Treatment of primary liver tumors with Yttrium-90 microspheres (TheraSphere) in high risk patients: analysis of survival and toxicities.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

This retrospective study was undertaken to obtain information regarding the survival and toxicities after Yttrium-90 microspheres treatment in patients with primary liver malignancies. Baseline, treatment, and follow-up data were collected and analyzed for 21 patients treated with Yttrium-90 microspheres. Survival analysis was then performed. The results of this study showed that median survival for all the patients was 120 days. Twenty of 21 patients were categorized as high-risk with a median survival of 114 days. It was also found that one high-risk patient has survived 858 days with no recurrence of disease. Acute grade 3-5 toxicities were recorded for nine patients and consisted of elevations in AST and bilirubin, thrombocytopenia, abdominal pain, ascites, nausea, fatigue, and death. This study concluded that Yttrium-90 is a low-toxicity, outpatient alternative for individuals with liver cancer and without many options. The maximal value, however, may lie in the treatment of low-risk patients.

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Cited Authors

  • Reardon, KA; McIntosh, AF; Shilling, AT; Hagspiel, KD; Al-Osaimi, A; Berg, C; Caldwell, SH; Northup, PG; Angle, F; Mulder, R; Rich, TA

Published Date

  • February 2009

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 8 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 71 - 77

PubMed ID

  • 19166244

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1533-0346

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1177/153303460900800109


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States