Mixed hepatocellular and cholangiocarcinoma: a rare tumor with a mix of parent phenotypic characteristics

John R. Bergquist, Ryan T. Groeschl, Tommy Ivanics, Christopher R. Shubert, Elizabeth B. Habermann, Michael L. Kendrick, Michael B. Farnell, David M. Nagorney, Mark J. Truty, Rory L. Smoot

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Background Intrahepatic lesions of mixed hepatocellular (HCC) and intrahepatic cholangiocellular carcinoma (ICC) histology are rare. The aim was to describe the natural history of these tumors relative to monomorphic ICC or HCC utilizing the National Cancer Data Base (NCDB). Methods Patients with ICC, HCC, and mixed histology (cHCC-CCA) were identified in the NCDB (2004–2012). Inter-group comparisons were made. Kaplan–Meier and multivariable Cox Proportional Hazards analyzed overall survival. Results The query identified 90,499 patients with HCC; 14,463 with ICC; and 1141 with cHCC-CCA histology. Patients with cHCC-CCA histology were relatively young (61 vs. 62 (HCC, p = 0.877) and 67 (ICC, p < 0.001) years) and more likely to have poorly differentiated tumor (29.2% vs. 10.3% (HCC) and 17.2% (ICC) p < 0.001). Median overall survival for cHCC-CCA was 7.9 months vs. 10.8 (HCC) and 8.2 (ICC, all p < 0.001). Stage-specific survival for mixed histology tumors was most similar to that of HCC for all stages. cHCC-CCA were transplanted at a relatively high rate, and transplant outcomes for mixed tumors were substantially worse than for HCC lesions. Discussion cHCC-CCA demonstrate stage-specific survival similar to HCC, but post-surgical survival more consistent with ICC. Patients with a pre-operative diagnosis of cHCC-CCA should undergo resection when appropriate.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)886-892
Number of pages7
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 1 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hepatology
  • Gastroenterology


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