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Gastroenterology Research and Practice
Volume 2015, Article ID 715102, 6 pages
Clinical Study

Real-Life Report on Chemoembolization Using DEBIRI for Liver Metastases from Colorectal Cancer

1Segal Cancer Centre, JGH, McGill University, Canada
2Radiology, McGill University Health Centre, Canada
3Hepatobiliary Surgery, McGill University Health Centre, Canada
4Oncology, McGill University Health Centre, Canada

Received 5 August 2014; Revised 11 February 2015; Accepted 12 February 2015

Academic Editor: Paolo Gionchetti

Copyright © 2015 M. Stutz et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Background. Transarterial chemoembolization (TACE) has been investigated in patients with liver metastases from colorectal cancer (LMCRC). Limited experience and available data suggest that TACE can achieve disease stabilization or improvement, even in heavily pretreated patients. Methods. Patients with LMCRC, ECOG 0–2, who failed at least 1 line of systemic chemotherapy, received embolizations with 2 mL of microspheres preloaded with 100 mg of irinotecan. Beads were delivered selectively into hepatic arteries. Primary endpoint was overall survival (OS), analyzed using the Kaplan-Meier method. Secondary endpoint was safety, assessed using CTCAE version 4.0. Results. 27 patients were treated using DEBIRI. Patient median age was 57 years (range was 45–82 years). The median number of total embolizations was 1.3 (range 1–3). The median OS was 5.4 months (95% CI; 1.1–22.7 months). The most reported postembolization events were nausea (8/27), vomiting (6/27), right upper quadrant pain (16/27), fatigue (9/27), and the development of ascites (6/27). 5/26 patients required hospitalization after TACE for severe pain. Hospitalization was also required for 1 case of allergic reaction and 1 case of infection. Conclusion. Our data suggest that TACE with DEBIRI could be efficacious in a palliative setting for patients with LMCRC, but they do not necessarily support routine use in clinical practice.