Actual 10-year survival after hepatic resection of colorectal liver metastases: what factors preclude cure?


Journal Article

BACKGROUND: Hepatic resection of colorectal liver metastases is associated with long-term survival. This study analyzes actual 10-year survivors after resection of colorectal liver metastases, reports the observed rate of cure, and identifies factors that preclude cure. METHODS: A single-institution, prospectively maintained database was queried for all initial resections for colorectal liver metastases for the years 1992-2004. Observed cure was defined as actual 10-year survival with either no recurrence or resected recurrence with at least 3 years of disease-free follow-up. Clinical risk score was dichotomized into low (0-2) and high (3-5). Semiparametric proportional hazards mixture cure model was utilized to estimate probability of cure. RESULTS: We included 1,211 patients with a median follow-up for survivors of 11 years. Median disease-specific survival was 4.9 years (95% CI: 4.4-5.3). 295 patients (24.4%) were actual 10-year survivors. The observed cure rate was 20.6% (n = 250). Among 250 cured patients, 192 (76.8%) had no recurrence and 58 (23.2%) had a resected recurrence with at least 3 years of disease-free follow-up. Extrahepatic disease (n = 88), carcinoembryonic antigen >200 ng/mL (n = 119), positive margin (n = 109), and >10 tumors (n = 31) had observed cure rates less than 10%. In cure model analysis, patients with both extrahepatic disease and high clinical risk score (n = 31) had an estimated probability of cure of 3.5%. CONCLUSION: Actual 10-year survival after resection of colorectal liver metastases is 24% with an observed 20% cure rate. Patients with both high clinical risk score and extrahepatic disease have an estimated probability of cure less than 5%. When such factors are identified, strong consideration may be given to preoperative strategies, such as neoadjuvant chemotherapy, to help select patients for surgical therapy.

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Cited Authors

  • Creasy, JM; Sadot, E; Koerkamp, BG; Chou, JF; Gonen, M; Kemeny, NE; Balachandran, VP; Kingham, TP; DeMatteo, RP; Allen, PJ; Blumgart, LH; Jarnagin, WR; D'Angelica, MI

Published Date

  • June 2018

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 163 / 6

Start / End Page

  • 1238 - 1244

PubMed ID

  • 29455841

Pubmed Central ID

  • 29455841

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1532-7361

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.surg.2018.01.004


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States