Original Publication Date: 19 February, 2014
Publication / Source: Hepatic Oncology
Authors: Do Young Kim & Kwang-Hyub Han
The surveillance of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), which has been a standard of care in the management of patients with chronic liver diseases, greatly contributed to the early detection of liver cancers amenable to curative treatment. Nonetheless, the current strategy for HCC surveillance does not seem to be ideal and the problems may mostly arise from the incompleteness of surveillance tools. As revealed by a study using the cohort of the HALT-C trial, the most common reason for identifying HCC at a late stage was an absence of detection despite adherence to surveillance, which clearly implies that better surveillance tools are required .