Transarterial chemoembolization using 40 µm drug eluting beads for hepatocellular carcinoma
Giorgio Greco, Tommaso Cascella, Rodolfo Lanocita, Carlo Morosi, Marta Vaiani, Giuseppina Calareso, Francesca G Greco, Alfonso V Marchianò, Carlo Spreafico, Department of Radiology, Interventional Radiology, Nuclear Medicine and Radiotherapy, National Cancer Institute, 20133 Milan, Italy
Antonio Facciorusso, Gastroenterology Unit, Ospedali Riuniti Foggia, University of Foggia, 71122 Foggia, Italy
Roberto Nani, Antonio Ragnanese, Radiology and Interventional Radiology Unit, Azienda Ospedaliera Giovanni Paolo XXIII, 24128 Bergamo, Italy
Marco A Bongini, Vincenzo Mazzaferro, Hepato-biliary Surgery and Liver Transplantation Unit, National Cancer Institute, 20133 Milan, Italy
Author contributions: Greco G collected data, performed the research, wrote the manuscript and made the revision; Greco G, Cascella T, Lanocita R, Morosi C, Marchianò AV, Spreafico C and Nani R performed TACEs and designed the study; Ragnanese A, Calareso G, Vaiani M and Greco FG collected data; Facciorusso A performed statistical analysis; Bongini MA and Mazzaferro V selected the patients, performed clinical support and follow-up, performed liver transplantation; Greco G and Spreafico C evaluated imaging follow-up; Spreafico C supervised the report.
Institutional review board statement: The study was reviewed and approved by the Ethics Committee of the National Cancer Institute of Milan.
Informed consent statement: Patients were not required to give informed consent to the study because the analysis used anonymous clinical data that were obtained after each patient agreed to treatment by written consent.
Conflict-of-interest statement: We have no financial relationships to disclose.
Data sharing statement: No additional data are available.
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Correspondence to: Giorgio Greco, MD, Department of Radiology, Interventional Radiology, Nuclear Medicine and Radiotherapy, National Cancer Institute, Via Giacomo Venezian 1, 20133 Milan, Italy. email@example.com
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Received: December 10, 2016
Peer-review started: December 13, 2016
First decision: January 16, 2017
Revised: February 23, 2017
Accepted: March 12, 2017
Article in press: March 13, 2017
Published online: May 28, 2017