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Stereotactic Body Radiotherapy for Hepatocellular Carcinoma

McPartlin, Andrew J. MD*; Dawson, Laura A. MD*†‡

doi: 10.1097/PPO.0000000000000201

Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is a leading cause of cancer death. Experience with radiotherapy for HCC is increasing. Stereotactic body radiotherapy allows the delivery of tumoricidal doses in 3 to 6 treatments to focal HCC with low rates of toxicity and excellent local control. Stereotactic body radiotherapy can be used to control disease in patients unsuitable for other conventional therapies. How it might optimally be used to improve outcomes, including its use in combination with other therapies, is an area of active research, and further randomized studies are needed. This review discusses the current literature and possible future treatment and research opportunities.

From the *Radiation Medicine Program, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, †Institute of Medical Science, and ‡Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

The authors have disclosed that they have no significant relationships with, or financial interest in, any commercial companies pertaining to this article.

Reprints: Laura A. Dawson, MD, Princess Margaret Hospital, 610 University Ave, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5G 2M9. E-mail:

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