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Treatment With IFN After Curative Resection of HCC in HCV-Related Cirrhosis

This study has been completed.
Associazione Italiana per la Ricerca sul Cancro
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National Cancer Institute, Milan Identifier:
First received: January 5, 2006
Last updated: NA
Last verified: September 2005
History: No changes posted
We conducted a randomized controlled trial of adjuvant interferon (IFN) therapy in patients with hepatitis-C virus (HCV)-related cirrhosis who underwent curative resection of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) to investigate whether IFN could reduce or delay the incidence of recurrent tumor (secondary/tertiary prevention of HCC). Patients were randomly assigned to treatment with IFN (3MU thrice/wk /48 weeks) vs. no treatment after curative resection of HCC(control group)

Condition Intervention Phase
Hepatocellular Carcinoma Hepatitis C Virus Infection Liver Cirrhosis Interferon Treatment Hepatic Resection Drug: Interferon alpha-2b Phase 3

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Adjuvant α-Interferon Treatment After Resection of Hepatocellular Carcinoma in HCV-Related Cirrhosis: a Randomized Trial on Prevention of Cancer Recurrence

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Further study details as provided by National Cancer Institute, Milan:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Recurrence Free Survival

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Disease Specific Survival
  • Overall Patient Survival

Estimated Enrollment: 150
Study Start Date: June 1998
Estimated Study Completion Date: September 2005
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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 75 Years   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • HCV-RNA positive / HBsAg-negative patients with HCC undergoing potentially curative resection
  • Curative surgery (i.e. no residual tumor intraoperative US and tumor-free margins at pathology)
  • No recurrence 1 month after surgery (CT, NMR, US)
  • Pre-resection treatments allowed (TACE, RFA, PEI)
  • HCV-RNA positive (lower limit of detection: 100 copies/ml) regardless of blood titers or genotype

Exclusion Criteria:

  • HBsAg-positivity
  • Evidence of any active neoplastic site
  • Previous IFN or chemotherapy or treatment of other tumors
  • Severe surgical complication and/or causes of cirrhosis not related to HCV
  • Patient comorbidity (Hb <12 g/dl, HIV infection, autoimmune disease, psychiatric disorder, seizure, severe cardiovascular disease, poorly controlled diabetes, BMI >35)
  • Active alcohol intake (>80 g/day)
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00273247

National Cancer Institute
Milan, Italy, 20133
Sponsors and Collaborators
National Cancer Institute, Milan
Associazione Italiana per la Ricerca sul Cancro
Principal Investigator: Vincenzo Mazzaferro, MD National Cancer Institute, Milan, Italy
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Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number): Identifier: NCT00273247     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: INT-98-016
Study First Received: January 5, 2006
Last Updated: January 5, 2006

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Hepatitis C
Carcinoma, Hepatocellular
Liver Cirrhosis
Virus Diseases
Neoplasms, Glandular and Epithelial
Neoplasms by Histologic Type
Hepatitis, Viral, Human
Flaviviridae Infections
RNA Virus Infections
Liver Diseases
Digestive System Diseases
Liver Neoplasms
Digestive System Neoplasms
Neoplasms by Site
Pathologic Processes
Antineoplastic Agents
Antiviral Agents
Anti-Infective Agents
Immunologic Factors
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