Complex matrix of values based on number of nodules and diameter of nodules.
Facts & Figures
For more information on the Metroticket calculators, visit the Metroticket Project website.
- The Metroticket calculator was derived by Mazzaferro and colleagues (who also developed the Milan criteria) in 2009 in order to more accurately characterize survival of patients failing to fulfill the Milan criteria.
- Data from 1,556 patients at 36 centers were collected, 1,112 of whom exceeded (did not meet) the Milan criteria. Multivariable Cox regression models were used, with TNM staging specifications, to estimate survival based on the criteria, and an expanded version of the Milan criteria termed the Up-to-Seven criteria (size of largest tumor in cm + number of tumors ≥7) identified patients who did not meet the original Milan criteria but still had similar 5-year survival: 71.2% (95% CI 64.3-77.0) versus 73.3% (95% CI 68.2-77.7).
- The data were collected via a web-based survey that could be filled out at the discretion of the investigators, thus potentially introducing bias.
- The results have been validated in other populations including Chinese patients (Lei 2013) and patients undergoing transplant for Hepatitis B (Raj 2011).
Original/Primary ReferenceMazzaferro V, et al. Predicting survival after liver transplantation in patients with hepatocellular carcinoma beyond the Milan criteria: a retrospective, exploratory analysis. Lancet Oncol. 2009 Jan;10(1):35-43. doi: 10.1016/S1470-2045(08)70284-5. Epub 2008 Dec 4.
ValidationLei J-Y, Wang W-T, Yan L-N. “Metroticket” predictor for assessing liver transplantation to treat hepatocellular carcinoma: A single-center analysis in mainland China. World Journal of Gastroenterology : WJG. 2013;19(44):8093-8098. doi:10.3748/wjg.v19.i44.8093.Raj A, McCall J, Gane E. Validation of the “Metroticket” predictor in a cohort of patients transplanted for predominantly HBV-related hepatocellular carcinoma. J Hepatol. 2011 Nov;55(5):1063-8. doi: 10.1016/j.jhep.2011.01.052. Epub 2011 Feb 25.
About the Creator
Vincenzo Mazzaferro, MD, is a professor of medicine and director of the hepato-gastro-pancretic and liver transplant service at the Insituto Nazionale dei Tumori in Milan. He is one of the founders of the Cancer Insitute of Milan, which was responsible for the development of the Milan Criteria, which has been adopted as a transplant guideline in many countries. He is an avid researcher on transplantation, but also studies treatment of metastatic cancers to the liver and novel treatments of tumors.
To view Dr. Vincenzo Mazzaferro's publications, visit PubMed