Intraperitoneal 5-fluorouracil in the management of colorectal liver cancer

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Twenty-five patients with colorectal liver metastases had a subcutaneous portal connection with a peritoneal catheter implanted for the intraperitoneal (i.p.) administration of 5-fluorouracil (5-FU). In five patients, the malignant disease rapidly progressed and the implanted catheter system was never used. Among the remaining 20 patients, seven patients had i.p. 5-FU as adjuvant treatment following liver resection and 13 patients received palliative chemotherapy (5-FU) owing to unresectable liver metastases. 5-FU was administered on a regular basis every 4 to 6 weeks by continuous infusion of 1000 mg/day (approximately 15 mg/kg/day) for 5 days. In seven patients, i.p. chemotherapy was managed on an outpatient basis. In general, i.p. 5-FU treatment was well tolerated with only minor abdominal complaints during the initial treatments. No definite effect on survival has been noted. All patients (n = 13) receiving palliative i.p. 5-FU died after a median of 4 (range 1.5-18) months. Two patients receiving adjuvant chemotherapy died owing to recurrence after 20 and 23 months, while five patients are alive, two with recurrent disease and three without, after 14-35 months.


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  • Surgery
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)152-155
JournalEuropean Journal of Surgical Oncology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1992
Publication categoryResearch

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The information about affiliations in this record was updated in December 2015. The record was previously connected to the following departments: Reconstructive Surgery (013240300)