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Guideline for hepatocellular carcinoma

Seung Man Cho, Byung-Ho Choe
This review article was requested by editor-in-chief of this journal as 'pediatric CHB treatment' for the upcoming special issue. The main objective of chronic hepatitis B (CHB) treatment is diminishing the risk of complications related to chronic liver disease. In Asia, there are already some reports about hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) in hepatitis B virus (HBV) infected children. The key points of treatment in children with CHB infections are selection of which patients to treat and conformation of the optimal therapy time that would reduce viral resistance...
September 2016: Annals of Translational Medicine
Imane El Dika, James J Harding, Ghassan K Abou-Alfa
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is becoming an important cause of mortality in patients with HIV, attributed to coinfection with hepatitis C virus, hepatitis B virus, and the longer survival advantage these patients are achieving after introducing the highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) regimens. RECENT FINDINGS: In addition to hepatitis infection, immunosuppression secondary to HIV infection, direct impact of the virus on liver parenchyma, and the use of hepatotoxic antiretroviral drugs, all contribute to HCC pathogenesis...
October 15, 2016: Current Opinion in HIV and AIDS
Chaeyoun Oh, Joong Kee Youn, Ji-Won Han, Gi Beom Kim, Hyun-Young Kim, Sung-Eun Jung
INTRODUCTION: The Fontan procedure (FP) has become the standard operation for patients with single ventricle physiology. However, a long period of elevated systemic venous pressure and low cardiac output after the procedure result in chronic inflammation and liver cirrhosis, which may eventually lead to the occurrence of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). CLINICAL FINDINGS: We described the case of a 16-year-old female who developed HCC after the FP. At 21 months, the patient received a lateral tunnel FP, and 14 years later, she began complaining of abdominal distension, telangiectasia, and fatigue...
October 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
Hao Xing, Cunling Yan, Liming Cheng, Nianyue Wang, Shuyang Dai, Jianyong Yuan, Wenfeng Lu, Zhouchong Wang, Jun Han, Yijie Zheng, Tian Yang
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is the third leading cause of cancer deaths worldwide. Early diagnosis improves the prognosis. Protein induced by vitamin K antagonist-II (PIVKA-II) is an effective serum biomarker for HCC diagnosis and prognosis. Combined with another serum biomarker α-fetoprotein (AFP), the sensitivity and specificity of HCC diagnosis can be improved to a maximum of 94 and 98.5 %, respectively. PIVKA-II alone or in combination with AFP and/or AFP-L3 was effective in predicting the treatment response and clinical outcome of curative hepatic resection, chemotherapy, targeted therapy, radiotherapy, and liver transplantation...
October 13, 2016: Tumour Biology: the Journal of the International Society for Oncodevelopmental Biology and Medicine
Annick Vanclooster, Hub Wollersheim, Kris Vanhaecht, Dorine Swinkels, Bert Aertgeerts, David Cassiman
BACKGROUND: HFE-related hereditary haemochromatosis (HH) is a common autosomal recessive disorder with clinical manifestations ranging from asymptomatic disease to possible life-threatening complications. Cirrhosis, hepatocellular carcinoma, diabetes mellitus or osteoporosis can develop in HH patients not treated or monitored optimally. The purpose of this study was to develop key-interventions (KI's) to measure and improve the quality of care delivered to patients diagnosed with HH. METHODS: A RAND-Modified Delphi method was used to develop KI's...
October 13, 2016: BMC Health Services Research
Chai Hong Rim, Jinsil Seong
In oncologic practice, treatment guidelines provide appropriate treatment strategies based on evidence. Currently, many guidelines are used, including those of the European Association for the Study of the Liver and European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EASL-EORTC), National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN), Asia-Pacific Primary Liver Cancer Expert (APPLE), and Korean Liver Cancer Study Group and National Cancer Centre (KLCSG-NCC). Although radiotherapy is commonly used in clinical practice, some guidelines do not accept it as a standard treatment modality...
September 2016: Radiation Oncology Journal
Ali Canbay, Jan-Peter Sowa, Wing-Kin Syn, Jürgen Treckmann
BACKGROUND: Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is a continuously increasing cause of chronic liver disease and a health burden in all populations affected by the obesity and metabolic syndrome pandemic. Cirrhotic alterations or hepatocellular carcinoma developing from NAFLD may require liver transplantation (LTx). METHODS: Current literature was screened for data on LTx in the setting of NAFLD. RESULTS: NAFLD-associated LTx is expected to increase in number and relevance during the next decade...
