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Atezolizumab+bevacizumab: A better first-line treatment option for unresectable HCC than lenvatinib


Key clinical point: Atezolizumab plus bevacizumab (Atezo/Bev) is a more effective and safe first-line therapy than lenvatinib in patients with unresectable hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC).

Major finding: Patients who received Atezo/Bev vs lenvatinib had a significantly longer progression-free survival (8.3 vs 6.0 months; P = .005) and overall survival (median survival time not reached vs 20.2 months; P = .039) and lower prevalence of grade ≥3 adverse events, such as hypertension ( P = .004) and proteinuria ( P = .046).

Study details: This retrospective study propensity score-matched patients with unresectable HCC who received Atezo/Bev (n = 152) with those who received lenvatinib (n = 152) as first-line systemic therapies.

Disclosures: This study did not receive any funding. The authors declared no conflicts of interest.

Source: Niizeki T et al. Comparison of efficacy and safety of atezolizumab plus bevacizumab and lenvatinib as first-line therapy for unresectable hepatocellular carcinoma: A propensity score matching analysis. Target Oncol. 2022 (Oct 22). Doi: 10.1007/s11523-022-00921-x

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