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World J Gastroenterol. Jun 21, 2016; 22(23): 5384-5392
Published online Jun 21, 2016. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v22.i23.5384
Adjuvant sorafenib after heptectomy for Barcelona Clinic Liver Cancer-stage C hepatocellular carcinoma patients
Feng Xia, Li-Li Wu, Wan-Yee Lau, Hong-Bo Huan, Xu-Dong Wen, Kuan-Sheng Ma, Xiao-Wu Li, Ping Bie
Feng Xia, Li-Li Wu, Hong-Bo Huan, Xu-Dong Wen, Kuan-Sheng Ma, Xiao-Wu Li, Ping Bie, Institute of Hepatobiliary Surgery, Southwest Hospital, Southwest Cancer Center, Third Military Medical University, Chongqing 400038, China
Wan-Yee Lau, Faculty of Medicine, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China
Author contributions: Xia F and Wu LL contributed equally to the study; Xia F, Lau WY and Bie P contributed to study conception and design; Wu LL, Huan HB and Wen XD contributed to acquisition of data; Xia F, Lau WY and Li XW contributed to analysis and interpretation of data; Xia F and Wu LL drafted the manuscript; Lau WY and Bie P made critical revision of the manuscript for important intellectual content; Xia F, Wu LL and Wen XD made statistical analysis; Xia F and Bie P obtained funding and supervised the study.
Supported by Key Laboratory of Tumor Immunology and Pathology of Ministry of Education No. 2012jsz108; and the National Natural Sciences Foundation of China No. 81272224.
Institutional review board statement: This study was carried out with pre-approval given by the Ethics Committee of the Southwest Hospital, in accordance with its conformation to the ethical guidelines of the 1975 Helsinki Declaration.
Informed consent statement: Written informed consent was obtained from all patients for their data to be used for research purposes.
Conflict-of-interest statement: The authors who have taken part in this study declared that they do not have anything to disclose regarding funding or conflict of interest with respect to this manuscript.
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Correspondence to: Feng Xia, MD, PhD, Professor of Surgery, Institute of Hepatobiliary Surgery, Southwest Hospital, Southwest Cancer Center, Third Military Medical University, No. 30 Gaotanyanzhengjie, Chongqing 400038, China.
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Received: March 4, 2016
Peer-review started: March 7, 2016
First decision: March 21, 2016
Revised: March 27, 2016
Accepted: April 20, 2016
Article in press: April 20, 2016
Published online: June 21, 2016
Core Tip

Core tip: Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) has a 5-year recurrence rate reaching 80%-90% even after potentially curative treatment. Therefore, it is extremely important to prevent recurrence for the prognosis of HCC patients. Sorafenib is the only approved treatment for patients with advanced HCC. Thus, based on the action of sorafenib, namely inhibition of tumor cell proliferation and angiogenesis, there is rationale for the study of sorafenib as an adjuvant therapy in HCC. It is essential to investigate the efficacy and safety of adjuvant sorafenib administered following curative resection in patients with Barcelona Clinic Liver Cancer-stage C HCC.