[Clinical study of combined Chinese herbal medicine with move stripe field radiation in treating primary hepatocellular carcinoma]

Zhongguo Zhong Xi Yi Jie He Za Zhi. 1997 Aug;17(8):465-6.
[Article in Chinese]


Objective: To find a more effective treatment of primary hepatocellular carcinoma by using combined therapy of Chinese herbal medicine with radiotherapy.

Methods: Prospective study was conducted with double-blind method on prognosis of patients treated with combined therapy of Xuefu Zhuyu decoction and move stripe field radiation on entire liver. A control group was established and treated with placebo and radiotherapy.

Results: The 1-, 3- and 5-year survival rates of the test group were higher than those of the control group by 20.0%, 23.4% and 16.6% respectively. The remote metastatic rate of the two groups were not different significantly.

Conclusions: Xuefu Zhuyu decoction showed coordinative effect with radiotherapy on antitumor, it could enhance the radiosensitivity of liver cancer cells, increase the radiation tolerance of normal hepatocytes and reduce the side effect of radiotherapy.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • English Abstract
  • Randomized Controlled Trial

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Carcinoma, Hepatocellular / therapy*
  • Cobalt Radioisotopes / therapeutic use
  • Combined Modality Therapy
  • Double-Blind Method
  • Drugs, Chinese Herbal / therapeutic use*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Liver Neoplasms / therapy*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Prospective Studies
  • Radioisotope Teletherapy / methods
  • Radiotherapy, High-Energy


  • Cobalt Radioisotopes
  • Drugs, Chinese Herbal