Table 2

Objective responses after TACE and correlation with tumor marker responses
Radiologic response AFP response P value DCP response P value
AFP responder AFP non-responder DCP responder DCP non-responder
(n = 91, 79.1%) (n = 24, 20.9%) (n = 77, 66.9%) (n = 38, 33.1%)
WHO criteria 0.196 0.308
Complete response 0 (0) 0 (0) 0 (0) 0 (0)
Partial response 17 (18.7) 3 (12.5) 11 (14.3) 9 (23.7)
Stable disease 71 (78.0) 18 (75.0) 63 (81.8) 26 (68.4)
Progressive disease 3 (3.3) 3 (12.5) 3 (3.9) 3 (7.9)
mRECIST criteria
Complete response 70 (76.9) 13 (54.2) 0.045 55 (71.4) 28 (73.7) 0.298
Partial response 11 (12.1) 3 (12.5) 12 (15.6) 2 (5.3)
Stable disease 3 (3.3) 3 (12.5) 4 (5.2) 2 (5.3)
Progressive disease 7 (7.7) 5 (20.8) 6 (7.8) 6 (15.7)

Variables are expressed as n (%).

AFP, alpha-fetoprotein; DCP, des gamma carboxy prothrombin; WHO, World health organization; mRECIST, modified Response Evaluation Criteria in Solid Tumor.

Lee et al.

Lee et al. BMC Cancer 2013 13:5   doi:10.1186/1471-2407-13-5

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