International Journal of Clinical Oncology

, Volume 20, Issue 4, pp 745–754 | Cite as

Hepatic arterial infusion chemotherapy with fine-powder cisplatin and iodized-oil suspension in patients with intermediate-stage and advanced-stage (Barcelona Clinic Liver Cancer stage-B or stage-C) hepatocellular carcinoma: multicenter phase-II clinical study

  • Haruyuki TakakiEmail author
  • Koichiro Yamakado
  • Masakatsu Tsurusaki
  • Taku Yasumoto
  • Yasutaka Baba
  • Yoshiaki Narimatsu
  • Masashi Shimohira
  • Masato Yamaguchi
  • Kunihiro Matsuo
  • Yoshitaka Inaba
  • Koji Mikami
  • Ryohei Watanabe
  • Norifumi Nishida
  • Hiroshi Anai
  • Hideaki Kakizawa
  • Shozo Hirota
Original Article



This single-arm, multicenter, phase-II trial evaluated the efficacy and safety of hepatic arterial infusion chemotherapy (HAIC) using fine-powder cisplatin and iodized-oil suspension in patients with intermediate- and advanced-stage [Barcelona Clinic Liver Cancer (BCLC) stage-B and stage-C] hepatocellular carcinomas (HCCs).


The Institutional Review Board approved this study and patients provided written informed consent. Thirty-five patients (24 men and 11 women, mean 74 ± 6 years [range 60–87 years]) with BCLC stage-B (57 %, 20/35) or stage-C (43 %, 15/35) HCCs who were not candidates for other locoregional treatments were enrolled. HAIC was performed using a suspension of fine-powder cisplatin with a maximum dose of 65 mg/m2 and iodized oil on demand. The primary endpoint was the response rate evaluated based on Response Evaluation Criteria in Solid Tumor (RECIST) and modified RECIST (mRECIST). Secondary endpoints were overall survival, progression-free survival, and safety.


The initial and best overall response rates at 4 weeks and 3 months, respectively, were 14 and 17 % based on RECIST, and 57 and 23 % based on mRECIST. The median overall and progression-free survival times were 18 and 4 months, respectively. The most frequent grade-3 or grade-4 adverse events were elevation of serum alanine (23 %) and aspartate aminotransferase (20 %), and thrombocytopenia (17 %).


This HAIC provides promising therapeutic effects with acceptable safety to patients with intermediate-stage and advanced-stage HCCs.


Hepatic arterial infusion chemotherapy Fine-powder cisplatin Iodized oil Hepatocellular carcinomas 



This work was supported by JSPS KAKENHI Grant Number 23591816. We thank the members of Institute of Human Research Promotion and Drug Development (Dr. Masakatsu Nishikawa, Dr. Satoshi Tamaru, and Dr. Tomomi Yamada) for their support with the data management and advice related to statistical methods. We also thank the members of the study committee for safety and efficacy monitoring (Dr. Shigeaki Narimatsu and Dr. Tsuneo Ishiguchi) and the members of the committee for efficacy evaluation (Dr. Hiroshi Kondo, Dr. Yozo Sato, and Dr. Hideyuki Nishiofuku).

Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Haruyuki Takaki
    • 1
    • 16
    Email author
  • Koichiro Yamakado
    • 1
  • Masakatsu Tsurusaki
    • 2
  • Taku Yasumoto
    • 3
  • Yasutaka Baba
    • 4
  • Yoshiaki Narimatsu
    • 5
  • Masashi Shimohira
    • 6
  • Masato Yamaguchi
    • 7
  • Kunihiro Matsuo
    • 8
  • Yoshitaka Inaba
    • 9
  • Koji Mikami
    • 10
  • Ryohei Watanabe
    • 11
  • Norifumi Nishida
    • 12
  • Hiroshi Anai
    • 13
  • Hideaki Kakizawa
    • 14
  • Shozo Hirota
    • 15
  1. 1.Department of RadiologyMie University School of MedicineMieJapan
  2. 2.Department of RadiologyShimane University Faculty of MedicineIzumoJapan
  3. 3.Department of RadiologyToyonaka Municipal HospitalToyonakaJapan
  4. 4.Department of RadiologyKagoshima UniversityKagoshimaJapan
  5. 5.Department of RadiologyKawasaki Municipal HospitalKawasakiJapan
  6. 6.Department of RadiologyNagoya City University Graduate School of Medical SciencesNagoyaJapan
  7. 7.Center for Endovascular TherapyKobe University Graduate School of MedicineKobeJapan
  8. 8.Department of RadiologyNarumi HospitalHirosakiJapan
  9. 9.Department of Diagnostic and Interventional RadiologyAichi Cancer Center HospitalNagoyaJapan
  10. 10.Department of RadiologySuita Municipal HospitalSuitaJapan
  11. 11.Department of SurgeryMatsuyama Shimin HospitalMatsuyamaJapan
  12. 12.Department of RadiologyOsaka City University Graduate School of MedicineOsakaJapan
  13. 13.Department of RadiologyNara Medical UniversityKashiwaraJapan
  14. 14.Department of Diagnostic Radiology, Graduate School of Biomedical SciencesHiroshima UniversityHiroshimaJapan
  15. 15.Department of RadiologyHyogo College of MedicineNishinomiyaJapan
  16. 16.Department of Interventional RadiologyMie University School of MedicineTsuJapan

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