DECEBAL FODOR, BOGDAN ANDREI SUCIU, IOAN JUNG, SIMONA GURZU, TAMAS-CSABA SIPOS, ATTILA DOROS, LASZLO KOBORITRANSARTERIAL CHEMOEMBOLIZATION (TACE) WITH LIPIODOL® IN HCC PATIENTS TECHNICAL, CLINICAL AND IMAGISTIC ASPECTS Hepatocellurar carcinoma (HCC) is the most frequent primary hepatic tumor, the vast majority of patients have less than a 12 month survival rate. The aim of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of TACE in patients with HCC, based on a case series and literature review. The study included 12 consecutive patients with HCC who underwent surgical treatment (resection, liver transplantation ± resection) at the Department of Transplantation and Surgery, Semmelweis University, Budapest, during 2009-2015. All the patients received at least one TACE session. Patients with BCLC B-stage who benefit from TACE and another alternative therapy (eg, RFA) may be associated with or exhibit tumor stagnation, or tumor necrosis in most cases. In C BCLC stages, desperate cases - the two patients to whom TACE was the last therapeutic attitude, despite the predicted prognosis, TACE assured the prolongation of life and increased life quality. In the majority of patients in this study, stage A BCLC, chemoembolization was a therapeutic attitude that allowed subsequent liver transplantation (when it was not feasible initially due to tumor size) or liver resection in apparently inoperable cases. The arterial chemotherapy is the unanimously accepted indication in patients with stage B, BCLC. The data presented encourages us to opt for TACE with the intention of destaging BCLC and giving an operability character to the hepatic tumors (resection ± hepatic transplantation). In stage C BCLC, TACE can be a last attempt to improve the quality of life and to control tumor progression.