August 2016: Visc Med
H Becker, J T Stahmeyer, M P Manns, C Krauth, M Cornberg
Infections with hepatitis B-, C- and D- viruses have a significant health burden. In Germany, the seroprevalence of HBs-Ag is calculated with 0.6 % and of HCV-antibodies with 0.3 %. However, most patients are not diagnosed. Sequelae are liver-cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma. Several S3-guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of viral hepatitis have been established. However, implementation of guidelines is not easy to evaluate. To estimate the changes of medical knowledge and diagnostic procedures about viral hepatitis, 7 parameters of liver-diagnostics were elected to analyze the requirements profile in the years 2005 - 2011 in 4 German federal states...
October 6, 2016: Zeitschrift Für Gastroenterologie
Carlo Sposito, Stefano Di Sandro, Federica Brunero, Vincenzo Buscemi, Carlo Battiston, Andrea Lauterio, Marco Bongini, Luciano De Carlis, Vincenzo Mazzaferro
AIM: To develop a prognostic scoring system for overall survival (OS) of patients undergoing liver resection (LR) for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). METHODS: Consecutive patients who underwent curative LR for HCC between 2000 and 2013 were identified. The series was randomly divided into a training and a validation set. A multivariable Cox model for OS was fitted to the training set. The beta coefficients derived from the Cox model were used to define a prognostic scoring system for OS...
September 28, 2016: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
Roman Kloeckner, Daniel Pinto Dos Santos, Karl-Friedrich Kreitner, Anne Leicher-Düber, Arndt Weinmann, Jens Mittler, Christoph Düber
BACKGROUND: Arterial hyperenhancement and washout on computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) are described by all major guidelines as specific criteria for non-invasive diagnosis of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). However, publications on the quantitative assessment of washout in MRI are lacking. Therefore, we evaluated a method for quantitatively measuring and defining washout in MRI in order to determine a cutoff value that allows objective HCC diagnosis. METHODS: We analyzed all patients who underwent liver transplantation for cirrhosis or liver resection for HCC at our institution between 2003 and 2014...
September 29, 2016: BMC Cancer
Teerapat Ungtrakul, Chulabhorn Mahidol, Pattra Chun-On, Charlie Laohapand, Surachate Siripongsakun, Akeanong Worakitsitisatorn, Sirachat Vidhayakorn, Wariya Boonchuay, Jiraporn Dechma, Gaidganok Sornsamdang, Kamonwan Soonklang, Tassanee Sriprayoon, Tawesak Tanwandee, Chirayu U Auewarakul
AIM: To determine the role of screening and surveillance of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) in treatment-naïve chronic hepatitis B (CHB) patients. METHODS: We recruited 2293 CHB patients (both males and females; aged 20-65 years). All patients were screened and underwent surveillance using abdominal ultrasonography (AUS) and serum alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) assay every 6 mo. The diagnosis, staging and treatment of HCC followed the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases practice guidelines and the Barcelona Clinic Liver Cancer guidelines...
September 14, 2016: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
Pongphob Intaraprasong, Sith Siramolpiwat, Ratha-Korn Vilaichone
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is the most frequent type of malignant liver tumor and a high impact health problem worldwide. The prevalence of HCC is particularly high in many Asian and African countries. Some HCC patients have no symptoms prior to diagnosis and many of them therefore present at late stage and have a grave prognosis. The well-established causes of HCC are chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) or chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection or alcoholic cirrhosis and nonalcoholic steatohepatitis. The Barcelona Clinic Liver Cancer (BCLC) Staging System remains the most widely used for HCC management guidelines...
2016: Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention: APJCP
Su Pin Choo, Wan Ling Tan, Brian K P Goh, Wai Meng Tai, Andrew X Zhu
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is a heterogeneous disease that remains highly prevalent in many Asian countries and is the second most common cause of cancer-related mortality worldwide. Significant differences exist between Eastern and Western populations on many key aspects of HCC, contributing to the potential different treatment outcomes and challenges of clinical trial design and data interpretation. In this review, the authors compare HCC in Asia versus the West and highlight 1) differences in terms of epidemiology and trends and their correlation with etiology, 2) differences in genetics and how they relate to underlying etiology, 3) differences in treatment approaches based on existing guidelines and consensus statements, and 4) differences in clinical outcomes for Asian versus non-Asian patients with HCC in clinical trials and the implications for future clinical trial design...
