Journal of Gastrointestinal Cancer

, Volume 48, Issue 3, pp 276–280 | Cite as

HCC Locoregional Therapies: Yttrium-90 (Y-90) Selective Internal Radiation Therapy (SIRT)

  • İsa Burak GüneyEmail author
Review Article


Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is the most common primary liver malignancy and the third cause of cancer death globally with most deaths occurring within 1 year of diagnosis. HCC is the sixth most common malignancy worldwide [1, 2, 3]. Transplantation and resection remain the only potentially curative options [4]. Locoregional therapies such as chemoembolization (TACE) and radiofrequency ablation have an established palliative role in select patients [5, 6, 7, 8, 9]. Targeted molecular therapies now have a recognized role, with sorafenib demonstrating improved survival in patients with advanced HCC [10, 11].

Selective internal radiation (SIRT) treatment with Y-90 Microsphere goals are to increase the time to progression, extend overall survival, potentially downsize or downstage tumors for liver resection, ablation or transplantation, and provide palliation of symptoms. Y-90 Microsphere is a high-energy beta-emitting isotope with no primary gamma emission. The maximum...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Nuclear Medicine Department, Faculty of MedicineÇukurova UniversityAdanaTurkey

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