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Many clinical studies have demonstrated the survival benefits of oxaliplatin-based chemotherapy for advanced hepatocellular carcinoma patients. Therefore, we aim to evaluate the efficacy and safety of oxaliplatin-based chemotherapy in patients with advanced hepatocellular carcinoma by conducting a meta-analysis of prospective studies.A comprehensive literature search was performed using the PubMed, Cochrane Library, EMBASE, and Web of Science databases from their inception to June 2016. Only prospective studies evaluating oxaliplatin-based chemotherapy in patients with advanced hepatocellular carcinoma were selected. The main outcomes included objective response rate (ORR), progression-free survival (PFS), overall survival (OS), and main adverse events.Ten prospective studies involving 525 patients were included. The pooled ORR, 1-year PFS, and OS were 14.4% (95% confidence interval [CI] 9.2–19.6%), 9.3% (95%CI 10–28%), and 35.7% (95%CI 27–44%), respectively, for oxaliplatin-based chemotherapy. The median PFS and OS were 4.7 and 9.4 months, respectively. The incidences of grade 3/4 toxicities of neutropenia, thrombopenia, anemia, neurotoxicity, diarrhea, and nausea/vomiting were 17.2%, 9.2%, 6.0%, 4.8%, 3.1%, and 1.8%, respectively. Subgroup analysis revealed that the pooled ORR was 13.9% (95%CI 6.8–21%) in Asian patients and 12.8% (95%CI 6.8–18.7%) in Western patients. For Asian patients, the median PFS and OS were 4.2 and 9.2 months, and the 1-year PFS and OS were 12.5% and 30.5%, respectively. For Western patients, the median PFS and OS were 4.7 and 9.5 months, and the 1-year PFS and OS were 19.6% and 42.4%, respectively. There were no significant differences in the ORR, 1-year PFS, and OS (P > 0.05) between Asian and Western patients.Oxaliplatin-based chemotherapy appears to be effective and safe for the treatment of advanced hepatocellular carcinoma.