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Palliative Radiotherapy Reduces End-Stage Liver Cancer Pain

Most patients with end-stage hepatocellular carcinoma experience pain; a new study shows that low-dose radiotherapy can relieve pain and even improve survival. MDedge News

Liver Cancer Exacts High Financial Toll on Older Adults

The financial burden of hepatocellular carcinoma, the most common type of liver cancer, is high for Medicare beneficiaries in the first year after diagnosis. Medscape Medical News

Radiotherapy Improves Survival in Difficult Liver Cancer Cases

Stereotactic body radiotherapy plus sorafenib led to a strong survival benefit vs sorafenib alone in advanced hepatocellular carcinoma. MDedge News

Antiviral Therapy Improves Survival After Liver Cancer Surgery

The analysis focused on elderly patients after hepatectomy for hepatitis B virus–related hepatocellular carcinoma. The study was published as a preprint and has not yet been peer reviewed. First Look

Novel Blood Test for Early-Stage Liver Cancer Shows Promise

The blood test identifies early-stage hepatocellular carcinoma in patients at risk with around 90% accuracy and could augment current surveillance methods and improve patient outcomes. Medscape Medical News

Pervasive 'Forever Chemical' Linked to Liver Cancer

Exposure to perfluorooctane sulfonic acid correlates with an elevated risk for hepatocellular carcinoma. Medscape Medical News

Neighborhood Factors Contribute to Liver Cancer Disparities

Texas has the highest rate of hepatocellular carcinoma in the United States, and new research sheds light on why incidence rates vary across the state by race, ethnicity, and geographic location. Medscape Medical News

Treatment Combo Shows 'Clinical Benefit' in Liver Cancer Trial

The combination of a tyrosine kinase inhibitor with an immune checkpoint inhibitor significantly improved progression-free survival in patients with hepatocellular carcinoma, shows a new study. MDedge News

High Residual Liver Cancer Risk in HCV-Cured Cirrhosis

Patients with cirrhosis cured of hepatitis C have a 410 times greater risk of hepatocellular carcinoma than the general population and need regular screening, researchers say. Medscape Medical News

Liquid Biopsy in HCC: Valuable Tool for Detection, Monitoring

Further research is needed, though, to overcome barriers to the routine clinical use of liquid biopsy for patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Medscape Medical News

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