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We read with interest the article of recent advances in clinical practice of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) treatment by Bruix et al in Gut. 1 In this review, the Barcelona Clinic Liver Cancer (BCLC) Group recommended sorafenib as the standard treatment for BCLC-C stage (advanced stage) HCC. However, application of sorafenib as first treatment for advanced HCC worldwide was low according to a multiregional, large-scale, longitudinal cohort study.2 This may be attributed to some limitations of sorafenib: low response rate, modest survival advantage, complex mechanism underlying acquired resistance and high-level heterogeneity of individual response.3 4 Recently, evidence from an individual patient data meta-analysis of phase III randomised controlled trial showed no improvement in overall survival attributable to sorafenib for HBV-related HCC.5 Therefore, more alternative strategies are highly required.6
Hepatic arterial infusion (HAI) chemotherapy (HAIC) attracted more attentions in recent years due to high response rates and …
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