Annals of Surgical Oncology

, Volume 23, Issue 4, pp 1327–1334 | Cite as

Long-Term Follow-Up Evaluation of 68 Patients with Uveal Melanoma Liver Metastases Treated with Isolated Hepatic Perfusion

  • Ilan Ben-Shabat
  • Valerio Belgrano
  • Lars Ny
  • Jonas Nilsson
  • Per Lindnér
  • Roger Olofsson Bagge
Hepatobiliary Tumors



This report describes the outcomes and long-term follow-up data from all isolated hepatic perfusions (IHPs) performed at a single institution in Sweden between the years 1989 and 2013 for patients with isolated uveal melanoma metastases.


A total of 68 patients (median age, 61 years) were treated consecutively at Sahlgrenska University Hospital. Of the 68 patients, 67 % had fewer than 10 tumors. The median diameter of the largest lesion was 2.5 cm. The patients underwent IHP with either melphalan alone or the addition of either tumor necrosis factor-alpha or cisplatin. The response was assessed after 8–12 weeks by computed tomography or magnetic resonance imaging.


The overall response rate was 67 and 20 % of the patients had a complete response. The median times to local and systemic progression were respectively 10 and 14 months. The prognostic factors for time to local recurrence were response and number of tumors. The median survival time was 22 months. The prognostic factors for survival were response, largest tumor diameter, and number of tumors. Five patients (7 %) died within 30 days, and six patients (9 %) experienced major complications (Clavien–Dindo 3/4).


Isolated hepatic perfusion is a treatment option with high response rates and tolerable mortality and morbidity. Whether IHP has a survival benefit compared with other treatment options currently is being investigated in a randomized trial.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ilan Ben-Shabat
    • 1
  • Valerio Belgrano
    • 1
  • Lars Ny
    • 2
  • Jonas Nilsson
    • 3
  • Per Lindnér
    • 4
  • Roger Olofsson Bagge
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Surgery, Institute of Clinical Sciences, Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of GothenburgSahlgrenska University HospitalGothenburgSweden
  2. 2.Department of Oncology, Institute of Clinical Sciences, Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of GothenburgSahlgrenska University HospitalGothenburgSweden
  3. 3.Sahlgrenska Cancer Center, The Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of GothenburgSahlgrenska University HospitalGothenburgSweden
  4. 4.Transplant Institute, Institute of Clinical Sciences, Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of GothenburgSahlgrenska University HospitalGothenburgSweden

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