Understanding Liver Cancer is a concise and up-to-date review, which discusses diagnosis, management, patient care, current and emerging therapies, and useful resources that clinicians can provide to their patients. Busy healthcare professionals who want a quick review of liver cancer as well as a summary of current therapies will benefit from this succinct text.
Reviews the current treatment recommendations for liver cancer and emerging treatment options based on recent clinical trials, per specific patient groups
1. Introduction to hepatocellular carcinoma-Introduction, incidence and geography, causes of hepatocellular carcinoma, prevention, surveillance screening, biology of human hepatocellular carcinoma.2. Clinical disease evaluation- Diagnosis A: Radiology, Diagnosis B: Blood tests, tumor markers, Diagnosis C: Biopsy - a debate, assessment of tumour extent for treatment planning: staging classifications, the new patient assessment.3. Management of hepatocellular carcinoma- General treatment choices, therapies with curative intent, non-curative therapies, systemic drugs, assessment of responses to therapy: what do tumor size responses signify?4. The whole patient setting- Therapy decisions for the individual patient: importance of a multidisciplinary team approach, psychosocial considerations, family, support groups.5. New directions6. Addendum- Abbreviations, extended.