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Plain English summary of "Radiotherapy for Metastatic Fibrolamellar Hepatocellular Carcinoma"

Published in Rare Tumors, July 2013

This is a case report of a 28-year-old Caucasian female who was found to have Fibrolamellar HCC in the left lobe of the liver on a CT scan. The patient’s chest images did not reveal any metastases.  The patient underwent surgical resection in which doctors removed the primary tumor with negative margins. Three out of 6 lymph nodes were found to be positive for cancer. Three months after surgery, imaging was negative for metastases and alpha-fetoprotein levels (AFP) normalized. The patient was later found to have recurrences and had surgery again.  Twenty-two months post surgery, the patient developed new masses in the chest and was treated with radiation and chemotherapy. While the patient was on radiation therapy, the patient’s tumor decreased in size. After radiation therapy was completed, however, the lesions continued to progress on chemotherapy.