A successful case of preoperative intermittent hepatic arterial infusion of high-dose 5-FU and pharmacokinetic modulating chemotherapy against unresectable liver metastasis of colon cancer

M. Inagaki, Takahito Yagi, Y. Shima, H. Sadamori, T. Kawashima, H. Uetsuka, T. Morichika, K. Hamazaki, N. Tanaka

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A 46-year-old adult who underwent a sigmoidectomy for sigmoid colon cancer at the age of 44 was found to have a liver tumor 2 years after the first operation. His CEA was elevated to 158.8 ng/ml. An abdominal CT showed a huge mass of 10 x 7 x 7 cm in the anterior segment of right lobe of the liver invading into segment 4 and 7, which compressed the left hepatic vein and the umbilical portion of the portal vein. We diagnosed an unresectable liver metastasis of sigmoid colon cancer. Intermittent hepatic arterial infusion of high-dose 5-FU was started on a weekly schedule and oral UFT was added as pharmacokinetic modulating chemotherapy 4 weeks after the initial chemotherapy. Chemotherapy was continued for 13 weeks and the tumor shrunk up to 64%. An extended right hepatectomy was performed. Pathological examination showed residual cancer cells in the central part of the tumor, but fibrous degeneration and calcification were observed in the surrounding area and considered to be the effect of chemotherapy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1830-1833
Number of pages4
JournalGan to kagaku ryoho. Cancer & chemotherapy
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2000


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cancer Research
  • Pharmacology

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