A systematic review of a liver-first approach in patients with colorectal cancer and synchronous colorectal liver metastases

Vincent W. T. Lam*, Jerome M. Laurence, Tony Pang, Emma Johnston, Michael J. Hollands, Henry C. C. Pleass, Arthur J. Richardson

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Abstract

Background: Since the liver metastases rather than the colorectal cancer itself is the main determinant of patient's survival, the 'Liver-First Approach (LFA)' with upfront chemotherapy followed by a hepatic resection of colorectal liver metastases (CLM) and finally a colorectal cancer resection was proposed. The aim of this review was to analyse the evidence for LFA in patients with colorectal cancer and synchronous CLM. Methods: A literature search of databases (MEDLINE and EMBASE) to identify published studies of LFA in patients with colorectal cancer and synchronous CLM was undertaken focussing on the peri-operative regimens of LFA and survival outcomes. Results: Three observational studies and one retrospective cohort study were included for review. A total of 121 patients with colorectal cancer and synchronous CLM were selected for LFA. Pre-operative chemotherapy was used in 99% of patients. One hundred and twelve of the initial 121 patients (93%) underwent a hepatic resection of CLM. In total, 60% had a major liver resection and the R0 resection rate was 93%. Post-operative morbidity and mortality after the hepatic resection were 20% and 1%, respectively. Ultimately, 89 of the initial 121 (74%) patients underwent a colorectal cancer resection. Post-operative morbidity and mortality after a colorectal resection were 50% and 6%, respectively. The median overall survival was 40 months (range 19-50) with a recurrence rate of 52%. Conclusions: Current evidence suggests that LFA is safe and feasible in selected patients with colorectal cancer and synchronous CLM. Future studies are required to further define patient selection criteria for LFA and the exact role of LFA in the management of synchronous CLM.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)101-108
Number of pages8
JournalHPB
Volume16
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2014
Externally publishedYes

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    Lam, V. W. T., Laurence, J. M., Pang, T., Johnston, E., Hollands, M. J., Pleass, H. C. C., & Richardson, A. J. (2014). A systematic review of a liver-first approach in patients with colorectal cancer and synchronous colorectal liver metastases. HPB, 16(2), 101-108. https://doi.org/10.1111/hpb.12083