Liver, Gallbladder, and Biliary Tract Cancers

Liver, Gallbladder, and Biliary Tract Cancers

A 65-year-old woman with rheumatoid arthritis and autoimmune hepatitis presented to clinic for evaluation of a liver mass. Six months prior to presentation, workup was initiated for elevated liver enzyme levels.

An observational study has found that patients with chronic liver disease (CLD) who used aspirin or another NSAID had a reduced risk of developing hepatocellular carcinoma and a reduced risk of dying from CLD.

A new study finds higher levels of vitamin E consumption could stave off liver cancer. The association held up for those who had a family history of liver disease and those who self-reported liver disease.

Treatment with tremelimumab stabilized patients with advanced hepatocellular carcinoma due to chronic hepatitis C infection for more than 12 months, according to data from a phase II clinical trial presented at the AACR annual meeting.

Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) remains a formidable challenge in the United States due to its increasing incidence, its advanced-stage presentation, and its association with chronic liver disease.[1-3]

In their article “Liver Transplantation for the Treatment of Hepatocellular Carcinoma," Drs. Hanish and Knechtle provide a cogent review of many of the issues surrounding the management of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) in patients with cirrhosis.


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