Plain English Summary of "Downstaging and resection after neoadjuvant therapy for fibrolamellar hepatocellular carcinoma"
Published June 2014 in World Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery
This case report describes a 35-year-old, previously healthy female patient who was diagnosed with an unresectable FL-HCC mass due to its invasion into the major blood vessels of the liver. The best treatment option for FL-HCC is surgical resection. The patient was unable to go to surgery initially and was started on Gemcitabine-Oxaliplatin (GEMOX) chemotherapy every 2 weeks for 11 months. The patient had CT Scans or MRI scans every 4 months for staging purposes. The patient’s tumor significantly reduced in size in response to chemotherapy allowing her to go on to surgery where a part of the right lobe of the liver, part of the inferior vena cava (IVC), and lymph nodes were resected.
--Dr. Benjamin Farber
Fibrolamellar Registry Scientific Advisory Board