September 13, 2016: Cancer
A Igarashi, W Tang, I Guerra, L Marié, S Cure, M Lopresti
OBJECTIVE: Hepatitis C is the result of a ribonucleic acid (RNA) virus (hepatitis C virus; HCV). The Japan Society of Hepatology (JSH) estimated that 1.5-2 million people in Japan carry HCV. Six major HCV genotypes (GT) and a large number of subtypes have been described in the literature. In Japan, around 70% to 80% of people are infected with HCV genotype 1b. The progress of the disease primarily affects the liver and may lead to liver cirrhosis, hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) and death...
September 9, 2016: Current Medical Research and Opinion
Mishal Mendiratta-Lala, Hakmin Park, Nik Kolicaj, Vivek Mendiratta, Deep Bassi
PURPOSE: Liver transplant guidelines for diagnosing hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) do not mandate pathologic confirmation; instead, 'classic' imaging features alone are deemed satisfactory. Intrahepatic peripheral mass forming cholangiocarcinoma (IHPMCC) is a relative contraindication for transplantation due to high rate of recurrence and poor prognosis. This study examines the imaging findings of IHPMCC, to aid in the identification and differentiation from potentially confounding cases of HCC...
September 3, 2016: Abdominal Radiology
Christina Wang, Vincent Chen, Vinh Vu, An Le, Linda Nguyen, Changqing Zhao, Carrie R Wong, Nghia Nguyen, Jiayi Li, Jian Zhang, Huy Trinh, Mindie H Nguyen
Our goal was to examine rates and predictors for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) surveillance adherence and persistency, since studies of such adherence and persistency in patients with chronic hepatitis (CHB) are currently limited.Consecutive CHB patients (N = 1329) monitored for ≥1 year at 4 US clinics from January 1996 to July 2013 were retrospectively studied. Surveillance adherence was evaluated based on the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases guidelines. Kaplan-Meier method was used to analyze surveillance persistency of 510 patients who had initially fair adherence (having at least annual surveillance imaging with further follow-up)...
August 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
Massimo Colombo, Angelo Sangiovanni
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is the third leading cause of cancer death and the first in patients with compensated cirrhosis. Chronic infection with hepatitis B and C, alcohol, smoking, exposure to aflatoxin and metabolic syndrome, associated with diabetes and obesity are the main etiological factors. Regardless of etiology, patients with cirrhosis stand as the category at higher risk of developing HCC, and indeed are the target of surveillance programs aimed to the early diagnosis of HCC, the only chance to reduce HCC-related mortality...
July 2016: Recenti Progressi in Medicina
Xiaolong Qi, Xin Zhang, Zhijia Li, Jialiang Hui, Yi Xiang, Jinjun Chen, Jianbo Zhao, Jing Li, Fu-Zhen Qi, Yong Xu
Hepatic venous pressure gradient (HVPG) measurement provides independent prognostic value in patients with cirrhosis, and the prognostic and predictive role of HVPG in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) also has been explored. The management of HCC is limited to the European Association for the Study of the Liver (EASL) and American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD) guidelines that consider that HVPG≥10 mmHg to be a contraindication for hepatic resection (HR), otherwise other treatment modalities are recommended...
August 23, 2016: Oncotarget
D Wasiak, M Jonas, B Łągiewska, T Cieciura, P Małkowski, A Chmura
We report a case of a 27-year-old man diagnosed with the infection of HBV delta in the 8th month of life. The treatment complied with evidence-based medical guidelines, comprising neoadiuvant chemotherapy and surgery. Liver transplantation from a deceased donor followed by chemotherapy was performed when the patient was 16 years 9 months of age because of recurrent HCC tumor. The patient qualified for immunosuppressive treatment (rapamycin, tacrolimus), lamivudine, anti-HBs globulin intravascular infusion, and anti-HBV vaccination as a prophylaxis against reinfection with HBV...
June 2016: Transplantation Proceedings
Chiao-Ling Tsai, Feng-Ming Hsu, Jason Chia-Hsien Cheng
BACKGROUND: During the past two decades, external-beam radiation technology has substantially changed from traditional two-dimensional to conformal three-dimensional to intensity-modulated planning and stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT). SUMMARY: Modern techniques of radiotherapy (RT) are highly focused and capable of delivering an ablative dose to targeted hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) tumors. SBRT is an option for selected patients with limited tumor volume and non-eligibility for other invasive treatments...
July 2016: Liver Cancer
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