoing research, changes in goverment regulations, and the constant flow of information relating to drug therapy and drug reactions, the reader is urged to check the package insert for each drug for any changes in indications and dosage and for added warnings and precautions. This is particularly important when the recommended agent is a new and/or infrequently employed drug.
Disclaimer: The statements, opinions and data contained in this publication are solely those of the individual authors and contributors and not of the publishers and the editor(s). The appearance of advertisements or/and product references in the publication is not a warranty, endorsement, or approval of the products or services advertised or of their effectiveness, quality or safety. The publisher and the editor(s) disclaim responsibility for any injury to persons or property resulting from any ideas, methods, instructions or products referred to in the content or advertisements.

Abstract

Background: Transcatheter arterial chemoembolization (TACE) is the standard treatment in selected patients with unresectable hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Drug-eluting particles are developed to reduce side effects and improve efficacy. We present safety data of a prospective randomized phase II study with doxorubicin-eluting superabsorbent polymer (SAP) microspheres. Material and Methods: We prospectively included 30 HCC patients with different Barcelona Clinic Liver Cancer (BCLC) stages (A = 3, B = 19, C = 8) and randomly assigned them to receive conventional TACE (n = 14) (control group) or doxorubicin-eluting SAP microspheres (n = 16). The doxorubicin plasma level was assessed at different time points, biochemical analysis was performed, and side effects were reported following the Common Toxicity Criteria. Tumor response was assessed at 6 weeks according to the modified Response Evaluation Criteria in Solid Tumors (RECIST) criteria. Results: There was a significantly lower plasma peak concentration (Cmax) of doxorubicin and smaller area under the curve (AUC) with SAP microspheres (mean Cmax 495 ± 293.9 ng/ml, mean AUC 69.7 ± 26.9 ng/ml min) compared to controls (mean Cmax 1,928 ± 560.8 ng/ml, mean AUC 165 ± 32.3 ng/ml/min; both p < 0.001). Furthermore, there were less grade 3 and no grade 4 adverse events in the SAP microsphere group. Tumor response was comparable between the groups. Conclusions: TACE with SAP microspheres leads to low plasma levels of the cytotoxic drug and therefore minimizes toxicity compared to conventional TACE.



 goto top of outline Author Contacts

Geert Maleux, University Hospital Leuven, Department of Radiology, Herestraat 49, 3000 Leuven, Belgium, Tel. +32 163437-82, Fax -65, geert.maleux@uzleuven.be


 goto top of outline Article Information

Published online: June 21, 2011
Number of Print Pages : 9


 goto top of outline Publication Details

Onkologie (International Journal for Cancer Research and Treatment)

Vol. 34, No. 7, Year 2011 (Cover Date: July 2011)

Journal Editor: Schmoll H.-J. (Halle/Saale), Hallek M. (Köln)
ISSN: 0378-584X (Print), eISSN: 1423-0240 (Online)

For additional information: http://www.karger.com/ONK


Copyright / Drug Dosage

Copyright: All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be translated into other languages, reproduced or utilized in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording, microcopying, or by any information storage and retrieval system, without permission in writing from the publisher or, in the case of photocopying, direct payment of a specified fee to the Copyright Clearance Center.
Drug Dosage: The authors and the publisher have exerted every effort to ensure that drug selection and dosage set forth in this text are in accord with current recommendations and practice at the time of publication. However, in view of ongoing research, changes in goverment regulations, and the constant flow of information relating to drug therapy and drug reactions, the reader is urged to check the package insert for each drug for any changes in indications and dosage and for added warnings and precautions. This is particularly important when the recommended agent is a new and/or infrequently employed drug.
Disclaimer: The statements, opinions and data contained in this publication are solely those of the individual authors and contributors and not of the publishers and the editor(s). The appearance of advertisements or/and product references in the publication is not a warranty, endorsement, or approval of the products or services advertised or of their effectiveness, quality or safety. The publisher and the editor(s) disclaim responsibility for any injury to persons or property resulting from any ideas, methods, instructions or products referred to in the content or advertisements.