A comparison of regional and systemic chemotherapy for hepatic metastases.
Goldberg JA., Kerr DJ., Stewart I., McArdle CS.
A 48-year-old man with colorectal liver metastases underwent insertion of an hepatic arterial infusion catheter for regional chemotherapy. Postoperative hepatic arterial perfusion scintigraphy showed that only part of the liver was being perfused by this route. Chemotherapy was administered weekly via the catheter. In effect, part of the liver received regional chemotherapy, whereas the remainder of the organ was exposed to systemic chemotherapy. Ultrasonography demonstrated shrinkage of the metastases in the area of liver receiving regional therapy, whereas disease progression occurred in the region of liver receiving 'systemic' treatment. This patient demonstrates that tumour may respond to regional chemotherapy despite disease progression on systemic therapy and suggests that a controlled trial would yield valuable data.