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The efficacy of transcatheter arterial chemoembolization and traditional chinese medicinal herbs for treating advanced hepatocellular carcinoma

Liu Chuanqi.Department of Medical Imaging,Shandong Provincial Sishuixian People's Hospital,Shandong Province Sishuixian 273200,China  
Objective To assess the efficacy of transcatheter arterial chemoembolizatim(TACE)plus traditional Chinese medicinal hers (TCMH)in the treatment of advanced hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC).Methods Seventy patients with advanced HCC confirmed by clinicalhy comprehensive examinations underwent the combination therapy of TACE and TCMH.All patients were followed-up for one to five years after the combination therapy.Results The clinical symptoms in all patients were improved markedly and their survival rate was 67.1%,52.8%,41.4%,21.4%,and 8.5%at 1,2,3,4,and 5 years after the combination therapy,respectively.Conclusion For the treatment of advanced HCC,the combination of TACE and TCMH is not only very efficient but is safe,reliable and less painful so that it is worth clinically expansive application.
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