Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is difficult to diagnose at an early stage, and its prognosis is generally poor. Sorafenib is the primary treatment for unresectable advanced HCC and targets multiple receptor tyrosine kinases. However, sorafenib only extends the average survival time by 3 months. This observation indicates that sorafenib may need to be combined with other treatments to further improve outcomes. We previously showed that combination of sorafenib with radiotherapy (RT) enhances tumor inhibition in subcutaneous HCC mouse models compared with monotherapy. The present study demon- strated that combining sorafenib and RT could suppress tumor growth in an orthotopic HCC model by regulating apoptosis and NF-κB-related pathways. Moreover, decreased numbers of visible liver tumors and a smaller percentage of spleen metastases were found in the combi- nation group. A transient drop in body weight was initially observed after RT, but progressive recovery of body weight occurred. The current study showed that the combination of sorafenib and RT could be a safe strategy for HCC treatment.
- Hepatocellular carcinoma
- Orthotopic mouse model