The Week in Review: February 23 – March 2, 2018

Friday, March 2, 2018 News Recap: Canada: Shifting from concern to crisis: 1 in 4 Canadians may be affected by liver disease. Recent indicators gathered by the Canadian Liver Foundation (CLF) show that an increased prevalence of liver diseases including non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), chronic hepatitis B & C, and liver cancer are why in just ten years, the statistic that was once 1 in 10, is now 1 in 4. Ontario Expands Patient Acce...

Alpha Fetoprotein Testing May Detect Liver Cancer Sooner

Researchers from the UT Southwestern Simmons Cancer Center have conducted a study saying that ultrasound imaging when used in combination with blood testing for alpha fetoprotein could help to improve the detection of early stage liver cancer by 40%, as published in the journal Gastroenterology. Liver cancer screening guidelines vary, some calling for imaging alone and other calling for both blood tests along with imaging. Screening of patients with chron