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Poster display session

117P - Short-term and long-term outcomes of hepatectomy combined with intraoperative radiofrequency ablation for multiple colorectal liver metastases: A propensity score matching study


23 Nov 2019


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Colon and Rectal Cancer


Wenbai Huang


Annals of Oncology (2019) 30 (suppl_9): ix30-ix41. 10.1093/annonc/mdz421


W. Huang1, Y. Chen1, W. Chang2, Y. Wei2, J. Xu1

Author affiliations

  • 1 Colorectal Cancer Center; Department Of General Surgery, Zhongshan Hospital, Fudan University, 200032 - Shanghai/CN
  • 2 Colorectal Cancer Center; Department Of General Surgery, Zhongshan Hospital, Fudan University, 200010 - shanghai/CN


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Abstract 117P


Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) helps to achieve R0 resection and may provide an alternative treatment for patients with unresectable colorectal liver metastases (CRLM) in combination with surgical resection. However, researches on efficacy and complication risks of hepatectomy combined with intraoperative RFA for multiple colorectal liver metastases (mCRLM) are limited.


From January 2013 and March 2017, patients who underwent hepatectomy alone (HA cohort) or hepatectomy combined with intraoperative RFA (HIR cohort) for mCRLM were retrospectively identified from Zhongshan Hospital affiliated to Fudan University. The mCRLM patients that were given ‘hepatectomy combined with intraoperative RFA’ were matched with those treated with hepatectomy alone via 1:1 propensity score (PS) matching. Recurrence-free survival (RFS) and overall survival (OS) after the initial hepatectomy were compared.


After PSM, 252 patients were included (126 in each group). The HIR cohort had more grade I complications while no difference in higher grade complications (p = 0.231) and postoperative morbidity(p = 0.534) was detected. Total recurrence which includes intrahepatic and extrahepatic recurrence was no significantly difference in HIR cohort compared to HA cohort (p = 0.320). The median total RFS for HIG and HA was 10.47months and 10.7 months respectively (HR = 1.086 95% CI 0.766-1.540). The median OS for HIG and HA was 43.9 months and 46.1 months respectively (HR = 0.986 95% CI 0.648-1.307).


Hepatectomy combined with intraoperative RFA can be safely performed in mCRLM patients without an increased severe risk in the procedure and is representing a beneficial treatment to otherwise inoperable patients. The outcome of hepatectomy combined with intraoperative RFA is even comparable to hepatectomy alone after propensity score matching.

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All authors have declared no conflicts of interest.

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