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Combined measurement of preoperative α-fetoprotein and des-γ-carboxy prothrombin predicts recurrence after curative resection in patients with hepatitis-B-related hepatocellular carcinoma.

 Young Eun Chon  ;  Gi Hong Choi  ;  Myoung Ha Lee  ;  Seung Up Kim  ;  Do Young Kim  ;  Sang Hoon Ahn  ;  Kyung Sik Kim  ;  in Sub Choi  ;  Kwang-Hyub Han  ;  Chae Yoon Chon  ;  Jun Yong Park 
 International Journal of Cancer, Vol.131(10) : 2332-2341, 2012 
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 International Journal of Cancer 
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Alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) and des-γ-carboxy prothrombin (DCP) are widely used complementary tumor markers for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). In this study, we investigated whether preoperative AFP and DCP levels predict recurrence after curative resection in patients with hepatitis B virus (HBV)-related HCC. Records for 267 patients who were diagnosed with HBV-related HCC and who underwent curative resection for HCC were retrospectively reviewed. Patients were divided into two preoperative groups: pre-op I (AFP ≥ 20 ng/dL and DCP ≥ 40 mAU/mL) and pre-op II (AFP ≥ 20 ng/dL and DCP <40 mAU/mL; AFP <20 ng/dL and DCP ≥ 40 mAU/mL; or AFP <20 ng/dL and DCP <40 mAU/mL). Among 267 patients, 102 (38.2%) patients were classified as pre-op I, whereas the other 165 (61.8%) belonged to pre-op II. During the post-resection follow-up [69.0 (3.0-136.0) months] period, 154 (57.7%) patients developed recurrences [68 (66.7%) patients in pre-op I vs. 86 (52.1%) in pre-op II, p = 0.029]. A multivariate analysis revealed that multiple tumors [hazard ratio (HR), 2.210; 95% confidence interval (CI), 1.185-4.121] and pre-op I (HR: 1.890; 95% CI; 1.080-3.289) were significant predictors for recurrence. Disease-free survival (DFS) was significantly shorter in pre-op I compared to that in pre-op II (20.0 vs. 46.8 months, p = 0.006). Elevated preoperative AFP and DCP levels were associated with a higher recurrence rate and shorter DFS in patients with HBV-related HCC after curative resection. The combined measurement of preoperative AFP and DCP may be a prognostic factor for future recurrence.
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김경식(Kim, Kyung Sik) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9498-284X
김도영(Kim, Do Young)
김승업(Kim, Seung Up) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9658-8050
박준용(Park, Jun Yong) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6324-2224
안상훈(Ahn, Sang Hoon) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3629-4624
이명하(Lee, Myoung Ha)
전영은(Chon, Young Eun)
전재윤(Chon, Chae Yoon)
최기홍(Choi, Gi Hong) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1593-3773
최진섭(Choi, Jin Sub)
한광협(Han, Kwang-Hyub) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3960-6539
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